Awards night, January 16th, 2008


Photos courtesy of Mike Smith

Star of the Awards Night was Peter Edwards, pictured here after the event with most of his trophies (the envelopes full of money had been safely stashed in a pocket by this time!)
Mark Dixon (near left) took his second Bristol Premier League title in three years. Second and third were Stuart Mann and Ian Tarr
Top four in Premier Two (and promotion winners to Premier One) were (left to right) champion Paul Gilbertson, runner-up Ann Pocknell, and third and fourth placers Gaz Owen and Miles Farren
Marcus Wrinch (far left) deserved to beat Peter Edwards to the Conference League title, if only because he won all of his first sixteen matches! This was the only "year long" title available to Peter that he didn't win, although coming a clear second was some consolation. Third placer Cecilia Sparke is also pictured. These three, along with Simon Hughes and Todd Young, gained promotion to Premier Two.
Peter Edwards was runaway winner of the OGP, having won four of the twelve monthly tournaments. Runner-up Ian Preston and third placer Roland Herrera complete the OGP honours line-up.
Those remaining as intermediates will be glad to see the back of IGP winner and runner-up Peter Edwards and Marcus Wrinch, arguably the most dominant duo ever seen at this level.
Even having a partner couldn't stop Peter Edwards' march to victory. He had two different partners in the Consulting Doubles Grand Prix, and succeeded with both to take the outright doubles championship. Second, third and fourth were (left to right) Ian Preston, Nick Barham and Marcus Wrinch
And Peter's handicap, which began the year at two and had reached scratch by the time we got to the fifth of our six Handicap Trophy tournaments, made little difference to his all conquering season. He took the title, pipping sponsor Ed Turner (also pictured) when he won the final event.
The seventh Bristol Masters, an event contested each year by sixteen qualifiers, was won in 2007 by Mark Dixon (left), who beat Ed Turner in the final.
Marcus Wrinch (left) carried on the tradition whereby each winner of the Intermediates Trophy waves goodbye to the intermediate ranks. He defeated Peter Edwards in the final.
The Rookie of the Year award was previously sponsored by Gammonitis, but following the sad demise of that organisation, had no sponsor for 2007. It's too important an award to abandon, however, and the recipient this time was Marcus Wrinch
Martin Hemming is the kind sponsor of the award for the Most Improved Player, judged jointly by Martin and Bristol Backgammon Director Ian Tarr. This year the verdict went to Gaz Owen, who is rapidly becoming one of our top players.
Pictured left to right are two recipients of the 1000 to 1 award for winning at least ten successive matches in contributing competitions. Peter Edwards received his, while Roland Herrera (no reflected glory here!) picked up one he should have been presented with last year. Phil Charlton also got one of these but couldn't make it along to the Awards Night.
Stuart Mann was once again top of the rankings at the end of 2007, and also became the first player to win 100 matches in Premier League competition. He is pictured right receiving both awards.
Two of our four Lesters Trophy tournaments now carry an additional reward in the form of a special memorial trophy. For a few years now the winner of the December event takes the John Chidgey Cup, won by Ed Turner (right) in 2007, while Peter Edwards (left) was the first winner of the Samuel Meade Memorial Shield, given to the winner of the March tournament. From 2008 the June event will also carry a special award, in memory of Sarah Rosich, who sadly left us in December

Photos courtesy of Mike Smith



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