Soberton Shield 2019 Rules and Guidance

WHEN: 4 January, (1 February cancelled), 1 March, 5 April, 4 October, 1 November, 6 December.

WHERE: At the Soberton Village Hall. Table money is 2.00 per player including tea/coffee and biscuits.


  1. The competition is for eight teams only with each team consisting of six players.
  2. All teams to have a playing name (assigned by the team) and a team number (assigned by the organisers).
  3. Each player will be assigned an individual handicap, based on their NGS grade as at the date of play. These will be as follows: 2 +16, 3 +8, 4 +8, 5 +4, 6 +4, 7 0, 8 -4, 9 -4, T -8, J -8, Q -12, K -16, A -20. In the absence of an NGS ranking, players will be asked to disclose their percentage on these dates. For those with no ranking, handicaps will be assigned commensurate with playing experience.The handicap of each team will be calculated on this basis.
  4. Each team will field 4 players to play on the evening. There are no restrictions on which 4 players can play on any night.
  5. Any team unable to field 4 of their chosen 6 shall be entitled to bring in a player who has not previously played for any other team. The substitute does not become a permanent member of the team. The handicap of the substitute player shall be the NGS percentage as on the date of play.
  6. The Captain of each team to disclose to no later than 9am on the Friday of play, the identities of the players for that week.
  7. Any team not fielding 4 players shall be assigned the lowest score of the evening minus 1.


  1. Please arrive at 6.45pm to help set up for a 7pm start.

    It is felt that the burden of administering the evening has not been taken up evenly and for the coming year there will be a rota. The responsibility for closing the hall must rest with the team on the rota tasked with putting away. The Hall will be opened at 18.30. There are in essence three jobs for each evening of play. These are:

    A. Setting up. Eight tables will need to be set up with chairs, cloths, bidding boxes and scorecards. The Meon committee member opening up will unlock the cupboard containing the equipment and the chairs, cloths and tables are in the cupboard to the left of the stage.
    B. Catering. This involves setting out the tea cups, biscuits etc. and putting on the urn and immersion heater. There will always be 32 players. The role also involves serving the tea and coffee overseeing washing up and putting away as well as emptying the urn and turning off the immersion heater.
    C. Putting away. The chairs and tables need to be stacked neatly in the main cupboard and the rest of the equipment put away in the Meon cupboards. If the curtains are drawn these need to be opened and any open windows to be closed.  As a safety precaution and to ensure fairness to those Meon Committee members who hold keys, the team holding responsibility for putting away must all remain until the hall is closed and locked up.
    NOTE: although these roles are assigned in the rota below, it is hoped that all players will assist as normal. Many hands make light work ! Dummies will be asked to wash up after the break as usual.  The rota is as follows. The numbers are the number of the team:
            A   B   C
    Jan.    3   2   1
    Mar.    7   8   1
    Apr.    2   3   4
    Oct.    5   6   7
    Nov.    8   3   1
    Dec.    6   5   4
  2. A list showing team names and numbers will be on the table immediately outside the hall.
  3. When the 8 tables have been set up please, as a team, go and sit at the table corresponding to your team number. The dealing machine will always be used so please do not shuffle the boards or look at the travellers.
  4. Each table will have pre-programmed Bridgemates. Each North player must ensure throughout that their opponents and the boards are as is shown on the Bridgemates.
  5. Please put table money of 2.00 per person on the table.
  6. When the 3 boards have been played, agree the scores with your opponents. All players must complete a score card to facilitate accurate scoring for your team in case the Bridgemates have a technical hitch.
  7. A break for refreshments for about 15 minutes will be held after the 5th round. Since there will always be 8 full tables would all players please be prepared to assist with washing up, with dummies finishing off after the break.
  8. After having played each of the other 7 teams you should return to your original table.
  9. After play is completed players are asked to stay in the hall while the Director confirms that the scores have been correctly collated by Bridgemates.  If there is a problem, teams will be asked to score manually using IMPS.  The Director will explain the process and players should remain in the room until the Director is satisfied with the results. 
  10. Once play is completed all teams should stack chairs in piles of 8, fold up their table and put it in the store room next to the stage. Bidding boxes and table covers should be put in the boxes on the stage. North should place the Bridgemates in numerical order in the metal case on the stage.
  11. The scores and board analysis will be entered into the web page where a copy of these rules may be found.

Team members, team numbers and team names

Tim Howard (1 - Lord, Ladies and Gentlemen) 
Gill Howard 
Pauline Forrest 
Denise Lord 
Joanna Carter 
Phil Bird 
Dave Goodlake 
Nigel Tay (2 - Five Queens and a Knave) 
Jane Tay 
Sue Carpenter 
Sarah Smallwood 
Joan Clarke 
Jenny Steiner 
Graham Lawrence (3 - Six Hearts) 
Jane Lawrence 
Richard Green-Wilkinson 
Anne Green-Wilkinson 
Ian Borrow 
Liz Borrow 
Gill Flexon (4 - Acolytes) 
Sue Lowe 
Edward Willmott 
Margo Glover 
Georgina Erskine 
Rita Johnson 
Jennifer Privett (5 - Ruffs) 
Pat Prestwich 
Georgina Boase 
Carole O'Neill 
Maggie Warren 
Paddy Wainwright 
Toni Foster 
Alison Wheeler-Bennett 
Maggie Flood (6 - Come Up Trumps) 
Tony Flood 
Peter Childs 
Val Newman 
Tony Allen 
Franky Watkins 
Mark Baylis (7 - Sparkling Diamonds) 
Pauline Bentote 
Brian Wood 
Judy Naylor 
Ann Judd 
Margaret Beardsley 
Lynette Allen 
Neil Goulding (8 - Six Diamonds) 
Elaine Labram 
Henry Labram 
Heather West 
Caroline Hilton 
Simon Broadley