Harris FPs Become Bridge Champions

Two women who developed their card skills during school lunch-breaks in Dundee have helped Scotland become the British ladies champions at Bridge for the first time in 10 years.

The Dundee-born duo of Suzanne Cohen and Paula Leslie, who first partnered each other 15 years ago as pupils at the Bridge club at Harris Academy, were an integral part of the Scottish team's victory at the Lady Milne Trophy contested near Belfast last week.

Suzanne and Paula played with Liz McGowan and Fiona Quaker throughout a successful final day when victory against the teams from Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Wales set up a final match showdown against England.

The Scottish team won the tussle 22-8 ending England's run of nine straight victories in the event.

The six-woman Scottish team that also included the pairing of Jill Arthur and Sheila McDonald eventually racked up 143 victory points.

Suzanne said, "We are very pleased about the win. We have never had a first place in an event before so it is great. We had a bad start to the event but on the last day we managed to go two points ahead going into the last match against England. It was very close but we had a good victory."

Scotland's win follows their best ever result in the European Ladies Bridge Championship in Nice last June when the same team won the bronze medal.

Taken from "The Courier", April 22, 2004