Newsletter - 16 March 2017

Upcoming Events

Nationwide Pairs- Tomorrow - Friday, March 17. The panel discussion at end of play will be led by Niek Van Vucht. This is a Red Masterpoint event.

Seniors Day- Tuesday 10am 21 March Red Masterpoints Pairs & Lunch event.
Play on Tuesday starts at 10.00am with lunch to be at approx 1.15pm.
The cost is $26.00 for a pizza and salad lunch. If you are not staying for lunch table money will be $12.00.
Novelty prizes, wine and soft drinks.
You don’t have to be senior to play.

2017 President’s Butler Pairs- Thursday Evenings
(Incorporating the CBC Mixed Pairs Championship)
23 & 30 March at 7.30pm – 6 & 13 April at 7.00pm
This is a Red Masterpoint event.

ACT Multiple Teams- Tuesday evenings
28 March at 7.30pm – 4 & 11 April at 7.00pm
This three week event has winners in various categories : Open, Women, Mixed & Restricted (less than 1000 masterpoints) This is a Red Masterpoint event.

Garden working Bee

This Saturday 18 March at 10.00am. Please gather up your gardening gloves and gardening tools etc and come and give us a hand. Buckets would also be handy as we will have mulch to spread.

Membership Payments

Are now overdue and will become inactive in 12 days if not paid!
When making direct bank payments please identify the payment with your ABF number or your name.
Members who have not paid their membership by March 28 will become INACTIVE with the ABF and will no longer be issued with Masterpoints.

Master the Basics

These lessons start at 9.15am sharp. Please don’t be late. The next lesson is Wednesday March 22, with Barb Toohey at 9.15am. The topic is “Opening the Bidding” – Obstructive Openings–Pre-empts, Weak 2’s! Stay and play in the session starting at 10.00am.

Supervised Sessions

Supervised sessions, with a lesson preceding the play, are on Monday nights at 7pm, and Thursday mornings at 9.30am.
Ann & Jeanette look forward to seeing you there.
Topics for March-
20th and 23rd System Card
27th and 30th Etiquette, scoring & key bidding points

Further bridge lesson requirements

Please put forward your suggestions to the committee in the suggestion box in the Barry Turner room.
The committee is preparing a programme for further bridge lessons for rising stars and would appreciate your advice about what you want to learn and when you would like the lessons. Obviously we will not be able to satisfy everyone; but your comments will be taken seriously.

Another Bridge Session?

The committee is considering opening up another session during the day later in the year. Could you please indicate in the suggestion box in the Barry Turner room the day and time that you would suit you as this will help with planning.

Other Events

BFACT is running the ANC Open Stage 2 & Restricted Butler Sunday 2 April at CBC
This is Stage 2 of the ANC trials and the first 4 contending pairs earn a place in the Open ANC trials final. There is also a restricted event (<300MP). The first contending pair wins free entry into the ANC restricted pairs. There are prizes for each category. All members are encouraged to play in this event.

Ballarat festival of bridge
Wednesday evening 5th April to Saturday 8th April with farewell dinner on Saturday evening.
Please contact Peter Giles on 0439469811 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in coming. Last year it was a great occasion with a combination of bridge and tourist activities.
A farewell dinner will be held at Barkly’s Lounge and Bar 43 Main Street Ballarat, at a cost of $31.50 for a two course meal, (various choices) plus drinks.
Single entries are welcome and car pooling may be available.

Moruya Bridge Club
Keith Heron 21st Memorial Bridge Tournament
Swiss Red Point pairs event, Saturday 9th April, 2017 at Batemans Bay Bridge Club. Commences at 9.30am.
Cash Prizes. Only 18 tables. Entries close Wednesday 5th April. Contact Alan Booker ph 02 4474 2044 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Results from Batemans Bay 2017 Congress

Friday walk-in 1st N/S Peter Anderson & Brian Thorp 2nd Denis & Jeanette Graham, 3rd Helen Little & Geoff Hutchins - E/W 1ST Robert Van der Hoek & Tim Davis, 2nd Peter Quach & Denis O’Connor.
Saturday’s Swiss Pairs 2nd Brad Coles & George Kozakos 3rd Patricia McDonald & Niek Van Vucht
Sundays Teams 1st Brad Coles, George Kozakos, Elizabeth Havas & Arjuna De Livera, 2nd Karen Creet, Richard Brightling, Andrew Creet & Stephen Mendick

Obituary - Anthony Hancock

The ACT bridge community lost one of its influential members in the early days of organised bridge in the area when Tony Hancock died peacefully in his sleep on Monday evening (13/3/2017). He first appeared in Canberra in the late 1960s, one of a group of under 30s players to take to competitive bridge.
He stepped into the presidency of the CBC in 1969, following the untimely death of Egon Larsen. This was followed by another stint in 1970-71. Later he became president of the ACTBA (forerunner of BFACT) from 1985-87.
In 1970 he married Alison Golley, who is still a member of the club. This was followed in 1971 by running second in the ABF butler pairs, resulting in his international representation in the 1971 Far East Championship, and in 1972 the WBF Olympiad. However work and the arrival of two daughters curtailed further international considerations.
At the national level, he represented the ACT at the ANC on four occasions from 1969 to 1974. This included losing by 4 imps to SA in 1971, the first time any ACT team had made the finals.
Locally he won the State teams in 1969, the State pairs three time, the ACTBC teams 6 times, the CBC teams six times, and the CBC pairs once.
After Tony “retired” from competitive bridge in the late 1980s, he was able to devote more time to his other love, golf. However after suffering a mild stroke a few years ago, he was still able to continue playing golf and croquet. Fortunately the stroke did not hamper his skill at solving cryptic crosswords.
The club extends its sympathy to Alison and family.

Obituary prepared by David Hoffman