Newsletter - 14 February 2020

In this week’s newsletter...

Upcoming Events

  • BFACT ANC Seniors Team Selection – Stage 1
  • CBC Egon Larson Pairs
  • Beginners Bridge Lessons


  • Valentine's Day Congress
  • McCutcheon Trophy for 2019
  • Australian U16 for APBF


From the President:

The Grange Valentine’s Day Congress last Sunday went well, thanks to the untiring efforts of Bruce Crossman (director), Michele Grant, Mary Tough, John Hempenstall and John Brockwell. We are grateful to many club members who helped throughout the day with picking up sandwiches, taking money, preparing food, collecting boards, filling in, pouring wine and cleaning up.

We were very pleased to welcome Prue and Michyla from the Grange/Hindmarsh to the presentation. The Grange is a stalwart supporter of the Canberra Bridge Club. And what could be better than living next door to the bridge club?

Best wishes,


Morning Tea

If you fancy a delicious morning tea sometime try one of the people below – they made a delicious spread last Sunday!

Annabel Boag, Val Brockwell, Prue Clarke, Sue Doyle, Helen Eggins, Janet Kahler, Rachel Kerrigan, Claire Marlow, Patricia McDonald, Ben Peoples, Anne Powell, Sue Pushack, Adrienne Stephens and Liz van Der Hor.

Other helpers on Sunday included Ella Beer, Perelle Scales, Margaret Kyburz, Claire Marlow, Jodi Tutty, Susan Walters, Niek Van Vucht, Chris Tough, Bill Tutty, Sebastian Yuen and Simon Grant. Thank you all.


We were saddened to hear this week of the death of Jim Murray, a longterm member of the Canberra Bridge Club. He was a fine player, a director in the early days and a good friend to this club, donating many of his own paintings for us to hang in the Barry Turner Room. We extend our condolences to Sheila and other family members.

Military Wives‘Military Wives’

starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan. “A ragtag group of women on a military base form the Military Wives Choir. Finding their voice together, the misfit choir put two fingers up to stuffy military tradition, anti-war protestors and their own personal differences.”

Screening from 12 March 2020

Some of you have won tickets to an advance screening this Wednesday. Those who haven’t should treat themselves.

Metal name badges

Another batch of metal name badges will be ordered soon. If you would like to get one, please contact Kerry or Emily in the office to add you to the list for this order. The badges cost $15, and must be paid for before ordering.


One of the very necessary jobs in the club, increasingly so, is watering our plants. We appreciate Gordon McAlary, who does this superbly on Mondays. Is there someone who could do this before or after they play on Thursdays?

Upcoming Events

BFACT ANC Seniors Team Selection – Stage 1

  • Thursday Evenings - 5th, 12th & 19th March 7.30pm
  • Pairs Qualifying Event. Entrants must be born before 1/1/1960
  • In addition there will be a 3 week Butler Pairs event for non-seniors
  • Enter online or sign up on the entry sheet in the Barry Turner room.

CBC Egon Larson Pairs

  • Tuesday Evenings at 7:30pm - 3rd, 10th & 17th March
  • Enter online or sign up on the entry sheet in the Barry Turner room.

Beginners Bridge Lessons

Our next course for learning to play Bridge begins:

  • March 16th: Monday evenings, 7pm
  • March 20th: Friday mornings, 10am

The course contains 6 lessons (skipping the Easter long weekend), and includes a textbook, detailed notes and three free supervised play sessions.

The cost is $69, but pay before 9th March and only pay $59 (save $10).

To enrol, contact the office via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (02) 6282 2382.

Lighter Moments

A committee is a group of people who individually can do nothing, but as a group can decide that nothing can be done.


The Grange Valentine’s Day Congress

Open Teams

  1. Sean Mullamphy, Chris Stead, Arjuna De Livera & Richard Hills
  2. Matthew Raisin, John Yoon, Andrew Spooner & Sebastian Yuen

Restricted Pairs

  1. Geoff Hooper & Patricia Mulcahy
  2. Rajiv Shah & Anita Delorenzo

Novice Pairs

  1. Debra Birkby & Paul Birkby
  2. Dev Shah & Diya Shah

McCutcheon Trophy for masterpoints earned in 2019

Placings across Australia

Local Masters:
7th Sau Yem Lo             28.34
8th Nola Arnold            27.56

**Local Masters:
9th Geoff Hooper         50.55

Life Masters:
3rd Andrew Spooner    135.03

Gold Life Masters:
2nd Chris Stead                        224.57

Grand Masters:
2nd Jodi Tutty               387.18
5th Stephen Fischer      291.26

Over all categories in Australia:
6th George Kozakos      417.42
8th Jodi Tutty                387.18

Under 16’s team to play in the APBF in Perth 2020

Congratulations to Dev Shah, Diya Shah and Jade Wilkinson on being elected in the Australian U16 team to play in the APBF tournament in Perth in April.

They all played in the ACT Youth team last July. So congratulations are also due to John Yoon and Andrew Spooner who mentored them then

Lessons & Seminars

Master the Basics

  • Wednesday 9.15am
  • 19th February - “Advancing a Takeout Double”

Thursday "Covering the Basics"

  • Thursday 20th February @ 9:15am
  • Topic: “Declarer Play – Trumps, Discard on extra winners” 

Supervised Play & Lessons

  • Monday evenings, 7:00pm
  • Friday mornings, 9:30am
  • 20 minute free lesson, then play in the Supervised Play section to reinforce your learning (normal table fees apply).
  • You do not need a partner for Supervised Play.


  • 17th & 21st Feb – Responses to NT & Stayman
  • 24th & 28th Feb – Responding & Rebids
  • 2nd & 6th March – Rule of 20 & Rule of 15
  • 9th & 13th March – Pre-emptive Openings

More Bridge Basics for Continuing Students

Barb Toohey will run a 4-week course on Competitive Bidding and Defence.

  • 11th March to 1st April, on Wednesdays at 2pm
  • $15 per lesson, or $55 for all 4 lessons.


  • Week 1: Doubles
  • Week 2: Overcalls
  • Week 3: Leads
  • Week 4: Signals