Newsletter - 10 May 2018

From the President:

The club’s buildings and grounds need some attention again. We would be grateful for any help at a Working Bee on Saturday 26 May from 9.30am. There will be jobs both inside and outside.  Please sign up on the list in the foyer.

Best wishes,

Celebration for Peter Andersson’s 90th – Saturday 26 May, 4pm

Friends of Peter Andersson are invited to come to the Club on Saturday 26 May 2018 from 4.00 pm to celebrate his 90th Birthday.  It is a BYO affair, including a plate to share. If you think that Peter would love to see you at the Club, then please come. Enter the date in your diary NOW.

Should members need further information please contact Juliana Maher (ph: 6281 0031 or email

Upcoming Events

Bruce Crossman playing small

Bridge 4 Kids event, April 2018

For all above events, entry lists are on the BT Noticeboard in the Club and on the Club Website.

Committee Meeting Minutes – February & March

The minutes from the February & March committee meetings are now available for download from the website.

Quiz Night – 12th May - This Saturday

  • $15 per person + optional donations & ‘joker’
  • 7:00pm for quiz to commence at 7.30pm
  • 5 categories, with 53 questions in total
  • Fundraiser for MS Society
  • Full details available on the website
  • Sign up for the Quiz Night on the sheet on the wall in the BT Room, enter online, or by contacting the office.

Reserving your seat

If you wish to reserve a seat before you get your coffee and so on, please do NOT tip chairs forward to do so. The chairs protrude slightly and may trip someone. Please use a “Reserved” sign, which is available from the Managers.

Lighter Moments

There once was a player from Beirut
Who thought he would try to be cute.
  He overcalled a spade
  And died as he played.
The postmortem: a four-card suit.

Beginners' Bridge Lessons – May 2018

Lessons commence:

  • Monday evenings 21st May          7:00pm
  • Friday mornings 25th May          10:00am

The 6 week course costs $75, and includes a textbook, detailed notes and one free supervised play session.

Speak to the office managers to enrol (phone: 6282 2382).

Bridge Lessons for Continuing Students

This is a basic course on Competitive Bidding and Defence designed for students who have completed the Beginners course.

Dates: Tuesdays in May 2018

Time:  10am to 12 noon

Costs:  $15 per week

Featured Topics:

  • Week 3:  Leads      15 May
  • Week 4:  Signals    22 May

Master the Basics – cement your Bridge skills

The next lesson will be on Wednesday May 16, with Barb Toohey.

  • “Defence – Third-hand Play”

Supervised Session 2018 – all Beginners should attend

Supervised session topics


(starting at 7.00pm)

Thursdays & Fridays

(starting at 9.30am)

Responses to NT & Stayman  

11th May (Friday)

Rule of 20 & Rule of 15 14th May

17th May (Thursday)
18th May (Friday)

Signals 21st May 24th May (Thursday)
Leads & Signals   25th May (Friday)

Barb, Ann and Jeanette


2018 ANOT Final

Arjuna De Liver was part of the team that came 2nd, 2 imps behind 1st place, with Andy Braithwaite, Terry Brown & Peter Buchen.

2018 ANOT Womens’ Swiss Pairs

1st Elizabeth Havas & Shiela Bird.

Barry Turner Teams

1st  Elizabeth Havas, Margaret Bourke, David Hoffman, David Wawn & Brad Coles.
2nd Christopher Quail, Julia Hoffman, Tony Marinos, David Appleton.

Has anything changed in 200 years?

"Poor Mr Pickwick! He had never played with three thorough paced female bridge players before. They were so desperately sharp, that they quite frightened him.

If he played a wrong card, Miss Bolo looked a small armoury of daggers; if he stopped to consider which was the right one, Lady Snuphanuph would throw herself back in her chair and smile with a mingled glance of impatience and pity to Mrs Colonel Wugsby, at which Mrs Colonel Wugsby would shrug up her shoulders and cough, as much as to say she wondered whether he ever would begin.

Then at the end of every hand, Miss Bolo would inquire with a dismal countenance and reproachful sigh, why Mr Pickwick had not returned the diamond, or led the club, or roughed the spade, or finessed the heart, or led through the honour, or brought out the ace, or played up to the king, or some such thing: and in reply to all these grave charges, Mr Pickwick would be wholly unable to plead any justification whatsoever, having by this time forgotten all about the game. People came and looked on too, which made Mr Pickwick nervous. Besides all this, there was a great deal of distracting conversation near the table.

All these things, combined with the noises and interruptions of constant comings in and goings out, made Mr Pickwick play rather badly; the cards were against him also and when they left off at ten minutes past eleven, Miss Bolo rose from the table considerably agitated and went straight home in a flood of tears and a sedan chair."

- Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers, 1836

(Kindly supplied by Elizabeth Chisholm)

Assistant Tournament Organiser, Summer Festival of Bridge

The Australian Bridge Federation (ABF) is looking for someone to fill the position of Assistant Tournament Organiser to work alongside the current TO, Roy Nixon, during 2018 to plan and deliver the 2019 Summer Festival of Bridge and thereby learn what the job entails. The aim is for Roy to step down after 2019 and the new ATO take over. Moreover, the ABF is actively considering whether the present one-person job could be split in future years to separate out the planning, promotion and supply roles from the actual delivery of the event itself.

Interested persons should be prepared to discuss their suitability based around their having the following skills, knowledge and previous experience:

  1. Well-developed planning skills for large events including:
    • Government permit, approval or policy requirements
    • Budgeting for large events
    • Effective liaison and negotiation skills with service suppliers
    • Ensuring event registration/entry and payment systems are simple and effective and integrate well with central accounting systems of the ABF
    • Arranging for the supply of all required equipment and services at competitive rates
  2. High level pre-event promotional skills:
    • Identifying and delivering event sponsors
    • Developing and implementing an effective marketing and promotion plan
  3. A good understanding of risk management and strategies to mitigate risk:
    • Insurance requirements
    • Cash and fraud security
    • First aid, health
    • Dealing with young people
  4. At the event, implement effective plans to ensure smooth running of the event and quick responses to problems that emerge.
  5. Post-event, ensure:
    • tidy up, removal of equipment and proper storage at ABF HQ
    • all invoices are submitted promptly for payment
    • appropriate thanks to staff, volunteers and sponsors
    • timely report on event outcomes to ABF management
    • suggest improvements for following year in all key areas
  6. Knowledge of duplicate bridge and bridge tournaments is important but not essential as training will be given.

Remuneration will be negotiable in the range of $4,000 to $8,000 for an assistant training role in 2018.

Expressions of interest should be sent to:

ABF Secretary
PO Box 397

or emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by C.O.B. 25 May 2018.