Newsletter - 24th May 2018

From the President:

Thank you very much to everyone who contributed to the success of the Southern Tablelands teams last Sunday. In addition to hard-working committee regulars, thanks go to the director, Sebastian Yuen, to the floor manager John Hempenstall and to the catering team of Trish Arnold and Sue Pillans, who were ably assisted by many slice makers. We were delighted to welcome some out-of-towners: as well as the Bungendore regulars, there were players from Goulburn, Young and Adelaide.

We appreciated the sponsorship of the Australian Bridge Magazine for this event. Give yourself a treat and subscribe to the magazine version for a broad audience, or the online version for Novice players.

Best wishes,

Drinks to celebrate 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

Lighter Moments

I'm giving up bridge - Tonight's my last night
It's amen to Staymen, I give up the fight.
The insults and muddles are giving me troubles 
And I can't sleep at night for thinking of doubles.

My cards are all rotten and I have forgotten
Who's played and what's trumps and what's gone on my right!
So for now it's all over- I'm off to the back wood
I'm bidding good-bye to Gerber and Blackwood

I can't stand the hassle, I can't stand the pain
I'm getting those bad cards again and again.
So I'm giving up bridge - Tonight's a bad night.
Declarer is horrid and nothing's going right.

My partner's a dope and I'm losing all hope.
And when s/he says double I know we're in trouble.
My points are not high and I'm wondering why
S/he kept on bidding right up to the sky.

We're in seven spades and all my hope fades
When surprise, surprise, the high bidding pays!
We're winning all tricks, the defenders feel sick, 
And I have to admit my partner's a brick

But I'm giving up bridge - Tonight's my last night!
Farewell to conventions - I give up the fight 
So I leave with few words but some that are true,
Bridge is a game - not for me but for you.

So be kind to your partners and don't mind their cheek.
For it's only a game - Oh! Yes. I'll see you next week


The Australian Bridge Magazine Southern Tablelands Teams


  1. Ian Rodgers, Malcolm Wood, Mirza Datoo, Sherryn Datoo
  2. Susan Hegarty, Doina Uzubalis, Stephen Henningham, Catherine Cregan


  1. Hilary Merritt, Joy Bryant, George Zuber, John Kelly
  2. Andrew Kettle, Deborah Milner, Terri Henderson, Atul Hajela


  1. Margaret Bourke, Stephen Fischer, Richard Brightling, David Hoffman
  2. Ian Thomson, Arjuna De Livera, Ian Robinson, George Kozakos                

Working Bee

  • Saturday 26 May 2018 9.30am
  • Sign up list in foyer

Please come and help on the day if you can, inside or outside; something for everyone!

If you notice bidding boxes that need some tidying up, please place them on the bench at the front of the Barry Turner room during the week.

Wednesday Night Bridge

Our next pizza night will be Wednesday 6th June with Richard Hills giving another insightful talk.

The title for the June talk is: The road to Hell is paved by good conventions.

We will also be running the session on this night as a Butler pairs competition. This is where you play as a pair but the score is as if you are playing as part of a team.

Hence you play team tactics rather than matchpoint.

Pizzas from 6.15 pm. Bridge from 7.15 pm.

If you wish to partake in pizzas please contact Jon Pike by Wednesday lunchtime (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Come and join us.

Clem Davis

Master the Basics – cement your Bridge skills

The next lesson will be on Wednesday May 30th, with Barb Toohey.

“Defence – To Cover or not to Cover”

Supervised Session 2018 – all Beginners should attend

Supervised session topics


(starting at 7.00pm)

Thursdays & Fridays

(starting at 9.30am)

Leads & Signals


25th May (Friday)

High opening bids:Pre -empts

28th May

31 May (Thursday)

1st June (Friday)

Weak 2D/2H/2S openings

4th June

7th June (Thursday)

8th June ( Friday)

Strong 2C opening

11th June

14th June (Thursday)

15th June (Friday)

Barb, Ann and Jeanette