Newsletter - 2 June 2016


Bill Gray Pairs
Congratulations to Maureen Heslop & Terri Henderson on winning the Bill Gray Pairs. They had a great last round to overtake Tim Davis & Tony Jowett in the last round, with Noel Bugeia & Eric Glass coming in third.

Knockout Teams
The leading teams after qualifying are first Ian Thomson, Arjuna De Livera, Ian Robinson, George Kazakos, David Hoffman & Margaret Bourke.
Second are Pam Crichton, Ross Crichton, Jon Hunt, Sheila Bird & Christopher Quail.
Southern Tableland Teams -
1st. M Wilkinson, G Ware, S Fischer, M Bookallil
2nd. B Waters, S Mendick, B Coles, E Tewes
3rd. M Bourke, G Kozakos, J Hunt, C Quail
L Moss, C Dawson, C Nichols, J Niven
C Hughes, C Bywater, M Hyland, C Hassall

May Eclectic Results
Wednesday Eclectic Pairs is replaced in May with the Bill Gray Pairs:
Thursday Butler: Bernard Waters & Stephen Mendick
Thursday Match point: Marie Hotchkiss & Edith Blumenthal
Friday: Keith Mitchell & Lesley Gunson
Saturday: Alison Farthing & Dorothy Jesner
Monday Red: Ian Dalziell & Trevor Berenger
Monday Blue & Yellow: John Daly, Paul Driver.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday Evenings State Open Pairs (Butler) - 7, 14, & 21 June
Red Master Points are on offer. This is a BFACT Honour Board Event. Please enter on the signup sheet

Thursday Evenings June Matchpoint Pairs and Knockout Teams Repechage & Final
- 16 & 23 June

Anniversary Pairs - Tuesday June 14
There will be afternoon tea to celebrate this very special 41st anniversary.

Social Day at Cooma Bridge Club - Sunday 26 June
CBC members have been invited to an all day pairs event with lunch included. The cost is $25. Please advise CBC if you are interested by Thursday 16 June.

Bridge For Kids
Tuesday 12 July 2016.
10am finishing at 12 noon with ice cream and pizza. Cost $2.

For children to attend Bridge for Kids it is expected that a parent, grandparent or guardian accompany each minor and assist if needed. The convenors will have “Working with Vulnerable Youth” registrations.

The target age is ten to twelve but younger ie eight, and older, to sixteen would be acceptable.

Card games include any trick taking game such as Old Maid, Hearts and mini bridge for older children. A competent player would supervise each table of four. This person could be an accompanying adult. As participants progress they may consider further lessons or participate in an accommodating bridge session.

We are asking the club membership to embrace this initiative by considering and volunteering to assist where possible.

Now we need participants. Please register your interest.

Names of possible participants and helpers can be given to the office for the attention of Elainne Leach or Chris Sheen. They can be contacted by email. Elainne This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Chris This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please help make this a success!

Master the Basic Lessons

The next lesson is Wednesday June 8 at 9.15 am, with Sheila Bird. The topic is Opening the Bidding – Obstructive Openings – Pre-empts, Weak 2s. To make a nice day out, stay and play in the session starting at 10.00am.

Bridge Player’s requests

1. Saturday afternoon bridge, 11 June – John would like both a partner and a lift from Gunning, if you can oblige please contact by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 0425782189
2. A pair of our members require’s another pair to make up a team for the ILLAWARRA BRIDGE ASSOCIATION INC CONGRESS which is being held at the IBA Hall, 11 Princes Highway, Figtree Sunday – Teams 19th June starting at 9.30am am. If interested please contact Tamara 0419289120

President's Corner

Bulletin Number 22 – 2nd June 2016

CBC, the Centre of Bridge in Canberra

A Member’s Club, the club for everybody.

Dear Members

This week my newsletter is a little different. I will start with reference to the above line: “A Member’s Club, a Club for Everybody”. One of our club’s great workers put this to me on Sunday in general conversation. It really states what our club is about. Saturday and Sunday were in fact actual proof of what the statement is about. So there are lots of photos on the notice board reflecting on the weekend’s activity.

Saturday we had a good turnout of workers who rolled up their sleeves and gave the yard a big clean up. One might look and say, not much needed doing. Two huge trailer loads of rubbish and another ready to go during the week, much sweeping, pruning, digging, planting, jokes and morning tea. Thank you to all those that turned up to make a difference on such a cool day.

Sunday we had our Flight Centre Southern Tablelands Teams Day. In my view, likely one of the best formal bridge day’s at the club in recent years? Certainly without doubt, it was in my time in the club. Largely the Barry Turner Room was at capacity, with 31 tables - so full that the bar had to be upstairs. Walking upstairs to get a drink, unheard off! Elainne, Mary and Ian along with others put in a huge effort to ensure a full house. The entrance foyer, for those that attended, had the best spread for morning and afternoon tea and any other time grazing that the club has ever likely had? The cakes and slices were truly astounding. Thank you to all those generous members who contributed to the wonderful array of food.

The overall arrangements for lunch worked a total treat. Well with Elainne and Mary driving that one, would you expect anything less!! Truly a great job and the members thank you both plus of course the other helpers. The event would be incomplete without the Bar Man. Thanks to Niek who regularly picks up that task.

Elainne and Mary have made a wonderful job of convening the day and have undertaken a huge amount of the work for a few years. They are ready to train and help some new people to assume their roles. If we want functions as good as Sunday*s, then we need some new blood involved. There is much planning documentation now in place to assist anybody ready to be involved.

It must be noted that Mary and Elainne had entered a team for Sunday but surrendered that intention to again do the organising for what again was an extremely wonderful day.

Ian did a really wonderful job directing and Bruce provided a huge amount of technical assistance to ensure that between the two of them the day went off without a hitch. Ann Pettigrew was also part of the directing team assisting with the placing and management of the boards and many other tasks that suddenly appear. This was a huge day of work and very effectively undertaken. A big thank you, to the three of you.

Coming up we have a day trip to Cooma on Sunday 26th June. Take your own car, morning and afternoon bridge, a two course lunch, for all inclusive cost of $25. There is a sheet on the board in the main foyer for names. The cut off for names is 16th June.

Many people have spoken to me about our last Ballarat trip, stating their wish to go next year. The Ballarat Club can manage a total of 25 tables. Already I have 10 expressions of interest. Please let me know early if you are interested in attending. It will be a similar trip, Wednesday 5th April, travelling home or further a field on Sunday 9th April. As some did this year, add in other attractions either before or after to make a mini holiday out of it.

The lines for this week are:

• Wouldn't it be great if we could put ourselves in the dryer for ten minutes; come out wrinkle-free and three sizes smaller?

• At my age "Getting Lucky" means walking into a room and remembering what I came in there for.

Happy Bridging

Peter Giles