From the President.......

The working bee last Saturday went well, thanks to a wonderfully congenial group of members: John Hempenstall (as always), Susan Walters, Catherine Cregan, Stephen Henningham, Lesley Gunson, Maureen Copping, Meg Price, Di Hawke, Chris Sheen, Mark Sheen, David Hoffman, Nikki Riszko, Andrew Struik and Rick Nehmy. Thank you all!

Don’t forget to bring in presents for Barnardo’s to include in Christmas hampers: food items or presents for teenage boys such as t-shirts or vouchers for movies or sports stores would be very welcome. Please place them under the Christmas tree.

Give yourself the chance of a Christmas treat by buying tickets in our Christmas raffle – the hamper is first prize but there are other good options too. You have to be in it to win it! Our club and Multiple Sclerosis Limited will benefit from the money raised.

Best wishes,



Christmas Parties—4th & 6th December 9:30am:

Last minute entry for Wednesday closes at 12.30pm on Monday 4th December!!!!
$35 for members & $40 for non-members.

Fully catered by Golden Roast.


And........don’t forget to wear your Santa hat and festive gear.


Also............Christmas Helpers Needed

Anyone wishing to help on these days, please contact our Social director – Mary Tough on:

Telephone : 0413 024 722 or by e-mail at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Wednesday Night Bridge

Next Wednesday 6 December is Pizza night at 6.15 pm followed by a short talk by Richard Hills on Teams Bridge at 6.30 pm.

Please contact Jon Pike if you want to come for Pizzas, please e-mail Jon at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Upcoming Competitions:

Daytime Events

  • o Christmas Parties
    Mon 4th & Wed 6th Dec 9:30 am.  Scrumptious eats, competitions, fun! Read more...   

Evening Events

Tuesday & Thursday Evenings

 o Tuesday Evenings

    • Medley Teams
      Begins 5 December, 7:30pm for 3 weeks. RED mp read more ….

o Wednesday Evenings

  • Ad Hoc Teams
    6 December 7:15pm – Teams or Pairs may enter. Entries close 4pm, 4th Dec, read more …

o Thursday Evenings

  • Christmas Butler Pairs
    Begins 7 December at 7:30pm for 3 weeks. RED mp read more…


A Christmas Present??????

As you know, Ho Ho Ho, Christmas is coming and you need that elusive Christmas Present!

How about purchasing a Voucher for:

A course of Beginner’s class redeemable any time in 2018 ($75 for 6), OR

A set of Master the Basics lessons on Wednesday Morning’s ($60 for 10 lessons).

These are available now from either Kerry or Keith (Managers Office).


Recent Results:

Grand National Open Teams (GNOT) Swiss Pairs in Tweed Heads 24th to 27th November.

A big congratulations to Jodi Tutty & Stephen Fischer on taking out first place. Another great result from our Canberra contingent.


Eclectics for November. Note, the Eclectic is awarded to winners of each of the normal Duplicate sessions for the best 3 scores in the month:

 Friday Morning:                                 Alan & Bea Duncan

Friday Afternoon:                                Arjuna De Livera & Sean Mullamphy

Saturday:                                            Bronwyn Boehm & Henry Hudson

Monday Morning Red:                        Peter Quach & Dennis O’Connor

Monday Morning Blue/Yellow:            Mark & Chris Sheen

Monday Evening:                                Helen Little & Geoff Hutchins

Tuesday Afternoon:                             Helen Little & Geoff Hutchins

Wednesday Morning:                          Leonie Della & Edith Blumenthal

Wednesday Evening:                          Vic & Maria Meakins

Thursday Morning Blue:                      John Daly & Janet Norris

Thursday Morning Butler:                    Peter Waight & Geoff Hutchins


Dear Hilda Lirsch,

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What is the single most important thing that our partnership can do during the session to improve our outcomes?

Best wishes,



Dear Excelsior!

To quote numerous Aussie politicians: "I do not accept the premise of your question." The single most important thing that your partnership can do should occur BETWEEN sessions; that is bidding practice.

Ideally you or your partner should subscribe to a bridge magazine (for example, Australian Bridge) which incorporates bidding contests, so that you can compare your bidding judgement against that of the experts. This will permit your partnership to improve its bidding system and/or bidding style.

Best wishes



NOTE: There is no Master the Basics on Dec 6 due to the Christmas Party

Master the Basics – cement your Bridge skills

The next lesson is Wednesday, December 13, with Barb Toohey.

  • The topic is Declarer Play “Counting Losers, creating extra winners”


Supervised Sessions – all Beginners should attend

Upcoming topics:

  • December 4th & 7th – Should I Open? The Rule of 20 and the Rule of 15
  • December 11th & 14th – Higher level opening bids
  • December 18th & 21st – System Card


Notice for all Supervised Players

December 2017 - January 2018

Supervised sessions will take place, as normal, on Monday 18th and Thursday 21st December.

Following those dates Barb, Jeanette and Ann will take a break over the summer period.  However, supervised sessions will continue throughout, but without the lesson beforehand.

There will be a volunteer to look after you, an experienced player who will be there to help organise the session and to assist you.

These sessions are designed to give you lots of play practice over the summer period.

Monday evenings will still begin at 7pm and Thursday mornings will commence with duplicate at 10am.

It is important that you arrive at the Club and are seated 15 minutes before the start of the session, so the Director can arrange the movement.

Monday at 7pm                                 Thursday at 10am

25th December 2017 Closed               28th December 2017


1st January – Club Closed                   4th January

8th January                                           11th January

15th January                                         18th January

22nd January                                        25th January

Please Note:

Normal supervised sessions, with lesson, will resume on Monday 29th January and Thursday 1st February 2018, with Thursday commencing once more at 9.30am.

Barb and/or Jeanette & Ann look forward to seeing you there.


Helpers required for Supervised Play in January 2018
We are in need of helpers to assist with the supervised play at the club on Monday nights and Thursday nights. If you are able to help out please contact Chris Sheen at e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone on: 0408 544 244.


Standby Players wanted for:

‘Summer Festival of Bridge’

If you wish to be a ‘Standby Player’, please contact Perelle Scales on:

Mobile phone: 0450 961 935 or by e-mail at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Lost Property within the Club

Please note, all the current ‘lost property’ items (e.g. glasses, glass cases, Ford car keys??!!, etc.) in the Managers Office will be donated to charity after 8th December. If you wish to claim any item you feel is yours, please do so prior to 8th December. Thank you.


Parking in the Clubhouse Car Park

Can all members be considerate when parking in the Clubhouse car park. That is, try to park well within the marked yellow guidelines, park close to the kerb and do not double park behind other cars restricting their access on exit. This is particularly necessary on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings when the car park is quite full.

Thank you for your consideration.


Kind regards

Kerry and Keith