Newsletter - 12 April 2019
From the President:
The club rooms and grounds are now clean in places that most of us would never even look.
A huge thank you to many for their work last week:
The Friday afternoon players for forbearance and then physical help, especially Colin Beaton, Geoff Hayes, Dave Gallagher and Andrew Struik
The furniture movers: the tireless John Hempenstall and his able assistants George McLean, David Hoffman, Bill Tutty, Jodi Tutty, Ian Robinson, Chris Quail, Sue Samarcq, Terri Henderson
The Working Party group of Ross Crichton, Lesley Gunson, Allen Scerri, Susan Scerri, Julia Hoffman, Perelle Scales, Margaret Bourke, Catherine Cregan, Lyn Turner, Peter Hughes, Chris Sheen, Mark Sheen, Lyn Turner and Anne Powell.
(Apologies to anyone I have forgotten)
As with the first mark on a new car – the first spilt wine or coffee may be a hanging offence!
Best wishes,If you are mentoring or being mentored in May (and if not, why not?), try a different session to your usual one – think about Wednesday night or Friday morning or Saturday afternoon.
When you are giving your partner fascinating pieces of information on bridge odds, think about Bikini Statistics: what is revealed is interesting, what is concealed is vital.
- Tuesdays 7:30pm, starting 16th April for 3 weeks
- Thursdays 7pm (Winter Time commences), starting 2nd May for 3 weeks
This lesson is suitable for quite experienced players, as well as newer players. Those attending will be grouped with other players of a similar standard to enable Jodi to teach to the level of those at the table.
Sunday, 28th April, 10am
- $20 per lesson for Members.
- Topic: Even More Tricks as Declarer, counting the hand.
May is Mentoring Month
Do you want to improve your bridge game?
If you are a beginner who would like some help to improve your game, or a mid-level or slightly better player who wants help to move to the next level in bridge, the club invites you to apply for a mentor during May.
Each mentee will be provided with a suitable mentor as partner for 2 sessions of bridge. The mentor will generally play the mentee’s system. The mentee pays the table money.
Mentors are needed. If you are a friendly person who is available to play 2 sessions during the month to assist a club member please complete an application to be a mentor.
Sapphire Coast Congress
Pairs: 2nd Brian Thorp & John Donovan
3rd Niek Van Vucht & Patricia McDonald
Teams: 1st Elizabeth Havas, Chris Stead, Val & John Brockwell
2nd Karen & Andrew Creet, Stephen & Jenny Mendick
3rd Jan Davis, Tim Davis with Rob Van Der Hoek and Sue Neill
Egon Larson Pairs
- Tony Marinos & Peter Grant
- Elizabeth Havas & Margaret Bourke
State American Whist Teams
- Margaret Bourke, David Hoffman, David Wawn, George Kozakos, Arjuna De Livera
- Tim Davis, Steve Carter, Barb Toohey, Tony Marker and Bill Tutty
Promotions for March
Julie Ryan, Heather Seymour
Anne Foote, Dorothy Holt
Wednesday Night Eclectic (March)
Open: John Hempenstall & Clem Davis
Handicap: Andrew Moorhead & Maureen Lipinski
Ballarat Festival Of Bridge
Members who follow the CBC newsletter and our TV advertisements will know that last week was the annual Ballarat Festival of Bridge. It ran from Wednesday through to Saturday with an event every day. A good number of players from surrounding towns attended plus 10 members from CBC. Canberra was the most represented club apart from Ballarat home members.
Apart from the bridge each day, we checked out the Begonias (Begonia Festival had just finished so still plenty to see), the Botanic Gardens (to see the Prime Ministers walk, busts of our past PM’s), the lovely Lake Wendouree, Coffee Shops and some retail therapy amongst other tourist attractions. One of our group was delivered to a Barber Shop but did not feel the need to go through the door.
On the Wednesday night the CBC delegation enjoyed dinner together at the famous Craig’s Hotel. I suspect it is some time since Craig’s has enjoyed such a happy group.
Most of our CBC attendees combined the Ballarat element with other opportunities, visiting family, walking old rail trails, visiting the Great Ocean Road. It is ideal to explore and combine with other tourist activities.
It was a very enjoyable few days. Dates will be available for next year shortly. Already the Ballarat club is planning a visit to Canberra in October for the Canberra in Bloom congress and a session at CBC.
Overall CBC was well represented in the placings:
- Tuesday walk-in: Jim Collier and Peter Giles
- Wednesday Restricted, our wonderful committee members Cathy and Claire.
- Thursday National Wide Pairs, Section 1, Jennifer and Brett Yeats with a big 71%, Section 2, Jim Collier and Peter Giles
- Friday, a 5th by Jim Collier and Peter Giles
By Peter Giles
Lessons & Seminars
Master Basics will resume on April 10, 2019 at 9:15am.
“Declarer Play – Trumps, Discards on extra winners”.
Cost: $6 for members, $8 for non members
Monday / Friday
|8th - 12th April||No Trump Play #1||Competitive Bidding - Advancing T/O double|
|15th - 19th April||Trump Play #1||Negative & other doubles|
|29th April - 3rd May||Card Play #2 Finesse||Planning - Play Points|
|6th - 10th May||Better minor, responses & rebids||Overcalls|