Melbourne Cup
We are having a special Melbourne Cup & Bridge Day on Tuesday November 7th. Join us for bridge, fashion, and food. (Lunch is catered, so bookings required). There will be open and supervised sessions. There is a flier here.

Johnno Running A Marathon For Charity
Johnno will be running (or stumbling through) his first marathon to raise money for charity on October 29th. Read more or donate here.


Workshops – Fridays Oct 13th and Nov 17th
October’s workshop will be particularly suited to any intermediate players who would like a refresher on Stayman, Overcalls/Doubles, Forcing Bids, Leads and Transfers:
Friday October 13th All The Things You Don’t Understand

Coming up:

Friday November 17th Michaels Cue Bid, The Unusual 2NT, Strong Overcalls, Play & Defence


Stroke Recovery Association Fundraiser
Well done everyone, we raised over $1000 for the Stroke Awareness Foundation at our recent fundraiser!



Cypress Lakes Weekend Away
Here are the results from the Final of our weekend away in the Hunter Valley.
There is a photo gallery here.

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Marion Rice’s Memorial Morning Tea
Here are a few photos taken at Marion’s morning tea. The certificate in the photograph is official proof that Marion has been crowned by the Guinness Book Of World Records as the world’s least-young bridge player!

Johnno Newman Wins Coffs Pairs
SBC teacher Johnno and partner Paul Gosney won the pairs by over one match! There’s a short write-up and results here.
Coffs Pairs

Ian McKinnon Wins State Veteran Pairs
SBC member Ian McKinnon recently won the State Veteran Pairs with his partner Virginia Dressler (pictured). Results and pictures here.

New South Wales Nearly Achieved A Clean Sweep In Aus. National Championships
Very exciting! New South Wales made and won all the finals, except the Open section which we lost by 1.1 IMPs (ouch!). Results here. The NSW youth team is pictured below:

New Lessons Scheduled, SBC Holiday Booking Out
On Thursday mornings from August 17-Oct 5 Will is teaching a Beginners Course, here are the details. We have also scheduled our latest Monday and Wednesday sessions.

Good Support Charity Program Winners – Jan-March
SBC donated $300 to Indigenous Literacy, and also $100 each to Exodus Foundation and Royal Flying Doctor Service. Congratulations to Lynne Bastock, our major prize winner! Mary Anne Campbell, Martin Clear, Joan Cleary and Noelene Ross won small runners-up prizes.

Our charities for Apr-Jun are Dress for Success, Camp Quality and Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia. For more information about Good Support, click here.

SBC’s Matt Smith is fighting for a medal in Seoul!
The Australian U25 team is just about to score up their second last match, and it’s looking very good. With another good result and a bit of luck they’ll get a medal. Cross your fingers and wish them luck!
Here’s a hand Matt played on Vugraph, which was written up in the bulletin:

Matt and Johnno representing Australia in Seoul!
You’ve probably come across Matt and Johnno at SBC. Matt’s 250+ bridge books appear to have paid off – he made the Australian under-25 team! Johnno is the Non-Playing Captain, a fancy title, but in reality his duties includes putting the youth to sleep, waking them up then fetching their coffees! Liam Milne (U25 and Girls Coach) has written a humorous intro to the team members here, which also includes a link to results.

Martin Clear Wins $1001 Prize For Palindrome
Today’s Sydney Morning Herald (29-3-17) has a write-up of SBC member Martin Clear’s recent World Palindrome Championship win. He wrote this about Yoko Ono within a one hour time constraint:
“Ono, miked, unaware, damned, ruby burden made raw: a nude kimono”

A Leisurely Prize
Mick and Di McAuliffe enjoying their Stroke Awareness Day prize of afternoon tea at the QVB.

Good Support Charity Program Winners – October-December
SBC donated $300 to Cystic Fibrosis Australia, and also $100 each to Animals Australia and Bear Cottage (children’s hospital). Well done to our major prize winner Robyn D’Angelis! Mary Nixon, Terry Lustig, John Gray and Judith Waldock won small prizes.

XMAS Party Photos
Wednesday’s christmas party was a delicious affair (cherries, mango, champgagne…), brimming with joyousness. Look at the smiles on Jenny and Diana as they discovered they won one of the sessions! Priceless:

Also, thanks to everyone for their generosity. SBC was able to donate $400 to the Salvation Army’s christmas appeal, along with many toys!

Vale Marion Rice
Marion Rice passed away this week, at the age of 107. Marion has been a member of our club for over 40 years. Her health kept her away from SBC in recent times, but until then Marion played at Goulburn St regularly, including morning and afternoon of our Christmas party last year. Her first congress was at the Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, in the Blue Mountains when she was invited up by Paul Lavings and Ron Klinger. Until recently she still played regularly at the Gold Coast Congress and has gone on many Bridge Cruises. On her 106th birthday, there was a press release published in the Senior Magazine.

Happy Bridging,
Vanessa and Will