Under 100 Masterpoints Pairs – Sunday 26th

This Sunday 26th November, NSWBA will be hosting the State Under 100 Masterpoints Pairs Championship at our Goulburn St venue. You can enter by clicking here. Bridge starts at 10.00am, there will be two sessions with lunch in between ($30). Prizes are awarded in four divisions. It’ll be a fun day, with bridge players throughout the state playing the same boards at the same time! If you are interested but need a partner, talk to Collette or Wing (office@nswba.com.au or 02 9264 6884).

Melbourne Cup
It seems everyone had a great day – have a look in the photos for Ray Gilmore and Kathy Lemech (who jointly won the Fashion on the Field prize), and Ruth McConnell, who handmade her own card-themed fascinator!


Ray Gilmore and Kathy Lemech - 1st in Fashion On The Field


Workshop – Nov 17th
November’s workshop is focused on two competitive bidding conventions, Unusual Notrump and Michaels cue bid, as well as some Play and Defence. Click here for information.

An article on Palindromes
“Madam In Eden, I’m Adam” – a palindrome. A little while back we posted that SBC player Martin Clear won the 2017 World Palindrome Championships. Here’s a playful article that mentions Martin and makes for an amusing read.

SBC Success At The Spring Nationals

Martin Clear & Phillip Halloran (1st Restricted Pairs)


Johnno’s Marathon: Thanks For Your Donations!
Donations neared $5000, thank you very much! Here’s a list of donors and a few words about how the marathon went.


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