Further to the article below regarding UHMP winners, special mention goes to two of our Novice stars — Stewart Barnsley and John van Doorn — who came third in their division. Stewart turns 90 years old in a few weeks and learned to play at our club a mere 10 years ago — a truly commendable effort and an inspiration to us all!
Late in 2018, our club once again took part in the NSW Bridge Association’s Under 100 Masterpoints (UHMP) State Pairs Championships, restricted to players with less than 100 MPs. Our club shone (once again!) — hearty congratulations to all! Certificates for Club winners were awarded this week and are listed below.
Day 1 of the 2019 Summer Pairs saw 28 pairs playing in two sections. Congratulations to the 14 pairs who qualified for the final competition — notably, a wide range of our members’ levels is represented! The final (Day 2) next Wednesday 20 February 2019 will be played in a Howell Movement over 7 tables. The draw for Day 2 showing the original seeding for the event is attached.
Interesting bridge, pleasant company and good food – what more could we want? Fielding 31 teams from near and far, our congress was a hard-fought but enjoyable competition. Click on this link for full results — prize winners are listed below. Pictured are the winning team: David Weston, Kim Morrison, Greg & Sharon Mayo.
Seven-time world bridge champion, Karen ‘Kate’ McCallum is a professional bridge player from New Hampshire, USA who has been playing bridge for over 50 years. Kate (pictured 3rd from the left) and her teammates Axel Johansson, Peter Gill and Liz Sylvester played in our recent congress and told us a little about herself.
We are pleased to be again offering free bridge lessons for beginners - this year on Tuesday evenings for 6 weeks from 12 March to 16 April 2019 inclusive. Classes will be held in our clubhouse (34c Lake St, Forster) from 7 - 9 p.m. An introductory bridge book will be available for $20. If you and/or someone you know have been considering taking up this stimulating and fun past-time, contact Don on 6555 9262. All are very welcome - spread the word!
We are continually thankful for the great support of our club members, both full and associated. Did you know that GLBC has currently a total of 214 members, and 28 of these have been members for over 30 years? Full membership costs $25 per year - of this, $1 goes to our club and $24 is paid in affiliation fees ($9 to the NSW Bridge Association and $15 to the Australian Bridge Federation). GLBC associate members' fees are $10 (their affiliation fees are paid via their home club).
We are pleased to announce that the clubhouse will be ready to open as planned on Monday 28 January 2019—running the Restricted Teams Day 1 and a normal duplicate game for others. A small group of helpers will finish setting up the room on Sunday morning from 9 a.m. We thank the committee for their work and dedication during this process – much appreciated!
Work is well underway at our clubhouse and we are pleased with the commitment shown by the builder. A detailed list of the work is below. All is going to schedule and, although some external work may continue, we intend to reopen for bridge (as previously advised) on Monday 28 January 2019 - watch this space. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank GLBC member, Stan Pietrowviec for his input during this process.
Entries are now open for our Swiss Teams Congress to be held on Saturday 9 Feb and Sunday 10 Feb 2019 - enter online here or pick up an entry form at the clubhouse after we reopen on Monday 28 Jan 2019. Entries close 6 Feb 2019 - late entries may be accepted at the discretion of our Convener, Sylvia on 0431 066 388.
Full congress details are available via the brochure link, and are summarised below:
Mail: PO Box 474
Forster NSW, 2428
Tel: 02 6554 5965
Mobile: 0490 180 102