Update 3 - COVID-19 restrictions easing but bridge clubhouses still closed

With apologies to those who have already read the latest ABF newsletter, excerpts are reprinted below for our GLBC members. We hope everyone remains safe, healthy and connected in these unusual times, and we look forward to seeing everyone back in our clubhouse soon...

"The literally million-dollar question is when will bridge clubs be opening again? The next couple of months will be critical for the Government’s three-step roadmap to creating a COVID Safe Australia or will we get a second wave as the restrictions are progressively lifted. 

Keep in touch..

Well, actual "touch" is out of the question for a while, but maybe ring a friend or bridge club member to pass the time? Our last article addressed two important roles of our bridge club i.e. playing and learning bridge. But while we are asked to stay at home, let's not forget another very valuable aspect that our club is renowned for - the social one!

Bored and desperate? Here are some coping suggestions for the bridge-deprived

Our GLBC members are no doubt among the 37,000 Australian Bridge Federation (ABF) registered bridge players and thousands of others Australia-wide who are sorely missing their club bridge games in these difficult times. With thanks to the ABF’s March 2020 Marketing Bulletin (and apologies to those of us who have received and read this), below are some great suggestions to check out (click on the blue links for more information):

Online Bridge

Entries to GLBC events are now a whole lot easier

Have you noticed the extra tab on our GLBC website? Right after the ‘Results’ tab above, you’ll find the new ‘Entry’ tab. As an alternative (but not a replacement) to written entries in the folders at the back of the clubhouse, members can now choose to enter online. This facility is particularly important for teams, Swiss pairs and 2-week events where registration is essential for preparation.  You can do this at 10pm on Sunday...not wait until the next day then forget!

2020 Summer Pairs winners

Well done to the winners of our recent Summer Pairs event, Henry Hudson & Terry Bodycote (pictured), with a decisive victory of 193 matchpoints. Second place-getters were Fran & Wayne Carroll (180 matchpoints) and in 3rd place were Pauline Erby & Gil Clarke (178 matchpoints). Honourable mention also goes to mother-and-daughter pair, Susan Stephens & Janet Hubble in 4th place (176 matchpoints). In the Consolation section, congratulations go to N/S winners Judy & Don Scown, and E/W winners Ruth Crawford & Megan Watson.