Written by David Farmer
Welcome to the wrap of the 2017 Margaret Smale Sydney North Interclub Teams held on Sunday 12 March at Peninsula Bridge Club - incidentally the club that was defending its 2016 victory.The 2017 winning Trumps Bridge Centre players with trophy
You can check the detailed results and full range of photos from the event - please share with your friends. You can also share your own photos of the day to this Google Photos shared album at http://bit.ly/interclubpix.
We had 36 teams from eight Sydney North bridge clubs. With some of the smaller club entries combined into an All Stars group we had a competition between these six groups:
- Peninsula Bridge Club - 8 teams
- Manly Warringah Leagues Bridge Club - 7 teams
- Trumps Bridge Centre - 6 teams
- North Shore - Club Willoughby - 6 teams
- North Shore - East Lindfield - 6 teams
- All Stars - 4 teams
The field was divided into four categories based on average masterpoints and played a round robin within their category. Categories A and B comprised 8 teams and played 7 eight-board rounds. Categories C and D comprised 10 teams and played 9 six-board rounds.
Teams finishing in the top half of their category earned points for their club - thus teams across the whole range of experience contributed to their club's chance of winning the challenge trophy.
The event is named in memory of Margaret Smale a long-time player at Peninsula Bridge Club and at many Sydney North bridge clubs. Her daughter Wynne Murray was present to congratulate the category winners and then the winning club overall.
The event was successful thanks to the great effort of many - including directors and caddies, set up and kitchen volunteers, the Peninsula players who contributed superb food for the day and in particular to the event convener Cath Whiddon who pulled it all together.
The results of the club challenge was quite close. In the end the Trumps team prevailed with 16.5, ahead of Peninsula on 14, North Shore 9, Manly Warringah 6.5, All-Stars 3 and East Lindfield 1. There are photos of the winners in the photo collection above.
The category result placegetters were as follows:
1. Trumps 1 (Derrick Browne, Richard Douglas, John Newman, Steven Bock)
2. North Shore 3
3. North Shore 1
|Category A winners - Trumps 1 with Wynne Murray
1. North Shore 5 (Julie Guthrie, Mark Guthrie, Margaret Owen, Sunny Pang)
2. Trumps 3
3. Peninsula 3
|Category B winners - North Shore 5 with Wynne Murray
1. Manly Warringah 5 (Colin Dempster, Max Paterson, Jan Chivers, George Brown)
2=. Trumps 5
2=. Peninsula 5
|Category C winners - Manly Warringah 5 with Wynne Murray
1. Peninsula 8 (Heidi Colenbrander, Ray Hurst, Marieta Borthwick, Annegrete Kolding)
2. Trumps 6
3. All Stars 3
|Category D winners - Peninsula 8 with Wynne Murray