Play in the 2018 Interclub Pairs Challenge!

Photo of 2016 winning club players

Sunday 8 July is the last chance for clubs to make their entries to the 2018 Sydney North Interclub Pairs Challenge (or earlier if the 76 pair limit is reached).

Having run for ten years, this is a fun one-day event on Sunday 15 July hosted this year by last year's winners, the Peninsula Bridge Club. As well as fun it is also a challenge for clubs to show their talents across the entire masterpoint range. Novices are just as important as the most expert players. Last year's nail-biting finish saw Peninsula win by half a point with its novice players bringing it home. See all the details, including flier, entry form and event supplementary regulations.

Interested? Talk to your club's adminstrator and make sure you on are their club entry!

Trumps take out 2018 Interclub Teams Challenge

Photo of Trumps team

Trumps won the 2018 Margaret Smale Sydney North Interclub Teams Challenge played on Sunday 11 March at Peninsula Bridge Club, on 16 points just ahead of North Shore Bridge Club on 14. Peninsula came third on 7, ahead of Manly Leagues on 5 and the All-Stars on 3.

Check the overall club results, the detailed round by round results, and the event photo album to view and add photos to the 2018 event photo library or browse to http://bit.ly/2018InterclubTeams.

Peninsula won Category C when Jennifer Ardill, Suzanne Cole, and Lois and Terry Rothwell pipped the leading North Shore team with 86.86VP ahead of 86.39.

Check all the details of the 2018 event, including its flier - Peninsula's team entry was by invitation based on success in club events over the past year. 

The event is named in honour of Margaret Smale who played at bridge clubs across northern Sydney from the early 1990s. Margaret served on the Peninsula Bridge Club committee and as a director for many years. She was also one of the driving forces behind PBC acquiring a dedicated facility – the spacious, airy room which PBC bridge players are lucky enough to enjoy every day. An excellent bridge player herself, Margaret was always a very encouraging mentor to new and upcoming players.

The Margaret Smale Interclub Teams Challenge rewards success across the full range of players, from novices to those playing at open level. The teams are divided into categories based on experience, and all teams finishing in the top half of their field earn points for their club.

Sunday’s event drew teams from Trumps, Manly Leagues Club, North Shore Bridge Club and Peninsula Bridge Club, as well as two All Stars teams from Narrabeen Bridge Club and North Sydney Leagues Club. The day belonged to Trumps who lived up to their name, taking home the trophy.

We were delighted to welcome guests Richard Douglas, Chair of the NSW Bridge Association, and Wynne Murray, Margaret Smale’s daughter, who presented the trophy to the winning team.

Our thanks to all who contributed and particularly to Cath Whiddon as convener, Vivien Eldridge for organising the Peninsula teams, Di Hunter for making sure the delicious food contributed by many appeared at regular intervals, caddy Bill Fitzsimons for magically popping up with the right boards at the right time, Cassandra Mitchell and others for laundering our tablecloths, and to our wonderful directors, Sue Falkingham and John McIlrath.

Bridge player in need

Bridge cartoon

A congress level bridge player, who has lost the use of her legs, is looking for some good bridge competition. She is located in an aged care facility on the lower northern beaches and is comfortable with playing bridge online at Bridge Base Online.

We are looking for one or both of the following:

  • A small number of bridge players who would be able to trial playing face to face with her at her (lovely) facility every now and again, and/or
  • One or two bridge players who are happy to trial being her online partner on BBO.

Read more: Bridge player in need

2017 Interclub Pairs Challenge nail-biting finish

Photo of 2016 winning club players

In an exciting finish, after Trumps had been announced as the winners after a tie checkback with Peninsula, a check of the category scores found an error which had given Trumps a half point too much. The corrected final result has Peninsula on 16 beating Trumps on 15.5 and North Shore Bridge Club on 14.5. Unfortunately this correction was after nearly all the players had congratulated the Trumps players and departed - so we will need to create an after the event collective photo of the winning team.

Forty eight pairs from clubs across Sydney's North are playing today, Sunday 9 July, in the 2017 Sydney North Interclub Pairs Challenge at Trumps Bridge Centre.

This is a fun day as well as a challenge for clubs to show their talents across the entire masterpoint range. Trumps was a great host for the event - assorted sandwiches, Mars bars, barbequed sausages and cake all in a day's bridge.

Novices were just as important as the expert players. North Shore won the open field well ahead of Peninsula and Trumps, but the Restricted results reversed this with no further points going to the North Shore club. 

Check the full results for the day (look for the July 9 event date). You can also check the division into categories based on masterpoint averages and the awarding of club points. There is also a collection of photos from the day.

Thanks are owed to Trumps and Derrick Browne as host, Nick Hughes as unflappable director and Cath Whiddon as behind the scenes organiser (and NSWBA Metropolitan North representative).

Play in the Interclub Pairs Challenge!

Photo of 2016 winning club players

ONE MONTH TO GO! Monday 3 July is the last chance for clubs to make their entries to the 2017 Sydney North Interclub Pairs Challenge (or earlier if the 64 pair limit is reached).

This is a fun day on Sunday 9 July, hosted by the Trumps Bridge Centre, as well as a challenge for clubs to show their talents across the entire masterpoint range. Novices are just as important as the most expert players. See all the details.

Imagine your club's players in a photo replacing this one from Trumps' victory in 2016...