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

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.

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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...

Wrap - 2017 Margaret Smale Sydney North Interclub Teams

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.winning trumps players img 20170312 174132The 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

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:

Category A:

1. Trumps 1 (Derrick Browne, Richard Douglas, John Newman, Steven Bock)
2. North Shore 3
3. North Shore 1

category a winners trumps bridge centre img 20170312 173939Category A winners - Trumps 1 with Wynne Murray

Category B:

1. North Shore 5 (Julie Guthrie, Mark Guthrie, Margaret Owen, Sunny Pang)
2. Trumps 3
3. Peninsula 3

category b winners northshorebridgeclub img 20170312 173805Category B winners - North Shore 5 with Wynne Murray

Category C:

1. Manly Warringah 5 (Colin Dempster, Max Paterson, Jan Chivers, George Brown)
2=. Trumps 5 
2=. Peninsula 5

category c winners manly warringah img 20170312 173708Category C winners - Manly Warringah 5 with Wynne Murray

Category D:

1. Peninsula 8 (Heidi Colenbrander, Ray Hurst, Marieta Borthwick, Annegrete Kolding)
2. Trumps 6 
3. All Stars 3

category d winners peninsula img 20170312 173555Category D winners - Peninsula 8 with Wynne Murray