Bridge player in need

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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.

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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

Free workshop for bridge teachers

Come to a a free professional training day for bridge teachers who wish to become accredited with the Australian Bridge Federation (ABF).

Teacher Training Program
This session aims to prepare prospective teachers for their first class and to assist experienced teachers with new ideas for their classes. Each Teacher Training Program offers a closer look at teaching methods and presentation and contains resources for beginners, help with play and card play courses. Teaching ideas are developed through discussion and practical demonstrations. There are also marketing and promotions tips, and ongoing support offered from the ABF.

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