2019 Interclub Pairs Wrap

Photo of winning Trumps players

Trumps proved victorious on Sunday 29 September in a closely fought battle for the Metro North Interclub Pairs Challenge, ahead of Peninsula Bridge Club with North Shore, Balgowlah-Dee Why and Manly Leagues filling out the remaining positions.

The event saw 72 pairs represent these five major clubs, the largest field ever for this event with its 36 tables somewhat higher than the three tables in the first time this event was run in 2008.  Peninsula and the event organisers, led by convenor Cath Whiddon, were applauded for hosting a great event. 

For the first time we played a barometer movement thanks to the work of director, Ronnie Ng, well suited to the four 9 table fields used. These were broadly determined by average masterpoints of the pairs entered with some minor adjustments in the middle two fields to ensure that at least two pairs from each club were in each field.

Check the full results of each of the four fields, and the club results tally - the top half of each field earned points for their club, 9 for the first pair down to 1 point for the 9th pair. 

Trumps triumph at 2019 Metro North Interclub Teams

Photo of the Trumps team 2019

Thirty two teams from across Metro North region converged on host club Trumps Bridge Centre on Sunday 10 Mar to battle for their clubs under direction of Nick Hughes.

In the end Trumps managed to retain the Margaret Smale Interclub Teams Challenge trophy beating North Shore Bridge Club 12 to 11, well ahead of third placed Peninsula Bridge Club (who squeaked in ahead of Manly-Warringah Leagues Bridge Club).

The field was broken into five equal sized categories A-E. The top two played a Whist movement in one field, as did categories C and D. Category E played a normal head to head round robin. The top three teams in each category earned points for their club: 3 for first place, 2 for second and 1 for third.

Check the results below:

 Thank you all. 

Play in the 2019 Interclub Teams Challenge!

2018 Trumps team winners

The countdown is on! Sunday 10 March is the 2019 Metro North Interclub Teams Challenge, and the last chance for clubs to make their entries is Sunday 3 March (or earlier if Trumps teams limit is reached).

This is a fun day, hosted by 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 including flier and club entry form.

Also check last year's results where Trumps were victorious.

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.