Newcastle Bridge Club holds seven sessions of duplicate bridge each week – both daytime and evenings – and all players are welcome. The venue is close to Broadmeadow railway station and is also serviced by bus routes. There is disability access and off street parking is available. Tea, coffee and biscuits are included in the table fees which are $6 for members and $7 for non-members. The Club will help arrange a partner if required.

The course of bridge lessons  for beginners commenced on Tuesday 28th July, 2015.   For more information contact Wayne Morgan – Mobile 0488 298 599 or  Home 02 4962 1816.

For instructions on completing an ABF System Card click here

Commencing Tuesday, 6th October, players will be able to attend the Tuesday session without a partner.
Each week, a standby player will be available to play with anyone who does not have a partner.

NSWBA Country Carnival Finals

The finals of the NSWBA Country Pairs Carnival were held over the October long week-end at Port Macquarie-Hastings Bridge Club.  Eileen Sellers and Pete Goodwin were entered in the Novice Section of the event and finished a creditable third, less than one VP behind second place.  Well done you pair.  Results for other pairs known to our Club included the Baguleys finishing 4th in the Restricted Section, and Jim Thatcher and Carolyn Seymour 4th in the Open Section.

The finals for next year’s event are to be held in Bowral.  We can only hope that the NSWBA publish details earlier and avoid holding finals on a public holiday long week-end in the middle of the school holidays.

Mixed Teams

The club Mixed Teams is being held on Thursdays 29th  October, 5th November and 12th  November. Each team must contain at least one female and one male player and liberal substitutes will be allowed.  At the conclusion of play on the last night drinks and nibbles will be provided.

This is the last team event of the year so please get your entries in now.

If you need assistance in forming a team, contact Ken Wilks on 4954 2339 or 0411 048 540.

Congress Results

Ken Wilks and Michael Simes again performed well at the recent Great Lakes Congress held in Forster.  They took out first place in the Swiss Pairs Event and then when teamed with Greg and Sharon Mayo came third in the Swiss Teams.  Their team did not lose any of their seven matches and were the only team to draw with the overall event winners.

NSW Country Carnival Pairs Event

The County Carnival is an initiative of the NSWBA aimed at enhancing participation of regional players in state events. It is both a pairs event and an inter-zonal competition introduced in 2014 which the NSWBA will subsidise for the first three years.

The competition starts with Club Qualifying events, progresses to Regional Finals and culminates in the final, the Country Carnival. There are three categories:

  • Novice (<100MP)
  • Restricted (<300MP)
  • Open

The regional final of the 2015 Country Carnival was held on Sunday 13 September at Club Macquarie, Argenton.  The Final will be hosted by the Port Macquarie-Hastings Bridge Club over the October long weekend, 3rd & 4th October.  There will be a trophy awarded to the best performing Zone. There will also be prizes in each category. Pairs coming first in their category will receive $300, as well as medallions. Second and third place getters will receive $200 and $100 respectively.

At the recent regional final, two Newcastle pairs participated in the <100 MP section with both pairs achieving excellent results. Following eight neck and neck rounds of play a Maitland team emerged the winner by a slim margin.  Peter Goodwin and Eileen Sellers gained second place and Kerrie Norris and Alan Hemingway achieved third.  Peter and Eileen will represent Newcastle at the final in October.