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Newcastle Bridge Club holds nine sessions of duplicate bridge each week – both daytime and evenings – and all players are welcome. On Tuesdays and Fridays a standby player will be in attendance so anyone without a partner can simply walk in and get a game. 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 26th July 2016, 7 pm – 9 pm and on Thursday 28th July 2016, 10 am – 12 noon. The lessons are such that people can switch between the day and night sessions.  
For more information contact Wayne Morgan – Mobile 0488 298 599  or  Home 02 4962 1816

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Program Change – Friday Graded Pairs

Members have shown by their attendance that the Friday Graded Pairs event has been a very popular event.  To mark that success Committee has agreed the last round should be marked by the provision of food and drinks at the end of the session.  That decision is twofold in as much as whilst you are accepting the hospitality Ken Wilks will have time to calculate the overall winners for 2016, not an straightforward task but one invoving spreadsheet entry of results for the various participating pair combinations.

Now for the important news to note.  Ken would not be attending the final round should it be held on Friday 25th November as scheduled and hence this notification.  Committee in agreement with your general acceptance of a change of date have set the final round for Friday 2nd December.  To all those members keenly involved in the event, please make a note of that change.

Great Lakes Congress

A tremendous result for the Bell Team at the Great Lakes Bridge Club Annual Congress held last week-end.  The team of Rod Bell, Wayne Morgan, Deanna and John Stuart blitzed the field to finish second overall.  The team won all but one of its seven matches, tieing the other match, a feat not achieved by any other team.  The team even beat the team that won the event.  That is what one may call waving the Newcastle flag.  Extremely well done to all concerned.

Club Teams Championship 2016

The finals of the Club Teams Championship were held on Sunday 28 August.  The finalists were the ROBINSON team (Christo Moskovsky, Roy Hardy, Ian Walker and Bernie Adcock), the HUMPHERY team (Eileen Humphery, Paul McGrath, Julie Gleeson and Wayne Smith), the WILKS team (Ken Wilks, Rosalie Broughton, Chris Dibley and Michael Seldon), and the ATKINS team (Judy Atkins, Janet Hill, Bernie Atkins and Tony Wagstaff).

In the semi-final, the Moskovsky team beat the Atkins team by 71 IMPS, and the McGrath team won against the Wilks team by 11 IMPS.  Rather than play off for 3rd and 4th place, the Wilks and Atkins teams agreed to a tie for 3rd.

In the final between the Moskovsky and McGrath teams, the McGrath team led by 14 IMPS after the first 16 boards.  The second set of 16 boards was very close with just a 3 IMPS margin to the McGrath team.

So the Club Team Champions for 2016 are the HUMPHERY team.  Well done to all who participated.

Peter Peterson, Tournament Director