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.

Several courses of bridge lessons for beginners are run throughout the year.  Lessons commenced on 30th July.  For information contact Wayne Morgan – Mobile 0488 298 599 or  Home 02 4962 1816.

Annual General Meeting

Would all members please make a note that the Annual General Meeting of Newcastle Bridge Club will be held at the Club premises on Saturday September 13th. The meeting is scheduled to commence at 10.30 am, and should be completed around midday.

Anyone interested in standing for a position on Committee is required to nominate in advance. Our secretary, Graham Rummey, can provide you with the required form for that. Even if you don’t feel you are in a position to stand, we would really appreciate it if you could get to the meeting to cast your vote, ask a question, or just listen in to the matters brought up at the meeting. At least then you have helped us reach the quorum of twenty members required to be in attendance.

Following the meeting there will be a complementary sausage sizzle, so Saturday players can stay on for their game.

Tony Wagstaff                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  President

Board Dealing

Spare a thought for Rosalie and her team of board dealers.  In a normal week they generate 10 sets of boards – 7 sessions plus an extra for Tuesday plus 2 sets for Quick Tricks (for which we are paid). Each set takes approximately 20 minutes to create the deal file, deal, print the hand records and send the hand records to the scoring computer.

In the past month they have had to deal 14 extra sets of boards to cater for the Hunter Interclub, Wednesday GNOT Qualifying and Saturday Club Teams Qualifying. It makes preparation for these events much easier if we know in advance how many teams are expected but it still requires a lot of extra work.

A “very big thanks” is due to Rosalie for coordinating all this dealing and to the dealers.

Hunter Region GNOT Regional Final

The GNOT regional final for the Hunter Region will be held at the Newcastle Bridge Club on Sunday 31st August. Teams from bridge clubs through out the region will be competing for the three positions available to progress to the national finals which will be held at the Tweed Ultima Resort in Tweed Heads from Friday 28th November to Monday 1st December 2014.

Play will commence 9.30am sharp. The format will be 6 x ten board matches, three before lunch and three after lunch. Lunch will not be provided so players are requested to bring their own.  Drinks and snacks will be provided at the conclusion of play.

Club Teams Championship

The qualifying rounds of the club teams championship were completed on Saturday 9th August. The finals will be held on Saturday 23rd August at the same time as the normal Saturday pairs with play to commence at 1.00pm.

The teams qualifying for the final are:

Wayne Smith Paul McGrath Pam Robinson Trish Harrigan
Julie Gleeson Robyn Fletcher Christo Moskovsky Jennifer Atkinson
Norman Maclaurin Ken WIlks Janet Hill Janet Ritchie
Michael Seldon Rosalie Broughton Bernie Adcok Cheryl Pletz
Chris Dibley   Pravin Nahar Robert Shearer