Newcastle Bridge Club holds nine sessions of duplicate bridge each week – both daytime and evenings – and all players are welcome. On Monday Afternoons, Tuesdays, Thursday Mornings 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 next course of bridge lessons  for beginners commenced the week beginning 13th February 2017.  Lessons are being held on Mondays 9.30 am to 11.30 am and on Tuesdays 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm.   
For more information contact Wayne Morgan – Mobile 0488 298 599  or  Home 02 4962 1816

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NOTE:  Bridge has been cancelled for Thursday Night 13th April


Notice of Meeting

Notice is hereby given of a Special General Meeting of Members of the Newcastle Bridge Club Inc. on Saturday 20th May to be held at the clubhouse starting at 12 noon.  The meeting is called for members to consider changes to the Club’s constitution.  These changes are listed on the attached document and will need member approval for them to be adopted.

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2017 Program Correction

What would the event program be without an error?

A few members have inquired about the teams events scheduled for May.  Both were incorrectly labelled as “Championship Teams” rather than “Country Teams”.  Both events, Wednesday and Thursday evening will be used as qualifying rounds for entry to the NSWBA Country Teams competition.  The “Championship Teams” event remains as scheduled, qualifying rounds on Saturday 6th and 13th May, final round on Sunday 21st May.

My apologies for this oversight.  Please take note of this change when you schedule your participation in Club events.

Graham Rummey

2017 Graded Pairs

The 2017 Graded Pairs competition will commence Friday 3rd February.  Every session, played on the 1st Friday of each month until November, will be split into 2 grades, an A Grade and a B Grade. The grade in which a pair will play is to be determined by the combined total of their MP’s.  Players with a combined total of 600 or more MP’s will play in A Grade a while players with a combined total less than 600 MP’s will play in B Grade. The B Grade, although played as one section, will contain a  C Grade section for players with under 150 MP’s.

The winners of all grades will be determined from the best aggregated scores from 7 of the 10 weeks. Substitutes are permissible.  A prize pool for the event will be generated from an entry fee of $5 per player increased by an additional $7.50 per player from the Club.  All money will be returned as prizes.

Entry forms have been posted on the notice board. Entry to the event will be possible up to and including  5th May.

For an explanation of the Rules attached to entry and participation click fri-graded-pairs-regulations

Please be punctual

Some players have been arriving very close to or even after the official starting time for a session.  This is becoming more common, and for some players seems to be developing into a habit.  The programme booklet requests members to be seated 5 minutes before the nominated session starting times.

Late arrivals make setting up the movement for the session very difficult.  In some cases, the Director has to select a completely different movement because a pair has arrived at the last minute making it impossible to start the session on time which could lead to a late finish.

Out of consideration to the Director and to other players, please try to arrive at the Club well before the starting time if possible.  If you know that you are going to be late arriving, because of unavoidable circumstances, it would help if you could call the Club to let the Director know that you are on the way, and then the movement can be planned accordingly.

Your cooperation in this matter will help to make Bridge sessions run more smoothly.

Thank you.

Peter Peterson, Tournament Director

Central Coast Bridge Club Super Congress

Success at the CCSC held over the week-end of 31st March, 1st and 2nd April came in the Swiss Pairs Restricted event, the Swiss Teams Open event and the Swiss Teams Restricted event.

Club members Christina La Ponder and Sue Donohue finished 3rd in a field of 36 pairs in the Swiss Pairs Restricted event.

In the Swiss Teams Open event Chris Dibley teamed with Michael Seldon, Michael Simes and Michael Johnson to finish 2nd of 39 teams by winning 5 of their 7 matches.  Chris, why didn’t you change your name to Michael?

Jill Blenkey and Jeff Conroy were paired with Nola Daley and Gabrielle Fitzgerald from the  Central Coast Bridge Club in the Swiss Teams Restricted event and by winning all seven of their matches came first.

Well done to all members who represented the Newcastle Bridge Club at this popular congress.

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Port Macquarie-Hastings Bridge Association Congress Results

At the PM-HB Congress held over the week-end of 25th/26th March, Newcastle players earned some excellent results.

In the Swiss Pairs Event, Rosalie Broughton and Ken Wilks came first followed in second place by Mike Simes partnering Michael Johnson.  Third in the pairs was an ex Newcastle member, Michele Tredinnick.

It is not surprising which team were successful in the Swiss Teams Event, yes the team comprising Broughton, Wilks, Simes and Johnson.  The team only lost one of its six matches losing to the team that finished second and would you believe it but that was a team including Michele.