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2021 Pairs Championship: The 2021 Pairs Championship was run as 2 Qualifying sessions and 2 Barometer Final sessions, and attracted 30 pairs. For the first time, this event was played over 4 Monday afternoons.

Winners were Ken Dawson and Jim Martin (pictured right), with runners up Alison Dawson and David Christian. The Plate winners were Robyn Feuerheerdt and Krystyna Schmidt. [posted Mon 7-Jun-21]

Inaugural Novice Pairs Championship: The inaugural 2021 Novice Pairs Championship was held in April, with 20 pairs contending. An all-play-all barometer was held over 3 weeks, ably run by Peter Busch and Steve Murray.

Winners (pictured top left) were Judy Desjardins - Mimie Jenman and second place went to Brian Salter - Elizabeth Schroder.

This is a new honour board event,and will be run annually. Red masterpoints were awarded. See more... [posted Tue 4-May-21]

Gold, gold, gold!: A Sunshine Coast team playing in the Barrier Reef Congress in Mackay last weekend won the Open Teams, competing in a strong field of players from all over Australia.

The Trollope team, comprising Dick Trollope, David Christian, Fay Stanton and Gabrielle Elich (pictured right with Charles page from the QBA) topped the 44 team field in a gruelling event.

This event is held annually in Cairns,Townsville, Mackay or Yeppoon and is one of the two gold Masterpoint events in Queensland. [posted Mon 3-May-21]

MyABF portal for bridge players: The first part of the ABF IT strategy, the MyABF portal, has been released. This gives members a personalised dashboard view of ABF announcements, a range of bridge-related discussion forums, and a full record of your masterpoints, going back 10 years. It will eventually include your personal calendar showing upcoming bridge events you're booked, your recent results, and much more.

MyABF also includes a method to enter congresses and pay for entries in a variety of ways, including by credit card. Our June congress is using MyABF to manage entries - click for details. It does mean that all players at the congress need to register with MyABF, but this is very simple - just visit MyABF, enter your ABF number, email address and choose a password, and then click on the email that will be sent to your Inbox. That's all. If you have difficulties setting up a MyABF account, you can contact Peter Busch.

The expectation is that all gold point events and many club congresses around Australia will use this facility within a year or two.

The ABF hopes that by the end of this year, MyABF will be extended to allow clubs to collect table fees in the same way. Members will buy "credits" (like we did with BBO dollars), and table fees will automatically be deducted via the scoring program. Members can add funds to their account whenever they like, or set up an automatic top-up.

For lots of information about this new facility, click MyABF Resources. [posted Sat 17-Apr-21]

Covid19 Update: Members will have been pleased to hear that masks are no longer required.

The Committee has also decided to cease temperature checks at the door.

Of course, we continue to follow our other Covid-19 procedures, and members are reminded to bring their own writing implements and practise hand hygiene and social distancing wherever possible. [posted Thu 15-Apr-21]

Graded Teams Congress: The 2021 Graded Teams was hosted by our club on 21 March. A maximum field size of 24 teams competed, and played in 2 grades.

The A Grade was won by the Brookes Team pictured top right (from left: Steve Brookes, Verna Brookes, Ken Dawson and Adrienne Kelly). The B Grade was won by the Gibbards team (lower right: Noreen Weyling, Tony Davidson, Deb and Gary Gibbards, pictured with President Brian Cordinder).

Many thanks to convenor Tricia, caddies Sam and Mary-Anne, director Peter and the many other helpers. See more... [posted Sun 21-Mar-21]

Birthday celebration for Joan: For Joan McPheat's special birthday this week, Wednesday morning players organised a singing telegram - surely a first for our Club.

We have uploaded it to YouTube so those who weren't present may enjoy it - click here to play it. [posted Fri 12-Mar-21]

95th birthday celebration: Club Member Marcia Carpenter celebrated her 95th birthday at the club recently. She is pictured with her cake. [posted Thu 11-Mar-21]

Covid19 Plan updated: The Club's Covid19 Safe Plan has been revised to allow visitors from anywhere in Australia, but subject of course to them or a close contract not being in a declared hotspot in the previous 14 days. The latest document is here (amended 15 January 2021).

A reminder of the continuing procedures:-

A condition of entry to the Club is that players will need to answer No to all the following questions: * Have you been diagnosed with Covid19? * In the last 14 days have you (a) been in contact with a confirmed case of Covid19, (b) returned from overseas or other mandated hotspot, or (c) been in contact with someone who has recently returned from overseas or other mandated hotspot? * Do you have any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat or difficulty breathing (other than asthma)?

We will be conducting non-contact temperature checks at the door (37 degrees or less to be admitted). Remember to bring your own pen or pencil and water container; once in the clubhouse, social distancing is to be observed where possible - no hugs, no handshakes, and keep at least 1.5 metres from others where possible; and practise good hygiene. [posted Thu 14-Jan-21]

Graded Zone Pairs: The Graded Zone Pairs was held on Sunday 6 December. The Club had increased capacity to 24 tables as a result of reverting to smaller table tops, and Sunday's event was a full house.

It was run as two separate fields of 24 pairs each, and attracted players from all over our Zone.

Grade A winners were Tim Ridley / Philippa Barnett (pictured with convenor Tony Walford), and runners up were Jilliana Bell / Vilma Laws. The B Grade was won by Howard Baker / Irene Ross (pictures lower right) with Tony Davidson / Noreen Weyling second.

Thanks to director Peter, caddies Sam and Pauline and Tony as convenor. [posted Sun 6-Dec-20]

President's Trophy 2020: The 2020 President's Trophy was held in November, with 26 pairs contending. Winners (pictured top left) were Tony Walford - Randall Rusk. Second place went to Joan McPheat - Alison Dawson (pictured lower left).

There was also a prize for the best finishing in the lower part of the field (based on masterpoints), and went to Kate Balmanno - Judith Leathley.

This event is scored on a handicap basis too, and handicap winners were Gaye McAuliffe and Helen Killiner. See more... [posted Wed 25-Nov-20]

2020 Teams Championship: The 2020 Teams Championship was contested over three Thursdays in September and 18 teams competed in a qualifying and final.

Winners of the Championship were the Jakes team (pictured top, from left left): David Harris, Sam Halvorsen (missing Maureen Jakes and Abby Wanigaratne), and the winners of the Plate were the Martin Team (pictured bottom, from left Fay Stanton, Anne Young, Jim and Lyn Martin.

Club President Brian Cordiner (pictured at right in both pics) presented the prizes.

Thanks to director Steve Murray and helpers. See more... [posted Thu 24-Sep-20]

Qld Senior Teams 2020: The 2020 Qld Senior Teams was hosted by our club on 1/2 February 2020. A total of 32 teams competed, including many from Brisbane and other areas.

The trophy was won by the Crowley team pictured (Liz Zeller, Alison Dawson, Richard Perry, Rosemary Crowley). The trophy was present to the winners by Richard Ward (pictured far left of photo, on behalf of the QBA.

Second place went to Laws (Vilma Laws, Jilliana Bell, Ken Rogers, Wendy O'Brien), and third place to Olsen (Geoff Olsen, Maureen Jakes, Lyn Martin, Jim Martin). It was pleasing to see that the top three positions were occupied by teams from our Club.

The B Category was won by the Rohde team(Jack Rohde, Lex Ranke, Gregory Gosney, Margaret Plunkett). See more... [posted Sun 2-Feb-20]

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