The 2014 John Arkinstall State Open Teams was won by the FOSTER team (Julian Foster, David Weston, Nicoleta Giura and Nick Hughes) from the NSWBA who defeated the POTTS team (Nigel McIvor, Michael Johnson, Ian Price, Kellie Potts) in the final.
As the best country team the Potts team, representing the Northern Zone, takes the title of State Country Teams Champions.
Congratulations to Terry Brown, the winner of the McCutcheon Trophy for 2014.
- a Bridge Competition with a Difference
Derrick Browne from the Trumps Bridge Club, Gordon Parker and Kerrie Eyers are seeking human interest stories with minimum technicality and maximum entertainment that illustrate why bridge is a passion, not just a game. Submissions, anecdotes and other creative bids will be judged by an independent panel and prizes awarded.
More details regarding prizes and how to enter can be found on the Trumps Bridge Club Website.
At the 2014 Annual General Meeting three members were awarded Life Membership of the NSW Bridge Association in recognition of valuable contributions and service made over many years. They were Marcia Scudder, Pauline Gumby and Bruce Neill.
The winner of the inaugural Sydney Metropolitan Regional playoff held at the NSWBA on December 13 was the Northern Metropolitan Region.
On December 6-7, 19 teams travelled to Woy Woy to compete in the 2014 State Novice and Restricted Teams.
Restricted: Edward Truscott, Mike Edwards, Sarah Carradine & Michael Young
Novice: Neil Black, Linda Richards, Freya Luick & Neil Badger
Congratulations to SYDNEY 2 (David Beauchamp, Terry Brown, Peter Buchen, Avi Kanetkar, Kim Morrison) who were the winners of the 2014 Grand National Open Teams defeating ADELAIDE 1 in the final (135-130.)
It is now just over a week since the Martin Place siege ended with the tragic death of two hostages. Katrina Dawson, one of the innocent victims, was the daughter of Jane Dawson, a regular tournament bridge player both at the NSWBA and elsewhere.
The NSWBA, on behalf of all the NSW bridge community, would like to offer our deepest condolences at this time to Jane and the rest of their family.
The Annual General Meeting of the NSWBA will be held on Wednesday, December 10 at 6.30pm.
The 2014 Annual Report is avaliable for viewing online.
The latest NSWBA Newsletter is available for viewing online. (Updated November 27)
The 2014 Sydney Spring Nationals have concluded. For all results and bulletins please visit the Championship Website
The winners of the 2014 State Open Pairs were Michael Courtney and Jeanette Reitzer.
The 2014 Country Open Pairs was won by Larry Bryant and Roy Low.
Henry Chu and Nu Beasley won the Spring Swiss Pairs Congress.
Call for Nominations
The NSWBA is calling for nominations from Clubs for the Special Councillors to represent each of the four zones for the 2014-2015 period.
The ABF has announced another Special grants program for 2015. Clubs are asked to get applications to the NSWBA by 30 September 2014.
The North Shore Bridge club, Australia's largest bridge club, is seeking the services of a Club Manager.
The position has been filled by Martin Clear.
The winners of the 2014 State Wide Pairs were Jane North and Helen Wilson from Dubbo Bridge Club.
The charity day raised in excess of $1000 for the Stroke Recovery Association, founded by Anita Rosenberg.
The first Pacific Asia Women's On-Line tournament has completed with Julie Atkinson and Kathy Boardman from New Zealand coming in first winning Euros 75 each.
Please go to: www.abfevents.com.au/events/pawobf/2014/ for all of the results.
The first Professional Development Day for Teachers (free for teachers and supervisors) will be held at the Peninsula Bridge Club on Sunday 21 September. Joan Butts will present modern content for teaching intermediate and advanced courses on bidding, play and defence.
Joan will also be conducting a workshop, "Keeping your Defensive Communications & Breaking Declarer's Communication" on Saturday 20 September. Detais are in the flyer.
The first edition of the revamped NSWBA Newsletter is now available online. View it here.
The Australian Bridge Federation, in conjunction with the WBF, is pleased to invite all female bridge players to participate in the FIRST Pacific Asia Women's On-Line Bridge Tournament to be held from 1st to 5th September 2014 inclusive.
Please go to: www.abfevents.com.au/events/pawobf/2014/ for all of the details and register your interest in playing by completing the registration document on the web site.
Although primarily aimed at the Pacific/Asia countries, it is open to all female bridge players.
28 players played in the 2014 State Individual held at the NSWBA on Saturday August 2. Tying for 1st place were Yumin Li and Zofia Dreher.
Congratulations to the NSW Women's team of Nevena Djurovic, Rena Kaplan, Pauline Evans, Giselle Mundell, Patsy Mccartney, Cathryn Herden, Julian Foster (NPC) who won the Women's division of the Interstate Teams.
Well done too to the NSW Open team of Peter Buchen, Terry Brown, Nicoleta Giura, Nick Hughes, David Beauchamp, Nye Griffiths, Paul Lavings (NPC) who were runners up in the Open.
Sydney player Sartaj Hans with team mates Michael Whibley, Justin Howard and Peter Hollands won the Victor Champion Cup in Melbourne, June 7-9.
Steve Hurley is taking over editorship of the publication and is seeking ideas from you for best use of the publication.
All of the teams to represent NSW at the Australian National Championships have been selected and ratified. To avoid byes NSW will field a second team in the Women's and Seniors' divisions.
For a complete list please click here.
The winner of the NSW State Singles was Billie Gupta.
Forty-two teams participated in the NSWBA's Teams of Three Congress. The winners were the team captained by Les Grewcock with Richard McAuliffe, Johnno Newman and John Scotford.
On Sat 31st May, a group of representatives met with most of the NSWBA Council members for an annual get-together.
The State Mixed Pairs was held at the NSWBA on May 24-25. The winners were Pauline Gumby and Warren Lazer. The inaugural Country Mixed Pairs was won by Gary Heyting and Dorothy Berzins.
The NSW Seniors Interstate Teams Selection was held on the weekend of May 17-18 at the NSWBA to select the teams to represent NSW at the ANC in July. The winning team of Lester Kalmin, Kevin Davies, Steven Bock and Les Grewcock has been augmented by Andrew Markovics and Nigel Rosendorff.
The second placed team of Tony Ong, Tina Zines, Michael Wu and William Zhang with the addition of Peter Jeffery and Bob Sebesfi will also represent NSW.
The Open and Women's Interstate Teams Selection Finals concluded April 25-27.
The teams to represent NSW in the ANC in July will be:
Peter Buchen - Terry Brown
Nicoleta Giura - Nick Hughes
Nye Griffiths - David Beauchamp
Judy Mott - Rita Nailand
Linda King - Kim Neale
Lorna Ichilcik - Lynn Kalmin
A second women's team will also represent NSW. The team is Patsy McCartney, Cathryn Herden, Rena Kaplan, Nevena Djurovic, Giselle Mundell and Pauline Evans.
For all of the results go to ITS Results
All clubs are invited to participate in the 2014 State Wide Pairs in August. There are significant changes in 2014 including a reduction in the entry fee.
Terry Brown, Avi Kanetkar, Ron Klinger and Matt Mullamphy won the Autumn National Open Teams. Terry also won the Open Swiss Pairs playing with Phil Gue. To view all of the results go to www.abfevents.com.au/events/anot/2014/results
12 JULY - 24 JULY 2014
Entries are now being taken for the Australian National Championships Butler and Congress Events.
» Enter online
Please visit the Championship Website for all information relating to the ANC.
NSW hosts the ANC only once in 8 years. Our turn comes up in 2014. We are looking to our members to volunteer for various jobs, both now and during the Tournament in July. So watch this space.
If you can help, please contact Marcia on 0411 582 997 or
A seminar by Peter Buchen was held recently at the NSWBA on the new WBF Victory Point Scales. Peter has produced a one page introduction to the WBF Scales.
Sydney Girls High School is looking for an assistant to teach bridge to an enthusiastic group of year 8-12 students.
The position has been filled by Catherine Ritter
Joan Butts will be running a Teaching Training Workshop in Newcastle on February 15-16. Details are on the ABF website.
Sydney player Kim Morrison has won the 2013 McCutcheon with 507.44 masterpoints. Congratulations!
For all of the McCutcheon listings go to www.abfmasterpoints.com.au/mpsbynational.asp?rep=top50year
In 2014 the method of calculating Congress License Fees will be based on masterpoints.
The NSWBA is seeking expressions of interest from affiliated clubs in New South Wales to act as Licensees to run New South Wales State Championships from 2015 onwards.
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