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World Youth Bridge Championships 2022: The World Youth Bridge Championships are being held at the moment in Salsomaggiore, Italy. Australian pair Jamie Thompson and Andrew Spooner finished with a silver medal for the U31 pairs event, a great result. Jamie shares the bidding sequence on a particularly exciting board during one session: click here. [posted Thu 11-Aug-22]

Sandy Bolton Visit: Today we were fortunate to have a visit from our Member for Noosa, Sandy Bolton. President Adam gave a welcome to Sandy and thanked her for the support received to enable our grant from the Queensland Government. Adam reported that the grant was well used as the money was spent on new LED lighting plus energy efficient waterless urinals, both contributing to considerable cost saving and convenience for our club! [posted Tue 9-Aug-22]

Member Profile: Robyn Vincent: What an interesting life Robyn has led, filled with adventure! Thank you Susie Osmaston for another amazing story. See more... [posted Thu 4-Aug-22]

Charity Day for VIEW: Wednesday August 3 was dedicated to the charity View, which stands for the Voice, Interests and Education of Women. President Wendy Brooks and Assistant Secretary Ann Johnson came to the club and gave a short presentation and drew the raffles. All table fees and raffle monies collected were donated to VIEW and at this stage we have collected close to $2000! Many thanks to all our members for their generosity and to Michelle for turning the donations into beautiful prizes. Special thanks also to Gilly and Ted for providing the delicious morning tea. [posted Tue 2-Aug-22]

And the winner is........ NOOSA!: The Interclub Teams Championship for 2022 was held on the 30th July, where teams from the Sunshine Coast, Caloundra, Coolum and Noosa competed across three grades for the trophy. Noosa had not won this trophy since 2016, so we were delighted to come away with a win! Adam is pictured receiving the trophy from SCCBC President Brian Cordiner, and then taking it home! Absent from the team photo are Ed and Jan Beckett plus Phylly and Barry De Lacy, all of whom contributed to our success on the day. A big thank you to all our seven teams for travelling to Buderim and playing so well, who needs masterpoints when we have passion and enthusiasm! [posted Sat 30-Jul-22]

Noosa Teams Championships 2022: The Noosa Teams Championships for 2022 was contested over the last three Fridays, with 18 teams playing in an "all play all" event. The winners were the Ridley team, comprising Tim Ridley, David Harris, Rosemary Green and Phillipa Barnett with the Huddart team (Michael Huddart, Jean Pearce, Rozanne Thomas and Sandy Long) coming second. Congratulations to all the teams playing, and many thanks to director Steve Murray and all the organisers, and helpers. [posted Thu 28-Jul-22]

Noosa Swiss Pairs Congress 2022: Our Noosa Swiss Pairs Congress was held on June 16 and we were delighted to have 40 pairs competing. The competition was played as one field but divided into three grades for prize monies. Winners of the A grade were Di Jones and Alison Walker(pictured right), with Neville Francis and Patrick Bugler coming second. In the B grade, winners were Adam Hertelendy and Jean Pearce with Amanda Harburg and Caroline Collie runners up. The C grade winners were Sally Simmons and Joan Reeve with Anna Jadach and Louise Ryan close behind. Congratulations to all and special thanks to our many "stand by" pairs who filled in at the last moment, with the large numbers of withdrawals due to ill health. A big thank you to our Congress Convenor Pat Lovell and Secretary Sue Smith for their efforts to keep the places filled so the congress could go ahead. Many thanks to director Peter Busch for his skilful directing and to our caddies and kitchen helpers, plus all those who donated food for the day. Special mention must go to our beginners Jill Yeatman and Janet Young, plus Joanne McCarthy and Kerry Rutter for competing, we are very proud of you! [posted Wed 15-Jun-22]

Noosa Novice Pairs Championship: Our Novice Pairs Championship concluded on May 23 and we have finally captured our Novice Pairs winners for 2022. Congratulations to Desley Nixon and Leisha McMenamin (pictured left) for this great result. Coming second overall were Robyn Vincent and James Taylor, followed by Pat Lovell and Trudy Ryan. [posted Tue 14-Jun-22]

What Are Eclectics?: At the beginning of every month, your hard working Masterpoint Secretaries generate some bonus green points for you in the form of Eclectics. These results are pinned onto the top half of the results noticeboard. The eclectic competitions are computer generated if there are at least three green point days on any given day in a calendar month. For Example, if you have played three or more Mondays in May, in the Novice section, your best three results are used to form a separate competition. This is then called the "Monday Eclectic Novice May" An Eclectic Event is formed for each day of the month. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays we try to do a separate novice and open one if the fields have been reasonably well separated. So look out for your bonus green points at the beginning of every month! Many thanks to Margaret Robertson for compiling this article . [posted Tue 31-May-22]

Bridge Etiquette: Role of Dummy: In the last few days the committee has received a number of complaints about some members over stepping their role as Dummy. We know that bridge enjoys immense popularity because of the high standards of ethics and etiquette and at Noosa Bridge Club we follow the ABF standards of behaviour, attached is a document on the role of dummy and we would encourage all players to have a read and follow the guidelines. See more... [posted Sat 21-May-22]

2022 Noosa Pairs Championship: The 2022 Noosa Pairs Championship has concluded. This event attracted 26 pairs and was run over 2 qualifying sessions and 2 final sessions. The Championship was won by Gwen King and Simon Andrew with Tim Ridley and David Harris a very close second. Third place was even closer with a tie between Pam Hawkins and Peter Tall, and Michael Huddart and Jean Pearce. The Plate was won by Ken and Helen Williams, with Warwick Newton and Doug Byrnes second, Angela Hall and Sheryl Cullenward third. Congratulations to all and thank you to Steve Murray for his skilful directing and thank you to all our helpers on the day. [posted Wed 18-May-22]

Katie Rose Charity Day: Our first charity day for 2022 was held today with all table fees and raffle monies going towards the Katie Rose Hospice. Representative Carol Raye was on hand to give a short presentation and to draw the raffles. A big thank you to all members for their generosity, special thank you to Michelle for putting together the donations into worthy raffle prizes and to Ted and Gilly for providing our delicious afternoon tea. At this stage we have raised over $2000. [posted Thu 5-May-22]

Members Profile : John Fields: So much we didn't know about John! What an interesting story and amazing life, well worth the read. Thank you Susie for this well written article. See more... [posted Tue 26-Apr-22]

QBA Mixed Teams: Our club hosted the QBA mixed teams event over the weekend, there were 20 teams represented from SE Queensland in a very strong field . The competition was played as one field but divided into two grades for prize monies. The winners of the A grade were the Ward team, comprising QBA president Richard Ward, Therese Tully, Terry Strong and Jill Magee. Runners up were team Ridley and coming third were the Touton team. In the B grade we had Team Beckett coming out on top with members Ed and Jan Beckett, Pam Hawkins and Russell Greenwood playing his first ever teams event! The Huddart team came second followed by team Stanton. Thank you to director Peter Busch for managing the field so well and special thanks to congress director Pat Lovell for all the last minute rearranging done due to the floods.....thank you to all the people who filled in at the last minute, making up a team and a big thank you to our caddies and kitchen helpers plus bar staff....we couldn't do without you. [posted Sat 5-Mar-22]

Members profiler Susie Osmaston: We are very fortunate to have such a talented writer in Susie as she not only delivers the profiles in a creative, descriptive and amusing way but manages to describe our members so well that we form a vivid impression of their lives. Susie also has her own stories to tell, attached is an article published in Noosa Today a few years ago plus her own profile is contained in one of our newsletters, May 2018. ( see above) Thank you for all your hard work Susie and Happy (significant) Birthday for next month from us all. See more... [posted Sun 6-Feb-22]

Members Profile: Warwick Newton: Warwick is a member of our management committee and thanks to this very interesting article written by Susie Osmaston we can read what a "jack of all trades" he is. Let us know when your book "Larrikins I Have Known" hits the shelves Warwick! See more... [posted Mon 31-Jan-22]

Joan Rathburn Memorial Shield Winner for 2021: Congratulations to David Richards for winning our Joan Rathburn Memorial Shield , which is for the novice who scores the most points in 2021. [posted Mon 10-Jan-22]

Christmas Party 2021: Our Christmas Party was held on Friday the 10th and we had 32 tables playing bridge plus more members joined us for the party that followed, where we enjoyed a never ending banquet of delicious food thanks to Di Quigley and her team of helpers. Many presentations and thank-yous were announced, starting with our esteemed ex president Ross Gyde being made a Life Member. Special thanks were made to Helen Lawson and Michelle Behrens plus Lizi French who is retiring from her teaching role. The prize winners are too numerous to mention but we congratulate them all ( they are pictured below) Also thank you to our members who dressed for the occasion, particularly "angels" Eugenie and Margo who won best dressed. All the photos can be found under our photos button top right. [posted Fri 10-Dec-21]

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Sunshine Coast Zone Graded Pairs: The 2021 Zone Graded Pairs was hosted by our club on the 5th of December. We had 56 pairs competing over 3 grades and the winners of the A grade were Geoff Olsen and Maureen Jakes, with Richard Trollope and David Christian runners up. The B grade was won by Tim Sayer and Sarah Huntington-Wynne, with Peter Hagan and Geraldine Howard in second place , and in the C grade winners were Dawn George and Debra Niesler with Tricia Merefield and Carmel Dwan coming second. Congratulations to all and many thanks to everyone who came to play. The event was ably directed by Steve Murray and special thanks to Zone Committee members Rozanne and Tony who organised the day together with Noosa committee members Pat and Sue plus our team of volunteers. The winners are pictured (minus one camera shy A grade winner) [posted Sat 4-Dec-21]

Latest ABF Newsletter: Click on the link to read the latest bridge news across Australia where you can see our Noosa Club is ranked 8th in the country for the number of new players gained in 2021. What a great achievement and many thanks go to our inspiring bridge teachers Lizi French and John Gill, plus their band of helpers. A big welcome to our new members! See more... [posted Thu 2-Dec-21]

Noosa Swiss Pairs: We were pleased to host the swiss pairs event over the weekend and have 42 pairs competing over 2 grades in a very strong field. The A grade was won by Charlie Lu and Watson Zhou (pictured right) with Richard Perry and Rosemary Crowley coming second. In the B grade the winners were Debbie and Gary Gibbards ( pictured below) , runners up Penny Sykes and Lorraine Vachon. Many thanks to director Peter Busch and congress convenor Pat Lovell plus the team of helpers in the kitchen, bar and as caddies. Special thanks to our members who contributed all the delicious food that was consumed over the weekend. [posted Sat 20-Nov-21]

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Novice Pairs Congress: We were delighted to welcome 32 pairs in our novice congress, from Hervey Bay to Caloundra. We had two grades and winners of the A grade were Eugenie Mooney and Anna Irminger( right), with Rosemary Floquet and Jan Kinross second, Clive Brown and Simon Reeve coming third. The winners of the B grade were David Phillips and Cheryl Bell (below), Kerry Minchin and Jennifer Hurley second and Gail Gardner and Di Blount came third. Congratulations to all and special congratulations to all our very new players who entered and played in their first congress. Every pair had at least one win which was a great result. Many thanks to our director Peter, congress organiser Pat and the team of volunteers. Simon is pictured below, the night before the congress "studying".....maybe keep your eyes open next time Simon! [posted Wed 20-Oct-21]

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Introducing Committee Member Prue Adams: Prue is our club Providore. So Prue is the one that keeps our kitchen well stocked with essentials such as tea, coffee and milk plus organises our post congress drinks and snacks. We are all grateful for your contributions! [posted Sat 9-Oct-21]

Members Profile : Isabel Michie: Isabel is our Members Liaison and Charity Events Coordinator and thanks to this eloquent article written by Susie Osmaston we can see what a serendipitous series of events it was that brought Isabel to our Noosa Bridge Club. Thank you Susie for another wonderful members profile. See more... [posted Sat 6-Nov-21]

Meet Committee Member John Gill: John Gill (pictured below) joined our committee in March this year but he actually first joined the Noosa Bridge Club in 1986! John is our First Aid and Safety Officer plus a member on our Finance Sub Committee and may be giving regular lessons next year. John comes from a "long line" of bridge players, learning bridge at the age of 8 years old. Both parents were keen, talented players and his sister Barbara Travis and brother Peter Gill have both represented Australia. Barbara's daughter Lauren is continuing this great tradition by coming 2nd in the world youth championships in 2013.John is pictured (right) playing in 1976 with Barbara against Omar Sharif who was touring with the Italian team at the time. [posted Mon 23-Aug-21]

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Members Profile :  Barry De Lacy: What an interesting life Barry has lead, very adventurous! A wonderful article thank you Susie Osmaston. See more... [posted Tue 3-Aug-21]

Noosa Swiss Pairs Congress: Our Swiss Pairs Congress was held on Thursday June 17 with 46 pairs contending. The winners of the A grade were Patrick Bugler and Neville Francis with Chris Snook and Denise Hartwig runners up (pictured left). In the B grade Phylly and Barry De Lacy were the winners with a great result finishing 6th overall and Michael Huddart and Jean Pearce in second place in B grade also to be congratulated for finishing in 11th position overall(pictured below). Congratulations also to all our novice players who played so well finishing far above their grading. Thank you to Peter Busch for directing and to convenor Pat. Thank you also to all those who supported our congress either by playing or by volunteering their time as caddy/kitchen hands and helping in the bar. [posted Thu 17-Jun-21]

2021 Noosa Pairs Championship: The Noosa Pairs Championship for 2021 has concluded. The event attracted 28 pairs and was run over 2 qualifying sessions and 2 final sessions. The winners of the Championship were David Harris and Tim Ridley with Maureen Jakes and Geoff Olsen finishing in 2nd place, Phillipa Barnett and Rosemary Green 3rd. The Plate winners were David Delgado and Dieter Bendt(pictured left) and runners up were Eugenie Mooney and Anna Irminger. [posted Fri 21-May-21]

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Introducing Michael Huddart: Michael is one of our new committee members and is working hard behind the scenes as head of two sub committees

(1) a finance subcommittee looking at our membership and table fees

(2) a subcommittee to improve communication to members via the website, newsletters and other publicity forums [posted Mon 10-May-21]

Barrier Reef Bridge Congress: The Barrier Reef Congress for 2021 was held in Mackay and was an enjoyable and well run event for all. Our President Adam and Dorothy Hertelendy are here reminiscing about the ''highs and lows" but still basking in the success of their 7D bid...a contract not found by anyone in the room! The Open Teams event was won by a team from the Sunshine Coast Club, congratulations to them for their impressive achievement [posted Mon 3-May-21]

Committee Members Unmasked: New committee member Peter Franzmann and Vice-President Ted McNamara on duty [posted Sun 18-Apr-21]

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