had a rest this month

I would like to thank him for his continued support over this last year in bringing eCongress News readers some interesting snippets of his travels around the congress "grounds". Thank you Rakesh.

Would you like to be a "reporter" in 2015. Send me an email

 No one has written to me this last month?

How about some "Dear John .." letters?

The race is hotting up, but you will have to await the updates next month. Sorry about that but am not sure what happened to November. It just flew past.

 "Congress Player of the Year"
Your Association is pleased to acknowledge this 2014 Award.
There will be four categories.
  • Open
  • Intermediate <750 MPs
  • Restricted <300 MPS
  • Novice <100 MPS
Click HERE for our current list,
as at 30th September.
This award is based on masterpoints earned at
NSW Congresses held
under the auspices of NSWBA
during the year.

Insurance benefits
for ABF registered players

Are you fully aware of the great benefits of the ABF Travel Insurance Scheme? Click HERE

Receive YOUR ABF discounted accommodation in hotels in Australia, New Zealand and parts of Europe. Visit their website at

Escapes Direct
offers limited time only domestic and international luxury travel deals that are not only the best price available on the market at the time, but sometimes with selected add-ons (eg wi-fi, breakfast, dinners, spa treatments etc) that normally incur additional costs. Get into the habit of regularly checking their website  for domestic and international travel deals available to members of ABF affiliated clubs.

Please send any articles to the editor, john@bridgeclub.com.au
Editor: John McIlrath                              December 2014
First Name, hi

As you read this, there are 22 teams representing regions of New South Wales at the Grand National Open Teams Final at Tweed Heads. Follow your regions progress and go to the website HERE. Good luck to all our players.
Another year is nearly behind us. So can we list our bridge achievements? Did we meet our expectations? The Annual General Meeting of the New South Wales Bridge Association is on Wednesday 10th December at 6:30pm. Read more HERE.

December Congresses in NSW - local clubs

Dec 7                     Illawarra Bridge Assoc Swiss Pairs
Dec 26 - Jan 4        Trumps Festival of Bridge

Brochure, entry and further information can also be found on NSWBA web-site. Click

Special Congresses for YOU and your peers.
Play with people at your level.
(No sharks allowed)

Dec 6 - 7 (Sat-Sun) State Championship Teams for:-
                              Restricted Players <300 MPs
                              Novice Players
           at Brisbane Water Bridge Club, Woy Woy

More details on BROCHURE

Matthew asks ...
Have you read this article before? From comments and director calls received, it seems best to repeat it here. (Ed. Matthew is on a well deserved holiday)
It is entitled
"Ethical Dilemmas - Part 2".
The 'Cone of Silence" ....
Article HERE

National (ABF) events

GNOT National Final

Nov 28 (Fri) - Dec 1 (Mon)

Follow all the New South Wales teams both Metropolitan and Country Regions


Summer Festival of Bridge

Jan 13 (Tues) - Jan 25 (Sun)


QBA Gold Coast Congress

Feb 21 (Sat) - Feb 28 (Sat)


The ABF Management Committee has entered into a sponsorship agreement with Get Wines Direct, Australia’s largest stand-alone online wine retailer.
This company has access to value, quality wines from a wide range of domestic and international suppliers and offers a 100% money-back guarantee on all their products.
Members of ABF affiliated clubs are offered a 7% discount off already discounted wine prices. Just make sure that you select NSWBA, your State Association and state the promotion code ‘bridge’ to receive your discount.
NSWBA will receive 3% of total wine purchases made by members. See the latest ADVERT.

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