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2017 Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the NSWBA was held at the NSWBA premises on Wednesday December 20, 2017.

Richard Douglas was elected chairman unopposed as were the 6 positions for councillors: Julian Foster, John Scudder, Warren Lazer, Richard Lock, Rob Ward and Agnes Levine.

The 4 Zonal Councillors are Carol Sheldrake (Sydney Metropolitan), Alan Bustany (Outer Sydney Metropolitan), Kaye Hart (South & West Country) and Bruce Tier (Northern Country).

The motion relating to transactions for the premises to insert clause 8a to the constitution was not passed. The motion relating to the appointment of Secretary to amend clause 15 was passed.

Subsequent to the meeting the council has appointed Julian Foster to the vacant Treasurer position and John McIlrath as an ordinary councillor.

2017 Under 100MP Results

The results for the 2017 Under 100MP Championships have been finalised. Congratulations to Barrie Prior and Brian Goldman from Maitland who were the winners on handicap and to the non-handicap winners Marieta Borthwick and Heidi Colenbrander from Peninsula Bridge Club.

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2018 Commonwealth Nations Bridge Championship

The team to represent NSW at the Commonwealth Nations Bridge Championships is:
Nicky Strasser - George Bilski
Peter Strasser - Peter Fordham
Bob Sebesfi - Richard Douglas

Notice to all NSW affiliated clubs - 2018 State Affiliation Fee invoices

Affiliated clubs please note that the 2018 NSW State Affiliation fee invoices have been sent to you in the last few days by email.

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2017 John Arkinstall State Open Teams

Congratulations to the GUMBY team, Pauline Gumby, Warren Lazer, Peter Gill, Tony Nunn and Martin Bloom, winners of the 2017 John Arkinstall State Open Teams and the NORTHERN team, Gary Lynn, Eric Hurley, Marjorie Askew and Bill Powell winners of the 2017 State Country Teams.

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2017 Grand National Open Teams

The final of the 2017 Grand National Open Teams was an all Sydney affair. Congratulations to the winners SYDNEY 1 (Liam Milne – Nye Griffiths – Sophie Ashton – Sartaj Hans – Adam Edgtton – Nabil Edgtton) and to runners up SYDNEY 3 (Michael Wilkinson – Shane Harrison – Matt Smith – Fraser Rew – David Wiltshire)

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State Open and Country Pairs Championship

The State Open and Country Pairs Championships were held at the NSWBA on November 18-19.


State Open Pairs Winners:
André Korenhof and
Maurits van der Vlugt with Richard Douglas (Secretary)


State Country Open Pairs Winners:
Renate La Marra and Stuart Cutsforth with Richard

The winners of the Swiss Pairs Congress were:
=1st Judy Zhu - Shuliang Yang
=1st Eric Lippey - Kerry Boytell
=1st Nazife Bashar - Kinga Moses

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State Novice and Restricted Teams

The NSW State Novice and Restricted Teams Championships were held at the Illawarra Bridge Associaiotn on November 4-5. 16 teams competed in the Novice section and 9 in the Restricted. The winners of the Novice teams were Sara Lynch, David Num, Michael and Louise Brassil. The winners of the Restricted Teams were Hans Van Weeren, Peter Clarke, Jeff Conroy and Jill Blenkey.


State Restricted Teams Winners


State Novice Teams Winners


Ethics and Discipline at NSW Congresses

The NSWBA will be introducing a set of Congress Disciplinary Regulations at the start of 2018. All congress players will be subject to these regulations.

All players are invited to make submissions and suggestions regarding these draft regulations by email to before 20th November.

2017 Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the NSWBA will be held at the NSWBA premises on Wednesday December 20, 2017 commencing at 6:30pm. This is your opportunity to have your say and make suggestions or to simply congratulate the outgoing Council.

There will be two motions to amend the Constitution.

The Annual Report is available for viewing online.

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Australia v Indonesia Youth Test Match

Australia and Indonesia have agreed to hold an inaugural Youth test match from 11 – 12 December 2017 in Jakarta, Indonesia. More details are on the ABF Website.

The match will be broadcast on BBO commencing at 2.00pm.

Results and other information

2018 Commonwealth Nations Bridge Championship

NSW has been invited to send a team to participate as a transnational team in the 5th Commonwealth Nations Bridge Championship to be held at Broadbeach on 14-18 February, 2018. The selection for this team will be made via a teams event on December 16-17 at the NSWBA.

Further details can be found in the Flyer.

» Online Entry

State Under 100 Masterpoint Pairs

Check the calendar for a session near you.

Sydney Spring Nationals

18-26 October 2017
Canterbury Race Course

Congratulations to Johnno Newman who with team mates Justin Williams, Tom Jacob and Brian Mace won the TBIB Spring National Teams.

Other winners:

Two Men & A Truck Restricted Teams
Hans Van Weeren, Peter Clarke, Jeff Conroy, Jill Blenkey
Dick Cummings Open Pairs
Ron Klinger, Matthew Mullamphy
Ted Chadwick Restricted Pairs
Martin Clear , Phillip Halloran
Spring National Novice Pairs
Martin Brown, Gail McKenzie

Congratulations also to Rena Kaplan, Anita Curtis, Judy Osie and Pauline Evans the winners of the Linda Stern Women's Teams and to John and Marcia Scudder who won the Penline Matchpoint Pairs.

Other winners:

Bobby Evans Seniors’ Teams
David Hoffman, Richard Brightling. Stephen Mendick, Bernard Waters

Website | Results

WBF Laws 2017

The new Laws of Duplicate Bridge were introduced on August 1, 2017. A document has been prepared to summarise the significant changes. It can be viewed here.

Directors' Course - Club Level

The next Club Level Directors' course will be held at TRUMPS on Saturday October 28, 2017.

Directors' Course Flyer

2017 State Wide Pairs

This year's clear winners in the State Wide Pairs were Judy Burton and Jan Chivers from Cromer Bridge Club with a score of 70.45 %. Congratulations on a great effort.

» Final positions of all pairs

2017 State Individual

Cath Whiddon

16 players played in the 2017 State Individual held at the NSWBA on Saturday August 5. The winner was Cath Whiddon.

» results
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Sydney Spring Nationals

18-26 October 2017
Canterbury Race Course

Entries are now being taken for the 2017 Sydney Spring Nationals. Payments can be made online this year using the eWay secure gateway.

Events include Open and Restricted Teams, Open, Novice and Restricted Matchpoint Swiss Pairs , Seniors and Women's Teams and a one day Matchpoint Pairs.

For more information please visit the Championship Website.

Journey to the Bermuda Bowl

Justin Mill and Peter Hollands documented their preparation for the Bermuda Bowl via a series of videos. Their last video is a Q & A after the event. You can view them here.
Updated 23 August, 2017

2017 State Veterans Pairs

2017 State Veterans Pairs Winners
Ian McKinnon and Virgina Dressler

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2017 Interstate Teams

Congratulations to all the NSW State teams for the best NSW performance at the Australian National Championships in many years.

In fact we were within 2 imps of a clean sweep! All 4 teams qualified for the finals. The Women's, Seniors and Youth teams all won their division and the Open came about as close as possible getting pipped by South Australia in their final by just 1.1 imps. Well done to all and good luck to all NSW players in the Butler events this week.

Julian Foster
Chairman - NSWBA

ANC Survey

The ABF is inviting all ABF members to respond to a survey about the Australian National Championships. More details can be found here.

43rd World Bridge Teams Championships

The World Bridge Teams Championships are being held in Lyon, August 12-26

Follow the Australian Teams' progress here.

ABF Marketing Workshop

The Marketing Workshop which was to be held at the the Hunters Hill bridge club on August 23, 2017 has been CANCELLED.

Coffs Coast Gold Congress - Celebrity Speakers

Joan Butts and John Newman will be the Celebrity Speakers at the Coffs Coast Gold Congress on Friday 11 August, 2017.

Marion Rice’s Memorial Morning 7th August

Marion’s family invites you to a morning tea to remember Marion on Monday 7th August at SBC Goulburn St. Marion’s 108th birthday would have been around this time, which is why we chose the date. Marcia will be directing.

2017 ABDA Seminar

The Australian Bridge Directors' Association (ABDA) will be holding their 2017 workshop/seminar at the North Shore BC in Willoughby from Saturday 5th August (9:30am) to Sunday 6th August. A major focus will be the new laws which come into effect on August 1. The seminar is open to all but limited to the first 120 paid participants, with preference given to current ABDA financial members.

2017 ABDA Seminar Brochure

2017 State Individual

The State Individual will be held at the NSWBA on Saturday 5 August commencing at 10am. This is a matchpointed pairs event in which all competitors play with many different partners. Players of all standards are invited to participate in this fun day.

» Enter Online

2018 Women's and Seniors' ITS

Thank you to all those who responded to the Women's and Seniors' Interstate Teams Selection Surveys. Dates of the 2018 WITS and SITS can be found in the 2018 Draft Calendar.

2018 WITS and SITS Survey Results

2017 Australian National Championships

The Australian National Championships will be held in Canberra, 15-27 July, 2017.

To follow the progress of our NSW ANC Teams consider joining the ANC Teams Facebook group.

Information about the Australian National Championships can be found on the Championship Website.

Country Pairs are invited to enter the Country Butler.

2017 NSW Youth Team

The team ratified by the NSWBA council to play in the 2017 Youth Interstate Teams in Canberra in July is:
Charles McMahon - John McMahon
Ramanan Rajkumar - Hong Pui Edmond Lee
Nico Ranson - Matt Smith

2017 NSW Seniors and Youth Representative Team

Congratulations to our Seniors and Youth Teams for 2017!

Subject to council ratification the teams to represent NSW at the ANC Interstate Teams in Canberra in July will be:

Mike Hughes - David Beauchamp
Peter Buchen - Terry Brown
Rena Kaplan - Lorna Ichilcik

» seniors results

Nico Ranson - Christopher Rhodes
Charles McMahon - John McMahon
Ailsa Peacock - Matt Smith

2017 Youth Team
Chris Rhodes, Nico Ranson, Ailsa Peacock, Matt Smith, Charles and John McMahon

» youth results

2017 NSW Open Representative Team

2017 Open ITS winners
Maurits van der Vlugt, Andre Korenhof, David Hudson, Warren Lazer, Pauline Gumby and Paul Lavings

Congratulations to our Open Team for 2017!

Subject to council ratification the team to represent NSW at the ANC Interstate Teams in Canberra in July will be:
Pauline Gumby - Warren Lazer
Maurits van der Vlugt - Andre Korenhof
David Hudson - Paul Lavings

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2017 NSW Women's Representative Team

2017 Women's ITS winners
Sophie Ashton, Kim Neale, Linda King, Anita Curtis, Helene Pitt, Ruth Tobin

Congratulations to our NSW Women's Team!

Subject to council ratification the team to represent NSW at the ANC Interstate Teams in Canberra in July will be:
Linda King - Kim Neale
Helene Pitt - Ruth Tobin
Sophie Ashton - Anita Curtis.

» results

Women's and Seniors' Interstate Teams Selection Surveys

Women and Seniors are invited to complete surveys for the WITS and SITS respectively.
Seniors must be born before 1/1/60.

» SITS Survey

» WITS Survey

2017 State Mixed Pairs Championship

2017 State Mixed Pairs Winners

The State Mixed Pairs was held at the NSWBA on May 27-28.

The winners were Sophie Ashton and David Wiltshire.

The State Country Mixed Pairs was won by Garry and Sally Clarke.

Julie and Mark Guthrie won the Autumn Swiss Pairs Congress.

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» results

Practice opportunities for our ANC teams
  • Each pair in the four NSW ANC teams this year is being offered free entry to any one of the three events at the North Shore Super Congress being held at Club Willoughby from Fri 30th June - Sun 2nd July (swiss teams on Fri and Sun, swiss pairs on Sat). Team captains are contacting the players.

    The NSWBA thanks North Shore Bridge Club for this offer to help our State representatives get more practice before they head to Canberra.

State Novice and Restricted Pairs

The winners of the State Novice and Restricted Pairs held on April 21-30 were:-
Restricted: Peter Clarke & Hans Van Weeren
Novice: Ken Cahill and Paul Roach

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Directors' Course - Club Level

The next Club Level Directors' course will be held at the NSWBA on Saturday May 13, 2017.

Directors' Course Flyer

State Novice and Restricted Pairs

The Southern Highlands Bridge Club on behalf of the NSWBA invites players with fewer than 300 masterpoints as at 1 January, 2017 to play in the the State Novice and Restricted Pairs Championship to be held on April 29-30 at the Highlands Golf Club, Mittagong.

Generous cash prizes in both sections and in addition first place getters in the Restricted section will receive a subsidy from the ABF to assist with the cost of attending and free entry to the ANC Restricted Butler Pairs in Canberra on 22-23 July, 2017.

State Novice and Restricted Pairs Flyer

» Online Entry

2017 Seniors' Interstate Team Selection

The Seniors' Interstate Team Selection (SITS) which will select the Senior team to represent NSW at the ANC in Canberra in July is open to all players born before 1st January 1959 who are permanent residents of NSW or who are bona fide members of a club affiliated with the NSWBA. However, all entrants must be contending, i.e. all entrants declare their availability to represent NSW at the Canberra ANC. Country players may apply for subsidies.

The SITS Qualifier will run on a Sunday April 9 at the NSWBA premises, the final on April 22-23.

More details on the SITS Flyer

» Enter Online

Free Workshop for Bridge Teachers

A free professional training day for bridge teachers who wish to become accredited with the Australian Bridge Federation.

Peninsula Bridge Club Jacksons Road, Warriewood, NSW

Sunday, April 9 10am - 4pm

» Register Online or contact event organiser Cath Whiddon: 02 9979 5752.

2017 Women's Interstate Team Selection

The Women's Interstate Team Selection (WITS) to select the team to represent NSW at the ANC in Canberra in July will be held over a single weekend on February 4-5. All NSW women players are invited to play but by so doing they declare themselves available for the final and for the ANC.

Subsidies for country players are available.

Online entry and the brochure are available here.

Compscore2 Training

John McIlrath will be conducting a training course on Compscore2 at the Peninsula Bridge Club on January 22 for anyone working in a bridge club as a director or a scorer.

» Compscore2 Training Flyer

2016 McCutcheon

Congratulations to Sartaj Hans, the winner of the McCutcheon for 2016.

For all McCutcheon lists go to National Masterpoint Reports

Job Vacancy

The Canberra Bridge Club is seeking a Director in Chief.

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