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Welcome to Sunshine Coast Bridge Club.

Re-opening plans - updated: The Club is re-opening on Monday 13 July. We will be following our COVID19 Safe Plan.

Sessions will initially be Monday afternoon 12.30pm, Wednesday morning 9am and Friday morning 9am. Wednesday's session will be limited to players with fewer than 100 masterpoints as it always has been.

Pre-registration is open now for the first two weeks (weeks starting Monday 13 July and Monday 20 July), and this is done by emailing the club with your and your partner's name, and requested session date/s, or by recording your names on the notice board lists at the Club. Entry lists for the first two weeks appear here. After the first two weeks, detailed session lists won't appear on the web site, but will show an indication of the number of tables remaining for each session.

Remember, it is up to individual members to decide if the time is right for them to return.

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 Victoria, or (c) been in contact with someone who has recently returned from overseas or Victoria?
* 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. 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; and practise good hygiene.

Pictured right - larger tables allow for social distancing, with capacity for just 18 tables. Click to enlarge photo. [posted Sun 12-Jul-20]

Regular BBO sessions - update: Our weekly BBO sessions have increased to three a week: Tuesday mornings at 10am, Thursday afternoons at 2pm, and Friday morning at 10am. Another change - from the beginning of June, our Tuesday session will be divided into two separate fields, one of which will be Open, and the other will be Restricted where players will need to have fewer that 300 masterpoints.

To play in these sessions, you and your partner will need to log on and enter the event but this can't be done until 2 hours before the event starts. In BBO, go to Play or Watch Bridge, then Virtual Clubs (under the green Featured Areas heading, then choose ABF - Australia. There are 3 headings - Pending, Running and Complete. Under Pending, find our event (Sunshine Coast Bridge Club) and click the competition title. Four sections appear: Register, Details, Entries and Partnership Desk. In the Register section, add your partner's BBO name, and as long as they are online at the time (they should be), they will get a popup invitation on their screen and they should accept.

Remember that to create the entry, you and your partner need to both be logged on, and your partner will need to accept your invitation.

Then, make sure you're both logged on before the starting time but not in the BBO Casual area, and when the event starts you will both be removed from whatever else you are doing on BBO and taken to your starting table. Shortly after the end of play, the results will appear on our web site. Click for more information about club tournaments on BBO in this document. [posted Sun 31-May-20]

Update on club closure: We had hoped to be able to open the Club after a month, but that doesn''t looks like it will be happening. We will continue to follow the advice given by the national health experts and the Federal and State Governments.

When we do re-open it will be announced on this page, so stay tuned and stay healthy and safe. [posted Sun 12-Apr-20]

New discussion forum: In these challenging times, people need to stay engaged within their community. That's not easy when most of us are not even leaving our homes.

We've therefore decided to use technology to help our members stay connected with each other, and have set up a Discussion Forum. It's a place where people can post comments about pretty much anything (within reason), and others can view and reply. It''s not limited to bridge - in fact as most of us aren't playing much bridge there will probably be very little about bridge - but rather it's about anything that you think others in the Sunshine Coast bridge community may be interested in.

The Forum will be just like having conversions with lots of people, while still observing social distancing.

Anyone can view posts, but you need to register in order to post new topics and reply to existing topics. Registration is open to members, but we're also opening it to the broader Sunshine Coast bridge community. To register, visit the Forum and click "Sign up" on the top right side. When you register, you'll be asked to create a user name and to enter your Club or ABF number. The Club / ABF number will remain private but helps us keep spammers and inappropriate posts off the forum. [posted Mon 30-Mar-20]

Gold Coast Congress victories: Gabrielle Elich and David Christian had a successful week at the 2020 Gold Coast Congress (pictured top right with their teammates). They finished first in the Intermediate B Grade Pairs, and second in the Intermediate Teams Championship.

Gary Petterson and Laurie Bell (pictured bottom right) won the B Grade Restricted Pairs. Gary and Laurie won the Friday Novice Pairs last year.

Other notable performances included Ken Dawson and Andy Slater (3rd place Monday Butler).

It was also great to see a few of our newer players playing in this international event, including Kim and Lesley Rouse, Sally Weedon - Janet Benstead, Linda Darnell - Wendy Gibberd, Julia Benfield - Phil O'Shea, Carmel Dwan - Heather McKelvie-Morris, and Betty Markkanan - Collette Anderson, all of whom played in either the Under 10 Masterpoints or Under 50 Masterpoints events. [posted Sat 29-Feb-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]

Graded Zone Pairs: The Graded Zone Pairs was held on Sunday 8 December, with 58 pairs across 3 grades participating.

Grade A winners were Steve Brookes and Adrienne Kelly (pictured with convenor Tony Walford). The B Grade was won by Astrid Borchhardt / Kelly Barber and the C Grade by Mary James / Mike Scott.

Thanks to director Steve, caddies Heather and her assistants, kitchen helpers, and Tony as convenor. [posted Mon 9-Dec-19]

President's Trophy 2019: The 2019 President's Trophy was held in November, with 30 pairs contending. Winners (pictured right top with committee member Gabrielle Elich) were Adrienne Kelly and Steve Brookes. Second place went to Rosemary Crowley and Richard Perry.

This event is scored on a handicap basis too, and handicap winners were Judith Slade - Dorothy Beil, and with with second place on handicap going to Gaye McAuliffe - Marion Bucens. See more... [posted Mon 18-Nov-19]

Novice Pairs Congress: Our 2019 Novice Pairs Congress was held on 10 November with 32 pairs from all over south-east Queensland contending. Winners (pictured) were club members Trish Merefield and Pauline Clayton.

As Club members, Trish and Pauline also received the Mary Murray Shield for Novices.

Many thanks to Steve as director, and the team of volunteers in the kitchen and bar. See more... [posted Mon 11-Nov-19]

EFTPOS facility now available: For the convenience of members the club has installed EFTPOS facilities. Initially the following rules will apply: Only Mastercard and Visa debit and credit cards can be accepted EFTPOS can be used only for membership and joining fees, the purchase of pre-paid game vouchers, entry fees for congresses, lesson course fees and purchase of books and lesson materialsA $10 minimum will apply Sorry, no cash out, no refunds. [posted Fri 8-Nov-19]

Auguest Teams Congress: Our August Teams Congress attracted 30 teams from all over and was won by the Richman team from Tasmania and the Gold Coast. Pictured are Sandra Richman, Lou Tillotson, Roger Weathered and Andrew Richman. Runners up were the Stacey team (Beverley Stacey - Alison Dawson - Richard Trollope - Richard Perry), and 3rd were the Stoneman team (Michael Stoneman - Val Roland - Marcel Hoevenaars - Mattie Baljet).

The B category prize was won by the Kenny team (John Kenny - Brian Cordiner - John Elich - Gabrielle Elich).

Many thanks to the members who help in the kitchen under the management of Sonia, and with those helping with caddyng, directing, dealing and entries. [posted Sun 4-Aug-19]

2019 Teams Championship: The 2019 Teams Championship was played over three Thursdays in July and 16 teams competed in full round robin.

Winners were the Martin team (pictured from left): Paul Maddigan, Lyn Martin, Vivienne Maddigan and Jim Martin, with runners up Malty team (Andrew Dunlop, Tony Walford, Alan Maltby, Kate Balmanno and John Nibbs). See more... [posted Thu 25-Jul-19]

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