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2024 Club Teams Championship: The 2024 Teams Championship was contested over three Thursdays in July and 10 teams competed in an all-play-all event.

Winners were the Olsen team (pictured at right): David Christian, Geoff Olsen, Lyn and Jim Martin. Runners up were the Baker team (pictured below) - Harry Walsh, Chris Birch, Howard Baker - missing Roman Pawlyszyn.

Committee member John Gilmour presented the prizes.

Thanks to director Bob Davies and helpers. See more... [posted Thu 18-Jul-24]

June Congress 2024: The 2024 June Congress was held 22-23 June. A strong field turned out for both days and the event attracted several players from Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Saturday's Pairs event was won by Kate MacDonald / Ben Leung. The Category B prize went to Kathy and Warren Males from Brisbane.

The Teams event on Sunday was won by the Miller team. The team was made up of club members Lyn and Jim Martin and team mates Carolyn Miller and Kevin Steffensen from the Gold Coast. The B category prize went to the Dwan team, made up of club members Marjorie Mackinnon, Gary Petterson, Pepe Schwegler and Carmel Dwan.

Winners of both events are pictured here with club president Warren Holmes.

Many thanks to director Peter, congress convenor Barbara, catering manager Chris, the caddies, dealer and other helpers, and sponsors TBIB Insurance Brokers. See more... [posted Sun 23-Jun-24]

90th birthday celebration: Club Member Mike Phillips celebrated his 90th birthday at the club today. He is pictured with his cake.

Mike has been a member for many years and has served as club treasurer for several terms. [posted Mon 27-May-24]

2024 Pairs Championship: The 2024 Pairs Championship was run as an all-play-all event, and attracted 32 pairs. This event was played over 3 Monday afternoons.

Due to Covid19 affecting several partnerships, the second week was played with 3 missing pairs. Pairs that missed playing any opponents were scored with their session average for that round.

Winners were Alison Dawson and Gabrielle Elich, and runners-up were Rosemary Crowley and Richard Perry. (Both pairs pictured at right with Club President Warren Holmes).

Thanks to director Peter, convenor Barbara and Chris and her kitchen helpers. [posted Mon 27-May-24]

Covid19 is still with us: Members are reminded that Covid19 is still around and looks like making a re-emergence this winter. A number of members have come down with it already.

Some players at recent sessions have voiced their discomfort with the level of coughing. If members have a cough which they believe is not infectious they should wear a mask to allay the concerns of fellow members. It is very important that if you are unwell or in any doubt of your health, isolate at home. [posted Fri 24-May-24]

Novice Pairs Championship: The 2024 Novice Pairs Championship was held in May, with 38 pairs contending - a great turnout.

A Swiss Pairs event was held over 3 weeks, playing 12 matches, and was ably run by Bob Davies.

Winners were Kim and Lesley Rouse, and second place went to Marguerite Hanks / Brenda Young. These four players are pictures at right.

This is an honour board event, and is run annually. Red masterpoints were awarded. See more... [posted Thu 23-May-24]

Vilma's 93rd birthday: Vilma celebrated her 93rd birthday recently, with a cake presented by the Club.

[posted Mon 29-Apr-24]

Grand Master promotion: Congratulations to Amber Noonan on reaching Grand Master status last week. [posted Fri 19-Apr-24]

Au revoir Tricia!: Tricia Merefield moved to France earlier this month. She is a well known club member and actively assisted Alison with new players and Peter with congress caddying for several years.

We wish her all the best and hope to see her back at the Club when she visits "down under". [posted Wed 17-Apr-24]

Alison makes 2024 Queensland Women's Team: Long time club member and former teacher Alison Dawson has qualified as a member of the six person Queensland Women's Team representing our State at the Australian National Championships at Orange NSW later this year.

Congratulations Alison! We wish you and the team all the best.

Pictured is Alison with the other five team members at the completion last weekend of a grueling 180 board play-off over 3 days. [posted Mon 8-Apr-24]

Birthday celebration for Dick: For Dick Trollope's special birthday this week, Friday morning players organised a cake. [posted Fri 5-Apr-24]

Graded Teams Congress: The 2024 Graded Teams was hosted by our club on 17 March. We had 22 teams playing in 3 grades, with players from all over south-east Queensland.

The A Grade was won by the Mann Team pictured right (PATRICIA MANN - JOHN MORRIS - MATTIE BALJET - MARCEL HOEVENAARS). The B Grade was won by the Richards teams, and the Davies team won the C Grade.

Many thanks to convenor Barbara, caddies Ursula and Liz, director Peter, and Chris and the other kitchen and bar helpers.

More photos on our Facebook page. See more... [posted Mon 18-Mar-24]

Latest Member Profile - Peter Busch: Here is the latest in our series of Club Member Profiles. This edition features Peter Busch. A full list of our published member profiles is on our Documents page.

Our author for these profiles has been Julie Pigden. This is Julie's last one - she is passing the mantle to Pauline Clayton. Julie has done a great job with these features. See more... [posted Fri 16-Feb-24]

Member profile - Jim and Lyn Martin: Here is the latest in our series of Club Member Profiles. This edition features Jim and Lyn Martin. A full list of our published member profiles is on our Documents page. See more... [posted Mon 22-Jan-24]

Member profile - Arch Morrison: Here is the latest in our series of Club Member Profiles. This edition features Arch Morrison. A full list of our published member profiles is on our Documents page. See more... [posted Tue 12-Dec-23]

Member profile - John Kenny: Here is the latest in our series of Club Member Profiles. This edition features John Kenny. A full list of our published member profiles is on our Documents page. See more... [posted Mon 4-Dec-23]

President's Trophy 2023: The 2023 President's Trophy was held in November, with 22 pairs competing. Winners were Alison Dawson and Ken Dawson. Second place went to Bev and John Stacey. They are picture here with club president Warren Holmes.

This event is scored on a handicap basis too, and handicap winners were Iris Jeffries and Yvonne Hawthorne. (Actual handicap winners were Bev and John Stacey, but as 1st and 2nd placegetters don't qualify for the handicap prize, the handicap prize goes to Iris and Yvonne.) See more... [posted Mon 20-Nov-23]

Qld Senior Pairs: Our club hosted the Qld Senior Pairs on Sunday 12 November.

There were 22 pairs from all over south east Queensland in a strong field. Overall winners were David Christian - Geoff Olsen (pictured right holding the trophy, with Club President Warren Holmes middle). Runners-up were Di Rogers - Susie Warren.

A Restricted Pairs event was held alongside the Qld Senior Pairs, and this attracted 16 pairs. Winners were Robert King - Keith Cohen, with runners-up Carmel Dwan - Tricia Merefield.

Full results are available here.

Thanks to director Peter, convenor Barbara, and the caddies, kitchen and bar help, and dealer. [posted Sun 12-Nov-23]

Member Profile - Steve and Ann Murray: Here is the latest in our series of Club Member Profiles. This edition features Steve and Ann Murray. A full list of our published member profiles is on our Documents page. See more... [posted Fri 20-Oct-23]

Member Profile - Pepe Schwegler: Here is the latest in our series of Club Member Profiles. This edition features Pepe Schwegler. See more... [posted Sun 24-Sep-23]

Restricted Pairs Championship: The 2023 Restricted Pairs Championship was played this month. Winners (pictured top with Committee Member John Gilmour) were Dave Richards and Jay Kent and runners up were Diane Blewett and Kerry Baillie.

Thanks to director Steve and helpers. [posted Tue 19-Sep-23]

Graded Pairs Congress: Our 2023 Graded Pairs congress attracted 15 tables, with players from across the Coast and from Brisbane.

We had 3 separate grades, and this is a popular format for players at all levels of experience. Winners of the A Grade (left side of photo) were Alison Dawson and Janeen Solomon, B grade winners (upper right) were Shane and Sonya Palfreyman, and C Grade winners were John Rivers and Sameer Pandya.

Many thanks to Peter as director, Barbara as convenor, Chris and her team of kitchen helpers and caddies and dealers.

Click here for event results. [posted Sun 17-Sep-23]

2023 Annual General Meeting: The 2023 Annual General Meeting was held on Monday 4 September.

Incoming Committee members were welcomed aboard by President Warren Holmes, and outgoing members thanked for their contribution.

Retiring Committee members: Chris Gilmour, Brian Cordiner, Lorraine Kaszas

New Committee members: Robert Bandiera (Treasurer), Mike Scott (Vice President), Louise Taylor-Smith (Committee member) [posted Mon 4-Sep-23]

MyABF - update: There has been some confusion from some members about MyABF. The attached document attempts to clear up any misconceptions. See more... [posted Mon 28-Aug-23]

Charity Day to support Sunshine Coast's homeless: Our Charity Day, held on Friday 18th of August was a marvelous success. The club raised $5000 for the Maroochy Neighbourhood Centre and Sleep Bus, the money being used to provide meals for those homeless or struggling in today's harsh financial climate.

Congratulations to Maggie Marsden and Sonya Holmes, pictured, who won the Fancy Hat competition. There were many more winners throughout the morning and John Kenny very kindly paid for an open bar after play.

Many thanks to Maureen Cass, who again donated an exquisite gourmet hamper for our Lucky Door prize winner Harry Walsh.

Also many thanks to all who donated and of course our sponsors: our neighbours The Sunshine Coast Art Group, Alexandra Heads SLSC, Headland Golf Club, Harry's on Buderim, IGA, Buderim Landscaping Supplies, Club Mooloolaba, The Tony Kelly Restaurant Group and The Spirit House.

Please support these local businesses, as they have most kindly and generously supported us.

And don't forget to come along next year! [posted Fri 25-Aug-23]

Member Profile - Peter and Angela Watts: Here is the latest in our series of Club Member Profiles. This edition features long tome members Peter and Angela Watts. See more... [posted Sun 20-Aug-23]

Club member profile - Lisa Philips: Here is the latest in our series of Club Member Profiles. This edition features Club teacher Lisa Phillips. See more... [posted Tue 11-Jul-23]

Member Profile #2 - Mike and Shirley Phillips: Here''s the latest in our series of Club Member Profiles. This edition features Mike and Shirley Phillips. See more... [posted Mon 26-Jun-23]

Member Profile #2 - Howard Baker: Here's the latest in our series of Club Member Profiles. This edition features long term member Howard Baker. See more... [posted Wed 24-May-23]

Member profiles: Our club is full of interesting people. We might know most of them as opponents across the table, and perhaps a bit about their skill as bridge players, but not much else. But everyone has a back-story.

Over the next few months, we are going to open the lid on some of those back stories. The first one is Ursula Sheldon. We know her as a club member of many years standing, but not much more. Read on... See more... [posted Wed 3-May-23]

50th Anniversary: Our 50th Anniversary Celebration was on Tuesday 11th April.

Format for the day was morning tea on arrival, a welcome by President Warren Holmes, followed by guest speakers including the Sunshine Coast Regional Council mayor Mark Jamieson and QBA Manager Kim Ellaway. Sue Mabin and Judith Slade then spoke about the history of the club over its 50 years, and Gabrielle Elich launched the 50th Year book, which is now available for sale from the club for $10. Celebratory cake was cut by two of our longest serving members Anne Young and Val Colless, and after which a sandwich lunch was available for all. An afternoon bridge session followed, with a near-capacity crowd of 26 tables.

Pictured are Anne and Val cutting the anniversary cake, with mayor Mark Jamieson. There are more photos on our Photos page.

Many thanks to the chief organiser Chris Gilmour, president Warren Holmes and their army of helpers. [posted Tue 11-Apr-23]

Two new club directors: The Club has two newly qualified Club Directors. Picture are Lisa Phillips (left, with president Warren Holmes) and Jeff White (right, with senior director Steve Murray).

This qualification is managed by the QBA and involves passing two exams - one on laws and the other on movements and scoring.

Congratulations to Lisa and Jeff!

Any other players who are thinking about learning directing can contact Games Director Peter Busch. All assistance will be provide to those interested. [posted Tue 24-Jan-23]

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