Warwick Bridge Club
Top performers in the local heat of the Australia-Wide Pairs Competition were John Rose and Peter Campbell (N/S) and George Dayus with Jill Smith (E/W). No details of the hands can be published until the competition finishes on Friday evening.
In last Friday’s game the honours were shared between Rebecca Pennington/Tom Graham and Pat Kelly/ John Nankervis. They both scored well on Board 8 (above). Rebecca and Tom found their heart fit after an opening bid of 1C by West. It may have taken three or four bids, exploring diamonds and spades before agreeing on hearts. 4H is a great spot with West’s clubs totally neutralised, but only an incurable optimist would have bid any higher. There are two finesses to be taken and 17 high card points in the East/West hands.
Tom (South) received the lead of the Jack of Spades, which gave Tom a free finesse. The lead was not unreasonable, hoping for a spade ruff later. Trumps could now be tested. West won the first round with the Ace, but had no good return.
One more round was all that was needed to draw the remaining trumps and clear the way for the diamond finesse to be taken. At the end the Ace of Hearts remained the only trick for East/West. Twelve tricks for North/South was worth 480. John and Pat were next best with 11 tricks for 450, having received the less helpful lead of the King of Clubs. The other pairs failed to bid game. On hands like this upgrading your hand because of a good distribution is important, as is making overtricks where possible.
Results for the period ending 27/08/18:
Friday, August 24 (4 & ½-table Howell):
J. Nankervis P. Kelly (56.2%) 1; T. Graham R. Pennington (56.2%) 1; M. Johnston N. McGinness 3. Handicap: T. Graham R. Pennington 1; B. Reid J. McKeen 2. Monday, August 27 (7-table Mitchell):
N/S J. Rose P. Campbell (62.8%) 1; L. James S. Head (50.6%) 2; H. Ferrier A.Gibson (50.3%) 3. Handicap: J. Rose P. Campbell 1; P. Kelly W. Milne 2.
E/W G. Dayus Jill Smith (60.7%) 1; D. Hartwig M. Simpson (60.1%) 2; M. Johnston N.McGinness (55.7%) 3. Handicap: B. Reid J. McKeen 1; G. Dayus Jill Smith 2.
Warwick East Ladies Bowls
Barbara Denny, Margaret Wright, Dorothy Hassum, Luise Nicklich and Gloria Brady played a game of “scroungers” last Tuesday. Three for a win, two for second and one for third place.
This was a new format for the ladies and they thoroughly enjoyed their game.
The winner was Gloria, second Barbara and third, Margaret. Men’s Pennants are on again this Saturday as last week’s competition was called off because of the very welcome rain.
Ladies are asked to be at the clubhouse at 2pm today (Friday) to do the catering preparation and Saturday at 8am to prepare the morning tea.
Bowls as usual next week. Coming events include Open Triples Thursday, September 6, Car Club visit on Saturday, September 8 and a memorial day sponsored by Ross Norman and Ian Thompson in memory of Enid and Margaret on Saturday, September 15. Ross and Ian invite all bowlers who remember Enid and Margaret to come along. Venus Smith and Vic Nelson are sponsoring an event on Saturday, October 13 and The Rose Fiesta this year will be a one day mixed carnival on Saturday, October 20. Nominations are coming in so please get your team in as only 14 teams can be accepted.