Card sharps in town for ti­tle clash

Marlborough Express - The Saturday Express, Marlborough - - CLASSIFIED INDEX - EMILY HEYWARD

When you’ve got some of New Zealand’s best card play­ers vy­ing to take out the South Is­land Euchre cham­pi­onship, every sec­ond counts.

So card-en­thu­si­ast David Rash­leigh from Blen­heim is thrilled to be the ‘‘chief bell ringer’’ in charge of tim­ing at the tour­na­ment held at the Clubs of Marl­bor­ough on Satur­day and Sun­day.

First-time time­keeper Rash­leigh said his job was an im­por­tant one as 160 peo­ple from around the South Is­land trav­elled to Blen­heim to com­pete for the ti­tle.

‘‘I’m go­ing to be the big chief bell ringer ... I’ve got to look af­ter the time so that’s quite im­por­tant,’’ he said.

Card lovers from as far south as Oa­maru and across the top of the South Is­land in­clud­ing Blen­heim, Ren­wick, Nel­son, Motueka and Rich­mond were com­ing to­gether to take part in the an­nual tour­na­ment in a bid to steal the Stein­lager Cup from Ti­maru, who won it in 2017.

Rash­leigh said it would be a chance to meet new peo­ple, which was huge draw card for him, es­pe­cially be­cause his favourite game was Crib, not Euchre.

And his bell­ring­ing job was ideal be­cause he ‘‘[didn’t] like that game [Euchre] for too long’’.

Twenty clubs from around the South Is­land have en­tered, and the teams of eight would be split into pairs for the tour­na­ment.

Satur­day would give play­ers the chance to play a friendly game and so­cialise with each other. The af­ter­noon would run from 2pm5pm at the Clubs of Marl­bor­ough.

The main tour­na­ment would get un­der way on Sun­day and would run from 8am till late.

Or­gan­iser Peter Hand said the last time Blen­heim hosted the event was five or six years ago.

He ex­pected it to be a great week­end and said with lots of peo­ple trav­el­ling to Blen­heim it would be a ‘‘big boost’’ for the town, with ac­com­mo­da­tion around town full of vis­it­ing play­ers.

The win­ners of the tour­na­ment would be an­nounced on Sun­day evening, Hand said.

‘‘The team with the most points for the day wins a cup and the pair with the big­gest num­ber of points, they take home the Stein­lager Cup.’’


Peter Hand will be hop­ing for a good hand at the South Is­land Euchre cham­pi­onship in Blen­heim.

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