Youngest and old­est win

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Four­teen- year- old Ja­cob Kalma and 98-year-old Sadie Swap paired up on a re­cent Mata­mata Bridge Club night and capped off a great year of bridge with a ses­sion win at the an­nual Christ­mas event.

The two play­ers rep­re­sent the young and old of the bridge club with an amaz­ing 84-year age dif­fer­ence, il­lus­trat­ing that bridge is one of the few com­pet­i­tive games that can span gen­er­a­tions.

Ja­cob, who has been play­ing for two years, is a mem­ber of the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Youth Team that com­peted at the Na­tional Congress in Hamil­ton.

In con­trast, Sadie has been play­ing for 50 years and still plays weekly at the Mata­mata club demon­strat­ing her acu­men with reg­u­lar ses­sion wins.

Sadie who turns 99 in Jan­uary is look­ing for­ward to the 2013 sea­son but ad­mit­ted to a few nerves be­fore pair­ing up on Thurs­day with her new play­ing part­ner.

‘‘We made a few stuff ups ini­tially, but once I re­laxed, we started play­ing well and formed a good un­der­stand­ing,’’ said Sadie.

Ja­cob and Sadie both en­joy the game of bridge and reg- ular com­pe­ti­tion – Sadie likes the men­tal stim­u­la­tion and so­cial in­ter­ac­tion and Ja­cob en­joys the com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment and learn­ing the finer points of bridge.

Tops at cards: Ja­cob Kalma, 14, and Sadie Swap, 98.

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