Youngest and oldest win
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.