AFTER a quiet summer, Oban Bridge Club’s Friday afternoon meetings are back in action.
Recent weeks have seen between eight and 10 pairs. The Friday Bridge Club is more informal and relaxed than the club’s other weekly meetings and is an ideal setting for beginners and newcomers to cut their teeth against vigorous but always friendly opposition.
The beginners’ class on Tuesday evenings, under the teaching of David Marshall assisted by Catherine MacGregor, is also in full swing with 12 new learners. Three of these were recruited from the recent Get into Bridge night at Dalmally Golf Club.
Another spin-off of the Dalmally Bridge night is an occasional Thursday afternoon game for experienced players and beginners, held in the golf club.
The Argyll Vintners trophy was played for in September in Inveraray. This is an annual competition and is open to members of all bridge clubs in Argyll.
There was a good turnout for the event with players from Helensburgh, Oban, Dunoon and Kilmichael Glassary.
The 2017 competition was won by Robert White and Donald Gillies and the day concluded with a buffet supper in the Inveraray Inn.
SBU British autumn pairs: North-South 1 Carol MacDougall and Romano Capocci 53.87 per cent; East-West 1 Sandy Murray and Margo McIntyre 64.88 per cent. Donald Johnson Trophy: 1 Nina Graham, Anne Kunz, David Pollard and Jack Suchodolski, . John Raymond, Kieron Green, Allistair Duff and David Pender, 3 Carol MacDougall, Romano Capocci, Alison Dunn and Neil Fraser. SBU simultaneous pairs: NorthSouth 1 Neil Fraser and Alison Dunn 61.31 per cent; East-West 1 John Raymond and Keiron Green 66.07 per cent. Congratulations to John and Keiron who came fifth and Sandy Murray and Margo McIntyre who came sixth out of all the competing Scottish teams.
Upcoming events: Children in Need charity night November 13; Celtic sim pairs December 6.
Some of those who attended the Oban Bridge Club beginners’ class.