Oban

The Oban Times - - DISTRICTS -

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.

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