Bridge of friend­ship on show at congress

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

BRIDGE: Air­lie Beach Bridge Club played at the VMR on Wed­nes­day last week and will be do­ing the same this week and apolo­gies to Lions Ladies for the date mix-up.

We had three ta­bles of play­ers and the bridge mates were back in work­ing or­der which was su­per.

The win­ners were Chris and Di with 62.5 per cent with Neil and Narelle com­ing close with 60 per cent who had Dale and Eric breath­ing down their necks with 58 per cent.

There was only one flat hand which made 12 tricks (small slam) at both ta­bles. High­est score went to Neil and Narelle 1460 for 6S but mak­ing all 13 tricks.. No one else brave enough to bid to slam.

Fri­day was a two and a half ta­ble How­ell and the win­ners were Re­nate and Sigi with 67.50 per cent fol­lowed by Gil­lian Blackie and Rhonda Mil­lar with 55 per cent and then Dewi and Linda Narelle and Neil and Dale and Eric.

As usual we lunched at Palmers Restau­rant at the TAFE which is al­ways ex­cel­lent and then off to Club Croc to pre­pare the room for our big week­end.

Once again our Air­lie Beach congress was a great suc­cess with ev­ery­one check­ing in for next year.

This year we spread the prize­money to in­clude all di­vi­sions (four), so even the novice play­ers were in the win­ning group.

Our lovely coun­cil­lor Jan Clif­ford was there to present prizes to the win­ners and her pres­ence was greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.

Though our club did not win out­right, our Gil­lian Blackie and Re­nate Feige came sec­ond in B di­vi­sion and eighth over­all which we were very proud of.

Our new mem­ber Rhonda Miller and El­lie Sh­effield from Bowen came 3rd in B di­vi­sion.

Mackay won with Bill Red­head and Gay­lene Brown top­ping the A-grade thus be­ing the cham­pi­ons of the congress. Ev­ery­one chilled out or tried to on Satur­day night de­spite the heat, for the Gala din­ner, and dressed to the theme White Christ­mas Won­der­land, and there were some re­ally lovely in­ven­tive cos­tumes. Every year clubs as­tound us with their cos­tumes which add so much fun to the event.

Each club every year sur­prises us with the in­ven­tive­ness of their club songs and this year was fab­u­lous. We had the po­ets from Yep­poon ,the Bar­ber Duet from Air­lie, the croon­ers from Mackay, and the song­sters from Bowen, but alas the Townsville tenors had to go to Bris­bane for a State Comp but next year will be a dif­fer­ent mat­ter they tell us.

There were just un­der 70 bridge play­ers from Mackay, Bowen, Townsville Yep­poon, Townsville and Ing­ham who joined us for our an­nual congress which is grow­ing each year as word gets out.

We thank our spon­sors Whit­sun­day Shire Coun­cil, Whit­sun­day Tourism and Mantra Club Croc who all helped to make it a very suc­cess­ful week­end.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIBUTED

FES­TIVE FUN: Kay Lin­chan, Ly­die Martin, Dewi Hughes, Jane Sey­mour and Mau­reen Gal­lichan got into the White Christ­mas Won­der­land theme at the Air­lie Beach Bridge Congress last week­end.

Rhonda Miller (Air­lie), El­lie Sh­effield (Bowen) and Coun­cil­lor Jan Clif­ford, who pre­sented the prize for third place in B-grade.

The Mackay Croon­ers dis­played their dul­cet tones on a great night of fun at the Air­lie Beach Congress last week­end. :

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