Newsletter - 7 June 2018

From the President:

As your partner goes north to seek the sun, please remember that you can still play bridge. Ask around the week before and see if others are at a loose end. Failing that, mention it to one of the managers well in advance. They try to oblige but cannot guarantee success; the more warning they have the better their (and your) chance of success.

Keep warm – by playing bridge!

Best wishes,

Lendlease Retirement Living - Saturday 16th June 2018

  • Date: Saturday, 16th June
  • Time: 10:30am – 11:30am
  • Location: East Hotel, 69 Canberra Avenue
  • RSVP to Lyn Chambers on 0429542839 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Wednesday 13 June

Lendlease Retirement Living has exciting plans to deliver a luxury over 55’s village to the community of Narrabundah. We invite you to join us for an informative morning tea where we will share our vision for the village, give you a sneak peak of the home designs, resort facilities, building timelines and give you the opportunity to register for VIP updates on how to buy.

Free parking will be provided at The East Hotel. Enter the carpark underneath the hotel from Oxley Street. Please report to hotel reception when you are leaving and you will receive your free ticket to exit the carpark.

Not only will you learn something about future accommodation options in the inner south, but the attendance of each individual CBC member will be financially beneficial to CBC.

When you RSVP please identify yourself as a CBC member.

Bridge for kids - Tuesday 10 & 17 July

  • Tuesday 10 July 2018 and Tuesday 17 July at CBC
  • 10am finishing at 12 noon with ice cream and pizza.
  • Cost $2.
  • Come to one or both as suits.

It is expected that a parent, grandparent or guardian will accompany each minor and assist if needed.

The target age is ten to twelve but eight to eighteen would be acceptable.

Card games include any trick taking game such as Old Maid, Hearts and mini bridge for older children. 

If you have any enquiries please contact Patricia (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or the Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sign up sheets will be on the noticeboard at CBC, or you can email the Manager. Please include names and ages of the children you are registering and the name of the guardian(s) who will attend with them.

Upcoming events

  • Teams of Three – Sunday 1st July 12:30pm
    • Gather 3 players and the club will provide you with an experienced player as captain.
    • Scrumptious food, good chats, fun prizes for nicest captain, happiest team and best team(s)
    • $15 Members (including Intermediate Players), $18 Non-member
    • Pre-entry essential, closes Friday 29th June 1pm
    • Two (2) Sections:
      • Intermediate - each player to have fewer than 15 masterpoints
      • Restricted - each player to have fewer than 150 masterpoints
  • CBC President’s Butler Pairs – Thursday 21st June, 28th June, 5th July

Master the Basics – cement your Bridge skills

The next lesson will be on Wednesday June 13, with Barb Toohey.

“Defence – Opening Leads against Trump contracts”

Supervised Session 2018 – all Beginners should attend

Supervised session topics


(starting at 7.00pm)

Thursdays & Fridays

(starting at 9.30am)

Weak 2D/2H/2S openings


8th June ( Friday)

Strong 2C opening

11th June

14th June (Thursday)

15th June (Friday)

Slam bidding, Blackwood

18th June

21stJune (Thursday)

22ndJune (Friday)

System Card

25th June

28th June (Thursday)

29th June (Friday)

- Barb, Ann and Jeanette

Life In General!

On the first day,  God created the dog and said, "sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this I will give you a life span of twenty years."
The dog said, "That's a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I'll give you back the other ten?"
And God said that it was good.

On the second day, God created the monkey and said, "Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh...For this, I'll give you a twenty-year life span."
The monkey said, "Monkey tricks for twenty years? That's a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten, like the dog did?"
And God again said that it was good.

On the third day, God created the cow and said, "You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer's family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years."
The cow said, "That's kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years. How about twenty and I'll give back the other forty?"
And God agreed it was good.

On the fourth day, God created humans and said, "Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I'll give you twenty years."
But the human said, "Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back,  and the ten the dog gave back; that makes eighty ---- okay ?"
"Okay," said God, "You asked for it".

So that is why for our first twenty years, we eat, sleep, play, and enjoy ourselves.
For the next forty years, we slave in the sun to support our family.
For the next ten years, we do monkey tricks, to entertain the grandchildren.
And for the last ten years, we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.

Life has now been explained to you.
There is no need to thank me for this valuable information. I'm doing it as a public service.

((If you are looking for me, I will be on the front porch.))

Promotions for May

Graduate –   Jane Allpress, Paul Christie, Michelle Clarke, Tony Clarke, Judy Scealy
Club –            Michele Grant, Meurine Thomas, Ian Walker
Local –             Keith Jorgenson
*Local –           Jeff Boag, Jeanette McCorriston
**Local –         Doina Uzubalis
Regional –       Chris Ballantyne
*Regional –     Deborah Milner
State –             Sherryn Datoo, Mirza Datoo
*State –           Peter Kowald
Life –               Patricia McDonald


Wollongong Bridge Congress Teams

  • John Brockwell and Chris Stead, with teammates Kevin Tant and Graham Evans, came 3rd

Asia Cup Championships in Goa, India – in progress

As of the end of 6th June:

  • Jodi Tutty is ranked 5 in the Mixed Team’s Butler.
  • Karen Creet & Sheila Bird are currently ranked 9 & 10 in the Women’s Butler.

Stay tuned next week for results from the Finals (which will be played on 10th June)

Eclectics for May

Friday am                                            Lance McDougall & Harold McCormick
Friday pm                                           Jim Ascione & Emlyn Williams
Saturday                                             Sue Coleman & Dorothy Jesner
Monday Red                                       Dennis Grahame & Bob Cox
Monday Blue & Yellow                        Shelia & Jim Murray
Monday pm                                         Helen Little & Geoff Hutchins
Monday pm Handicap                         Annabelle Boag & Jeanette McCorriston
Tuesday                                              Sally Barber & Arjuna De Livera
Wednesday – Bill Gray Pairs              Pamela McKittrick & Richard Johnston
Wednesday am                                   Pamela McKittrick & Richard Johnston
Wednesday pm                                   John Hempenstall & Clem Davis
Wednesday pm Handicap                   Chris Ballantyne & Douglas Stuart        
Thursday Blue                                     Ines-Maria Hodgkinson & Helen Van Gelder
Thursday Butler                                   Peter Kahler & Liz Van Der Hor