Newsletter - 8 March 2019

In this week’s newsletter...


  • Metal name badge orders

Upcoming Events


  • Griffith Congress
  • Promotions

Dear Hilda

  • Griffith Pairs


From the President:

For our interested energy experts, things are progressing on the solar panels front.

There are 54 panels on the roof, at a cost of roughly $25000 ex GST. We expect to save at least one-third of our electricity costs through this, and thereby recover the cost of the capital expenditure in about four years. Following a government inspection on 19 March, the system will be in full operation. We can all then bask in any sunlight.

Thank you to Claire Hughes, Kerry Butcher and Emily Inglis for their work on this project.

Please read below for appeals for help…

Best wishes,


Monday Seniors Pairs - Comestibles

On Monday 18th March, the first session of the two-week Seniors Pairs we will have short break for morning tea. We would appreciate donations of something sweet or savoury. Please let Pam know if you are able to contribute on that day.

Carpets – Please help!

We have plans to have our carpets stretched – to eliminate bubbling and falls – and cleaned; a 2-step process.

Stretching will be done by a commercial company from 7.30am on Tuesday 19 March.

We need furniture-moving helpers on:

  • Monday 18 March at 1.30pm
  • Tuesday 19 March from 7.30am

Cleaning will be done by a commercial company from 3pm on Friday 5 April.

We will need furniture-moving helpers from:

  • 2pm on Friday 5 April; and after the afternoon session i.e. about 4.15pm
  • 30am Saturday morning 6 April – also a general Working Bee at that time

Lighter Moments

Having one child makes you a parent; having two makes you a referee.

- David Frost


Do you want a metal name badge?

We will soon be submitting another batch of orders for the Metal (magnetic) name badges. The cost is $15 per badge, pre-paid. Please see the managers before/after session.

Upcoming Events

CBC Seniors Walk-in Red Point Pairs

  • Mondays 10am, 18th & 25th March
  • Walk-in – no pre-entry required!

State American Whist Teams

  • Thursdays 7:30pm, starting 21st March for 3 weeks
  • Register online or on the notice board

Egon Larson Butler Pairs

  • Tuesdays 7:30pm, starting 26th March for 3 weeks
  • Entries close Monday 25th March, 10am.
  • Register online or on the notice board

Upcoming BFACT events

Dates for the 2019 ANC Trials

Women’s Trials

15-17 March

Open – Stage 2

24 March

Open – Final

12-14 April

Seniors – Qualifying

Monday evenings 8 & 15 April

Seniors – Final

26-28 April

BFACT Restricted Championship

Win a trip to Melbourne!

If you had < 300 Masterpoints on 31 December 2018, enter the BFACT Restricted Championship; a two-session event held on Sunday 24 March 2019. The first two contending pairs will be offered a subsidy to enter the TBIB Restricted Pairs held on 20-21 July 2019. Conditions apply.


Griffith Congress

Pairs – 1st: Richard Hills & Chris Stead, with 67%
Teams – 2nd: Richard Hills, Chris Stead, Neik Van Vucht & Vicky Lisle





Peter Clarke
Maureen Doszpot
Jerry Tipping


Vivian Dixon
Stephanie Mander


Jan Goodall
Steve Kyburz
Nick Vonthethoff
Jane Young
Gerhard Zatschler


Nola Arnold


Geoff Hooper


Dan Danton

Gold Life

Ken Anderson

Emerald Grand

Arjuna De Livera

Dear Hilda Lirsch,

How did you and your partner win the final of the Griffith Pairs with a score of 67%, 7% ahead of second place?

Best wishes,


Dear Narcissus,

The answer lies in the classic Beatles song “With a Little Help from my Friends”.

For example:
Sitting East-West, partner and I were conducting an artificial game-forcing auction.  
Pard (East) bid an artificial 2♣.

South held:





so decided to try a lead-directing double.

Alas, North thought the double was a takeout double, so holding:





North chose to bid 2♠, their better major.
But pard held:





so he had an easy penalty double of 2♠ for a top to us.

The moral of this story is to discuss in advance with partner when a double is lead-directing or alternatively when a double is takeout.

Best wishes,

Lessons & Seminars

Master the Basics 

Master Basics will resume on March 13th, 2019.
“Bidding – Forcing or not?”.

Cost: $6 for members, $8 for non members 

Supervised Play

Week of

Monday / Friday


11th – 15th March

Slam bidding, Blackwood

Defence  - Second hand play

18th – 22nd March

Introduction, Etiquette, Key Points

Defence – Third hand play

25th - 29th March Opening Leads & Signals Defence – To Cover or Not to Cover