Newsletter - 8 November 2019

In this week’s newsletter...

Upcoming Events


  • Tumbarumba Congress
  • Mudgee Congress
  • Promotions
  • Eclectics


From the President:

Thank you very much to the Melbourne Cup organisers extraordinaire, Michele Grant and Mary Tough, and their wonderful team of John Hempenstall, Susan Walters, Peter Giles, Jim Collier, Niek Van Vucht and Lesley Gunson, and all those who brought slices and flowers.

And thanks also to the director, Jodi Tutty.

We raised $207 for Barnardos on the day through the raffle.

Best wishes,


Working Bee

Saturday 30 November 9:30am, the Club needs helpers to setup Christmas decorations and other things. Please write your name on the sign-up list if you are able to come and help, to let us know roughly how many to expect.

All levels of ability are appreciated – whether you are able to climb ladders, or just advise on decorative positioning whilst sitting in a chair! Show some Spirit and lend a hand or an eye.

Southern Cross Community Benefits Program double bonus value

Members are reminded that they can give an early Christmas present to CBC. By eating and drinking at any of the Southern Cross Clubs during November and having assigned their Community Benefits to CBC ensures, that we receive double value for this month (November).

Assigning your benefits to CBC can be facilitated at any of the Southern Cross Clubs, or online direct and/or via our managers. If you are not already a member please consider joining Southern Cross Club and your family and friends can also assign their benefits to CBC as well.

This program serves as a very effective outside source of aid to CBC and very much equates to Santa coming early.

Update your details for the 2020 Club booklet

Members - please check your details in Pianola and the 2019 calendar booklet to check if they are correct. If they have not, please see Kerry or Emily in the office, or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your updated details to ensure correct publication in the CBC 2020 Calendar Booklet.Fundraiser for Barnardos

Tim Mather is participating in the swimming leg of the Sri Chinmoy Triple Triathalon to be held in Canberra on 17th November.  If members would like to support the Bridge Club’s charity, Barnardos, by sponsoring him for a win, place, or kilometres swum it would be greatly appreciated. Tim will swim 1.5kms in Lake Ginnanderra, 3.5kms in Lake Burley Griffin and 1.2kms in Lake Tuggeranong.

Thank you in anticipation of a successful outcome.

Southern Highlands Bridge Club fundraiser

If you are interested in either of the booklets on Better Partnership Bridge by Rakesh Kumar, $15 each plus postage, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Upcoming Events

Save the Date – CBC Christmas Party

  • 4th December, 2019

Stay tuned for more information!

Kantar Lessons - Sundays 10th & 17th November, 10am – 12:30pm

These lessons are suitable for a wide range of players - from players who are starting out in the Club's duplicate session, all the way up to experienced evening competition players.
$20 for members, $25 for non-members
Sign up online or on the BT Room notice board.

Sunday 10th November

  • Topic: Discarding
  • Teacher: Ian Robinson

Sunday 17th November

  • Topic: Counting Declarer’s tricks
  • Teacher: Jodi Tutty

CBC Alan McArthur Teams

  • Tuesday nights 7:30pm, 19th & 26th November & 3rd December

CBC Medley Teams

  • Thursday nights 7:30pm, 21st & 28th November & 5th December

Asian Pacific Bridge Federation Championships

The APBF Championships are being held in Perth from 15th-22nd April, 2020. BFACT will send one subsidised ACT team. Nominations of teams with 4-6 members should be sent to Niek Van Vucht at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or enter on the signup sheet on the noticeboard by 5pm Sunday 15 December 2019. Note that the CBC office is closed from 2pm Friday until 9am Monday, and any noticeboard signups need to be done by 1pm Friday 13th December, to be included in the list submitted to Niek Van Vucht.

Full event and subsidy funding details, see the APBF Championship page on our website

State Veterans Pairs

  • Monday 10am, 11th & 18th November
  • Eligibility: Born before 1 January 1949
  • Matchpoint scoring
  • Pair with highest combined score over two sessions will be the winner. No substitutions.

Wednesday Night Bridge Xmas Party

There will be a Xmas party on Wednesday night December 4th. All welcome. Please bring a plate and drinks.

Party will commence at 6.15 pm with bridge to follow from 7.15 pm. This is in addition (not instead) of the CBC daytime Christmas Party.

Lighter Moments

A two-year-old is kind of like a blender, but you don't have a top for it.

- Jerry Seinfeld


Tumbarumba Congress

Swiss Pairs


  1. Len & Liz Van Der Hor
  2. Andrew Spooner & Sebastian Yuen
  3. Christy Geromboux & Keiran Crowe-Mai

Restricted: 3rd Cathi Bywater & Claire Hughes


Open: 1st Richard Hills, Chris Stead, Alison Farthing, Dorothy Jesner
Restricted: 1st John McDonald & Yvette Gilroy with S. Martin & T. Kinch

Mudgee Congress

Matchpoint Pairs

  1. Niek Van Vucht & Vicky Lisle

Promotions for October




Mick Collins
Sue O’Connor


Steve Kyburz
Lillian Leseur
Maureen Lipinski
Nick Vonthethoff


Doina Uzubalis


Jennifer Yeats


Leonie Della

Bronze Life

Rasma Bundle

Silver Grand

Stephen Fischer

Gold Grand

Ian Thomson

October Eclectics



Monday Morning (combined all sections)

Janet Kahler & Val Brockwell

Monday Evening

Michael Robertson & Ian Gay

Tuesday Afternoon

Nat Krishnamoorthy & Brian Thorp

Wednesday Morning

Sau-Yem Lo & Nola Arnold

Wednesday Evening

Andrew Moorhead & Maureen Lipinski

Thursday Morning – Red Butler

Lesley Gunson & Larissa Cowlishaw

Thursday Morning – Blue Matchpoint

Keith Mitchell & Judith Forster

Friday Morning

Lance McDougall & Harold McCormick

Friday Afternoon

Geoff Hutchins & Geoff Hayes

Saturday Afternoon

John Pearson & Terry Pearson

Lessons & Seminars

Master the Basics

The next lesson will be on November 13, 2019 @ 9:15am
 “Slam Bidding - Roman Key Card Blackwood”
Cost: $6 for members, $8 for non members

Thursday Intermediate Lessons

  • Every Thursday Morning at 9:30am SHARP
  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Cost $5 for members, $7 for non-members
  • Come alone, with a friend or your partner
  • Program:
    14th November - They've stolen my bid!
    21st November - 1NT & responses
    28th November - Stayman
    5th December - Responses to 2NT

Supervised Play & Lessons

  • Monday evenings, 7:00pm
  • Friday mornings, 9:30am
  • 20 minute free lesson, then play in the Supervised Play section to reinforce your learning (normal table fees apply).
  • You do not need a partner for Supervised Play.


  • 11th - 15th November – No Trump Play #1 
  • 18th – 22nd November – Trump Play #1 
  • 25th - 29th November – Card Play #2 Finesse
  • 2nd - 6th December - Better minor - rebids