Newsletter - 8 January 2021

In this week’s newsletter...

  • Working Bee
  • COVID hygiene
  • Farewell
  • RealBridge Platform Trial
  • Check-In CBR App
  • ABF Bridge Player Survey
  • Next week at the Clubrooms
  • Next week on BBO
  • Next week on RealBridge online
  • Upcoming events
  • Results
  • Lighter moments (jokes)

From the President:

 I would like to thank all the volunteers who wash the cleaning cloths. While the washing is not onerous, the hanging on the line and folding the dry cloths is!  Imagine hanging on the line the number of cloths that the club goes through each week. A great effort by all!

I would also like to thank all the players at the club for their constant efforts to clean the tables etc after play. It always appears to be a joint effort by all players at the table, with the work done relatively quickly. I don’t think that the bridgemates and bidding boxes have ever been so clean.

Stay safe, and enjoy the game.


Working Bee, Saturday morning 9.30

A working bee will be held this Saturday morning to dismantle the Christmas decorations. The working bee should be over within an hour.  All help will be gratefully received. Thanks.

COVID Hygiene

As stated in our COVID plan, please remember to practise good respiratory hygiene, eg, cough/sneeze into your elbow or directly into a tissue, then wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before you touch the playing cards. If you are unwell, stay at home.

Please remember to familiarise yourselves with the Club’s COVID plan, which is regularly updated in line with the ACT Government’s COVID’s health advice.


We send our best wishes to members who are moving interstate this year. We will miss seeing you around the Club and at the tables, and hope you settle well into your new home. 

Malcolm Wood will be moving interstate, after playing here for over 14 years!

The Kirkby's are also moving interstate, after having played here for over 4 years.

Best wishes, and safe travels.

RealBridge Online Platform Trial on Wednesday Evenings

The trial and survey of RealBridge on Wednesday Evenings has concluded. A final decision on the Wednesday Evening online platform (BBO or RealBridge) will be made a the next CBC Committee meeting on 11 January.

Until a decision is made, we have decided to continue the trial and use the RealBridge platform for Wednesday Evening 13 January.

Members who have not yet played on RealBridge but would like to try the experience are welcome to play in any (or all) of the matchpoint sessions.

Real Bridge Taster Session - Saturday 9 January (tomorrow)

Haven't tried RealBridge yet? It's not too late. Bruce Crossman is holding a Taster Session at 12noon (CBR time) to help some NT Clubs, and you are invited to join the session also to try out RealBridge.

See the details on our RealBridge webpage

Check-In CBR App

If you come to the Club you will notice we have some new signs requesting people 'check-in' with the Check-In CBR App. This app is operated by ACT Health and is used to streamline contract tracing if required.

Whilst we hope ACT Health never need to use it for our Club, we strongly encourage members to download the app to their smartphones and check-in every time you come to the Club.

Visitors to the Club will be required to either use the Check-In CBR App (preferred) or give their name and phone number to the Manager. Since we have records of who has played in which session, and the contact details for all members already, use of the app is optional (but strongly encouraged) for members. However if a member is visiting the Club but not playing, they must check-in with the app or Manager/Director.

Use of the app allows us one person per two square metres at the club, so a greater capacity in the Club rooms if we need it. The 1.5 metre social distancing requirement has not changed, so the three table set up will remain for the foreseeable future. Please continue to observe the 1.5 metre requirement, both at the club and elsewhere.

ABF Bridge Player Survey

The ABF, state bodies and clubs now need to plan how to create the best possible bridge games, congresses and selection events in 2021 both in clubs and online to give maximum enjoyment to all bridge players in what could be still a challenging environment. THe ABF needs your input and help.

Fill in the survey now:

Next week at the Clubrooms

Have you read the new versions of the CBC COVID-19 Safety Plan and Checklist for Members & Kitchen?

For the week commencing Monday 11 January:

  • Monday morning 10:00am                                                     Bruce Crossman w/ Andrew Struik
  • Monday evening 7:00pm (walk-in)                                         Christy Geromboux
  • Monday evening 7:15pm President Plate                              Christy Geromboux
  • Tuesday afternoon 1:15pm                                                    Sally Barber
  • Wednesday morning 10:00am                                               Ian Robinson
  • Thursday morning 10:00am (MP and Imps)                          Jodi Tutty
  • Friday afternoon 1:15pm                                                       Ian Robinson w/ Andrew Struik

Reminders for in-Club sessions:

  • Payment of vouchers ($50/$45) by online bank transfer is greatly preferred, to reduce cash handling and processing time. For those unable to pay by bank transfer, please have the exact cash amount to prevent needing change given.
  • Please make Vouchers & Membership payments made via Table Money envelope, unless this is a volunteer at the entrance door. 
  • One person ONLY in the kitchen at a time, after start of play. You are welcome to gently remind others if you see they have forgotten.

Next week on BBO

For the week commencing Monday 11 January, we have scheduled on BBO:

  • Monday Morning 10:15am                           Bruce Crossman
  • Thursday Morning 10:15am (matchpoint)    Jodi Tutty

Next week on RealBridge Online

  • Wednesday Evening Matchpoint/Duplicate 7:15pm - No registration required. A link to the session will be posted on the RealBridge information page at 5pm Wednesday.
    Directed by John Donovan

Upcoming Events

BFACT InterClub Teams 2020

Do you want to represent your club? The BFACT interclub teams event to be held on Sunday 17 January 2021 is looking for entries.

Categories are:

  • Novice: <100MP at Jan 17 2021
  • Restricted: <300MP at Jan 17 2021
  • Intermediate: <750MP at Jan 17 2021
  • Senior: Born before 01/01/1960

Put together a team of 4 people and nominate (state representatives not eligible to enter) for the event.

Enter via our Online Entry Form. Please note the location has not been decided yet - could be live at the club or on realbridge. When nominating please indicate which location you would play at (or 'either'). Don't forget to state your category too!

Full details available on the BFACT InterClub Teams event page

The Australian National Championships

In discussion with the ABF, NSWBA and BAWA have agreed to swap the hosting of the Australian National Championships 2021 and 2023. The 2021 Australian National Championships will now be held at the Perth Convention Centre, Western Australia from 10th to 22nd July. The championships will include State representatives in Open, Youth, Women’s and Senior categories and the Butler. The Swan River Swiss Pairs will also be incorporated into the programme. A comprehensive programme will be circulated early in 2021.

The Tournament Organiser for the ANC on behalf of BAWA is Robina McConnell.


December Promotions

Graduate:  Ruitian Lang

ABF Nationwide Pairs Online

3rd January - Open Section

2nd N/S - Chris Quail & Neil Ewart  - 61.09%

1st E/W - Peter Waight & Elizabeth Yoo  -  58.27%

Lighter Moments

 Four dons (Professors at England’s Oxford University) were walking down an Oxford street one evening. All were philologists and members of the English department. They were discussing group nouns: a covey of quail, a pride of lions, an exaltation of larks.

As they talked, they passed four ladies of the evening. The dons did not exactly ignore the hussies—in a literary way, that is. 

One of them asked: “How would you describe a group like that?”

Suggested the first: “A jam of tarts?” 

The second: “A flourish of strumpets?” 

The third: “An essay of trollops?” 

Then the Dean of the dons, the eldest and most scholarly of them all, closed the discussion: “I wish that you gentlemen would consider ‘An anthology of pros.’

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