“I have not been completely idle this year. I have been awarded by the Australian Bridge Federation a Certificate naming me a Graduate Master. To achieve this distinction I have amassed two(2) masterpoints at my Bridge Club. It is admittedly, the bottom rung of a tiered series of awards, like those Hindu Monuments , comprising 19 other higher levels. I can reach Bridge Nirvana by further diligence and study. My calculation is that I will become a Gold Grand Master by the year 7009.”
(Sam Ball, 2009)
Sam joined the RACV Bridge Club in 2005-2006 as a social Bridge player. He had a natural love of cards and joined the Monday RACV Bridge group, moving on soon to the Wednesday group. Bridge each week was a highlight for Sam - he was naturally a competitive person, but recognised that Bridge was a card game. He enjoyed not just the game of Bridge, but the company of other players. in particular his principal partner, Harry Chittleborough.
Sam joined the Club Committee as Treasurer, and introduced the inaugural Club newsletter. The newsletter shared information about the Bridge Club members; Bridge jokes; tips from Jenny Lord and Blaine Howe, the then Directors; the hand of the month; and news of past and upcoming events. Sam, always keen to play with words, had another opportunity to pursue his interest.
On the morning of 9 December 2009 Sam arrived at the RACV Club for the Christmas Bridge game and lunch, but did not get any further than the car park. I know he would have preferred not to have missed his game of Bridge and lunch. Sam’s family will always be indebted to those at the RAVC Club who did so much to help him on that day and for the friendship he had with those in the RACV Bridge Club.
(Marita MacMahon Ball, 2016)
Rules for Award :
The Sam Ball Memorial Bridge Club Award will be made to a Member of the RACV Bridge Club who shows excellence in attitude to the Bridge Club and its Members. The recipient is selected in consultation with the Bridge Club President and/or Committee, RACV Club Bridge Representative and the Director of the Bridge Club.
The recipient must :
· Be a member of the RACV Club and the RACV Bridge Club
· Be a regular player at the Club
· Respect all players at the Club
· Understand and implements good bridge etiquette at the table and enjoy friendly competition
· Be involved in the Bridge Club and its events
· Is dedicated to assisting the Bridge Club and the education of its members, on a voluntary basis