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Presentation to the GAA

Outgoing President Liz presents a contribution to Jackie in the GAA on behalf of Ashbourne Bridge Club.

Our Club is very grateful to the Ashbourne/Donnaghmore GAA for their support over the years.

National & Regional Fixtures 2022-2023 UPDATED

National Regional Fixtures 2022-2023 UPDATED

DONEGAL BRIDGE CONGRESS 2022
DONEGAL BRIDGE CONGRESS 2022

DONEGAL BRIDGE CONGRESS NOVEMBER 2022 LINK - Donegal Bridge Congress Nov 2022

Drogheda & District Bridge Congress Oct 2022
Drogheda & District Bridge Congress Oct 2022

DROGHEDA AND DISTRICT BRIDGE CONGRESS OCTOBER 2022

Drogheda Congress 2022.docx

ABC ETTIQUETTE - please read
ABC ETTIQUETTE - please read

Members are kindly requested to (re)familiarise themselves with Club Ettiquette. Thank you.

Link to document: Update document on ettiquette

Website update ...

.. photos and news from our last season can be found under either the

Competitions tab or News tab

CBAI PLAY & DISCUSS

Following the huge success of the CBAI Play & Discuss competitions and seminars, we have been asked to continue with four ten-week tournaments in the mornings and two evening tournaments at a special price of just €150.

These are live National Bridge Competitions that are a good way of supporting the CBAI and qualify for Master Points. Every session is immediately followed by talks given by our expert Bridge teachers led by Thomas Mac Cormac and Rory Egan, to discuss the hands played. The competitions will be on BBO and consist of 16 boards.

Grand Master Bridge are very kindly offering anyone who signs up this year a Free Sunday Seminar hosted by Rory and Thomas  and featuring their guest expert, the very popular Grand Master of Grand Masters, Mr BJ O'Brien himself! The seminar will be on ‘Hand Valuation’ and is on Sunday the 2nd of October.

Grand Master Bridge will make recordings of the discussion and the play of the hands to be made available to you after each competition. We will also send you copies of each hand, and a set of Grand Master Bridge notes, to you after the game in PDF form.

The cost is €150 for the 10-week programme of seminars and competitions. If you cannot make a particular competition on any given day every effort will be made to allow you play on another day of the week. Partners will also be found for those who require them.

Just click on the link under the level or time you would like to join:

Monday Mornings - CBAI Play & Discuss – Intermediate A - 10am to 1pm - Start September 19th 2022


Wednesday Mornings - CBAI Play & Discuss – Open to all - 9.30am to 12.30pm - Start September 21st 2022

 Thursday Mornings - CBAI Play & Discuss - All Intermediate - 9.30am to 12.30pm –Start September 22nd 2022

Friday Mornings - CBAI Play & Discuss - Intermediate and Novice - 9.30am to 12.30pm - Start September 23rd 2022

Tuesday Evenings - CBAI Play & Discuss – Intermediate - 7.30pm to 10.30pm - Start September 20th 2022

 Thursday Evenings - CBAI Play & Discuss – Open to All - 7.30pm to 10.30pm - Start September 22nd 2022
Grand Master Bridge is extending this offer to anyone who signs up for their Online Lessons as follows:
Online Zoom Bridge Lessons
Monday Morning - Improve my Cardplay - 9.30am to 11.30am - Start September 19th 2022

Tuesday Morning - Improve my Bridge - 9.30am to 11.30am - Start September 20th 2022

Tuesday Morning - Beginners Online Lessons - 9.30am to 11.30am - Start September 20th 2022

Monday Evening - Improvers - 7.30pm to 9.30pm - Start September 19th 2022

Wednesday Evening - The Next Step - 7.30pm to 9.30pm - Start September 21st 2022
Thursday Evening - Improvers Plus - 7.30pm to 9.30pm - Start September 22nd 2022

 Thursday Evening - Improve my Bridge - 7.30pm to 9.30pm - Start September 22nd 2022

The Special Offer also extends to their Live Face to Face Lessons in Kilmacud Crokes Clubhouse, Stillorgan

Monday Afternoon - Thomas's F2F - Novice Improvers - €180 - 2pm to 4pm - Start September 19th 2022

Wednesday Early Afternoon - Thomas's F2F - The Next Step - €180 - 1.30pm to 3.30pm - Start September 21st 2022

 Thursday Late Afternoon - Thomas's F2F - The Next Step - €180 - 4.15pm to 6.15pm - Start September 23rd 2022

  Dermot O'Brien - Chief Executive CBAI

Local Club Rules
Points notified for the AGM

Members must notify any points they intend to raise at an AGM in advance to the Committee.  This allows the Committee to be prepared for the AGM to save time. It also ensures that those Members who have the courtesy to notify their points are actually allowed time to raise them. The meeting should not exceed half an hour.

Sitting position requests

Members may request to stay seated during play for health reasons. Please remember to advise the TD on the night.

Canvassing in the Club Room

Members are reminded that neither raffle selling nor canvassing are permitted in the Club by Members.  Members wishing to bring attention to raffle tickets may put a notice onto the notice board or approach Members outside the Club Room. Members who are new and not familiar with Club policies are advised to approach a Member of the Committee for clarification. 

 

Christmas Party - non-members

Members are reminded of the policy, decided at a Committee Meeting, that husbands and wives (or partners) of Members are welcome to join the  Christmas Party each December. The cost will be the full price of the meal & drink (unsubsidised by the Club).

Novices Rule

Novices do not play North/South in their first year (twelve months from first attendance) in the Club.

It has been agreed that Novices have enough pressure on them, playing in a Club environment and learning Bridge. Therefore, when sitting with first year Novices, the experienced Players will take the North/South position. The Club Rule, whereby cards are cut for table position, does not apply to first year Novices. The Committee would like to thank Members for their support on this rule.

COMPETITION PRIZE MONEY UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 2022

Record of Ashbourne Bridge Club Competitions - handicap / prize money

This document was updated on the 13th January 2020 following a Committee decision that all club draws will be open draws and the results will have the players handicaps applied.

This document was further updated  on the 23rd August 2022 following a Committee decision that in the event of table numbers remaining low (as a consequence of the Covid pandemic) the Prize money to be paid out from September to May would be adjusted as set out in the table below.

ASHBOURNE PAIRS CUP (October)

Prize = 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th prizes (€60, €50, €40 and €30 = €180 total)

Table money = €5

Handicap = YES

JOE BROWN MEMORIAL CUP (December)

Paid TD with pre-dealt boards

Prize = dependent on number of participants

Table money = €15

Handicap = NO

BOBBETT CUP (January)

Prize = 1st , 2nd, 3rd,  4th and 5th prizes (€60, €50, €40, €30 and €20 = €200 total)

Table money = €5

Handicap = YES

PRESIDENT'S PRIZE (March)

Paid TD

Prize = a physical prize for the winner, with the balance of money (total €200) also being given to the winner.   2nd €100; 3rd €75; 4th €60; 5th €50; 6th €40 and 7th €30. There are two session prizes of €25 (total over two nights €100). The total prize money for President's prize (over 2 nights) is approx. €655. 

Table money =  €10 on first night.

Handicap = YES

Note: no member can win 2 prizes. If you win a prize in the final President's ranking and win a session prize, you only get the President's ranking prize. (This has higher monetary value).

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Prize announced at AGM in May = €50

Charity Night

Prize = Best gross N/S and E/W with 1st €10, 2nd €8 and 3rd €7 (normal Club Bridge prizes)

Table money =  €10

Handicap = NO

Turkey Draw

Prize = No best gross. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th prizes (€60, €50, €40, €30 and €20 = €200 total)

Table money =  €5

Handicap – YES

Club Bridge- See Table below.

Prize = Best gross N/S and E/W with 1st €10, 2nd €8 and 3rd €7

Table money = €5

Handicap = YES

13 ½ table is one section / 14+ is two sections

Summer Bridge

Prize = No best gross.  N/S and E/W with 1st €10, 2nd €8 and 3rd €7

Table money = €5

Handicap = NO 

At the Committee meeting on the 23rd the August 2022 the Committee agreed that the club give the following prizes in ordinary club nights from September to May:

No: of Tables

Prizes

Income

Expenditure

Up to 9 tables

Gross N/S & E/W €5 each

& 1st N/S & E/W €5 each

Total €40

Minimum 5 tables

20x€5 =€100

Room Rent €50

Table set up €10

Prize Money €40

Excess Nil

10 to 12 tables

Gross N/S & E/W €10 each

& 1st N/S & E/W €10 each

& 2nd N/S & E/W €8 each

Total €112

10 tables

40x€5=€200

Room Rent €50

Table set up €10

Prize Money €112

Excess €28

13 plus tables

Gross N/S & E/W €10 each

& 1st N/S & E/W €10 each

& 2nd N/S & E/W €8 each

& 3rd N/S & E/W €7 each

Total €140

13 tables

52x€5=€260

Room Rent €50

Table set up €10

Prize Money €140

Excess €60

CLUB DRAWS

Club Draws: The Committee discussed and agreed (13/01/2020) that  all draws in Ashbourne Bridge Club will be “open draws” and that the results will be handicapped.  The Committee also agreed that if Novice Players preferred not to take part in the draw they could play with their regular partner but they would not be eligible to win 1st prize in the competition. 

 

Visitors on Club Nights

Members are reminded that they are allowed two visitors per year on Club Nights.  Visitors can play on four nights per year on Club Nights. This excludes Summer Bridge from May to August which is open to visitors.

Club Property

Club property: prior written permission from the Secretary is required in order to borrow Club property.  Insurance is a serious issue here so each request will be dealt with on its own merit.

Members should also notify the Committee if they are aware of this rule being broken.