Our 2023 Congress took place at the All Seasons Resort's Conservatory over the weekend of 27-28 May. We had 50 entries for the Pairs event and 16 entries for the Teams - slightly up on last year.
Leo Saoud & Bob Geyer from Moonee Valley BC won the Pairs event. Leo and Bob (along with teammates Ben Kingham & Sylvia Gluck) backed that up with a win in the Teams event.
Best Bendigo Pair, in a very creditable 10th place, were Graeme (El Presidente) Hegarty and (a credit to his mother) Scott Jackman. The Best Bendigo Pair under 50 MP prize was taken out by Glenda Burt & Wendy Bodey, and the Encouragement Award for Best Placed pair with less than 10 MP went to Veronica Parker and Tania Angove.
The Best Bendigo Team award was won by Kaye Parker, Yvonne Forrest, Rosemary Monotti & Janet Rogers.
Congratulations to all!
Full results can be found on the Bridge Unlimited website (click on the link in our 'Useful Links' menu, then Results > Victorian Congress Events).
At the invitation of our President, the Mayor of Greater Bendigo, Cr Andrea Metcalf popped in to see for herself how our congress benefits not just the players but also businesses in the Greater Bendigo area.
The congress doesn't just magically happen - many people contribute their talents and energies to bring it all together. Big thanks are due to...
Barb Evans - for venue wrangling, volunteer recruitment and coordination, and for organising the Saturday dinner at the Reservoir Hotel - which proved to be very (almost, too) popular.
Laureen Jinks and Glenis Roberts:- financial affairs, player registration and fee collection (and for filling in for a no-show pair).
David Smith - haulage; and our 'roadies' - David Conley, Eamon Dempsey, et al.
Rosemary Monotti and Janet Rogers - Logistical support
Merlyn Pritchard - Prize wrangling
Seb Wright - Congress Recorder.
Martin Willcox, who directed in his usual inimitable and entertaining style.
The management and staff of All Seasons Resort, for the excellent food and their quietly efficient service.
And to all our members who came along to play. We hope you enjoyed yourselves, regardless of results!