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The first round of the new competition "Hunter Interclub Swiss Pairs" was held on Real Bridge on Saturday March 26th.  The competition was organised by Peter Clarke who runs the Hunter Region Bridge Association online on Real Bridge.  Charlestown could only muster 2 pairs, Sue McConnell and Cheryl Pletz, and Deanna and John Stuart.  Most of our players seem to prefer face to face Bridge and there is no doubt that some of the online technology can be daunting.

Real Bridge is as close as you can get to face to face bridge, you can see the other 3 players and alerting is the same as at the table with partner responsible. This is assuming the technology is working.  One certainly needs an efficient broadband and modern computer to enjoy the experience.  If the computer or I-Pad is playing up it can be a nightmare.  Unfortunately Sue had some problems with her computer and had to use an I-Pad which was not ideal.  However she was able to battle on (with occasional "undo" requests) and she and Cheryl finished 8th overall and came 2nd in their section (Intermediate).  Deanna and John were not quite as successful, finishing 10th overall out of 20 pairs, and 3rd in Intermediate.  Both pairs acquired some red points.

The clubs represented included Southlakes (6 pairs), Toronto (3), Tomaree (4), Charlestown (2), Maitland (3) and Belmont (1).  One pair was not included in the final results when the technology failed and the director John McIlraith played most of the competition (as well as directing superbly!)

While it is not everyone's cup of tea to spend most of a rainy Sunday in front of a computer screen, those that played enjoyed the experience and are looking forward to the next round.  Thanks to Peter Clarke (the overall winner with Hans Van Weeren for Toronto) for his organisation and John McIlraith for Directing.  Results can be found on the NSWBA website.


John Stuart 29th March 2022





Country Teams Regional Final

The 2021 Country Teams Regional Final was held on Saturday 25th September on Realbridge, sponsored by Newcastle Bridge Club.  The following has been provided by Janice McKay -


On Saturday 25 September, we had a team play in the Regional round of the Country Teams via RealBridge.  Seven x 8 board matches were played with two teams from Tomaree, two teams from Newcastle, two teams from Maitland and one from Charlestown, with a "house" team from Newcastle making up an even number.  Unfortunately, our first qualifying team comprising K Stien, S Dowling, R Lovell and J Carson were unable to play, so the gong went to our second team – J & B McKay, R Shearer and P Scaife.  Peter was also unable to play so Cheryl was the substitute from our third team.  Our team had an enjoyable day (despite some technology problems in the McKay household) and placed 6th with 3 wins and 4 losses.  The winning team was Newcastle 1.

Hunter Interclub

The first round of 2020 Hunter Interclub was held on Sunday 15th March at Rathmines, sponsored by the Toronto Bridge Club.  Charlestown was represented by Judy Hayes, Cheryl Pletz, Jody Swaine and John Stuart.  They managed 3 wins and 3 losses in the 6 nine board matches coming 6th overall out of 20 teams.  The event was somewhat overshadowed by the Coronavirus pandemic, with hygiene precautions heavily emphasized.  The Toronto Bridge club provided an excellent spread of food and Alan Bustany directed the day with his usual aplomb.


John Stuart.