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The clubpremises are also used:

  • Wednesdays 10.00 - 12.00 by Merimbula Home Nursing Service (falls prevention)
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Sorry, we're closed!

During the current NSW stay-at-home pandemic restrictions, there will be no play at our club rooms.

Winter start time

From Saturday 5th June until Saturday 28th August all Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday bridge sessions will commence at 12:30. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before, in order for the director to choose and set up the movement for the day.

Hand of the Week

Here's a hand from the NWP deal for 21 November last, played by us on 19th.

Assuming a 2NT opener and alerted 3 to transfer to 3, followed by 3♠... what contract would you reach?

Does it matter whether which suit you play in, or perhaps NT?

After you work though this, please leave a comment to let us know what you think of this activity 😁

This is a hand to dream about. Double dummy says you can make a lowley 5♣, a happy 6 or a lofty 7♥, 7♠ or stratospheric 7NT. What do you go for?

In our club it was played once each in 6 And 6♠, and 3 times 6NT. 

How much difference does the suit (or NT) make? 6/♠ making 13 tricks scores 1460, and 6NT makes 1470. Not much difference? In match point scoring, the major suit contracts got just 1 of the 8 available match points (12.5%), while the 6NT contracts took 6 (75%).

In NWP it was played 29 times for game (!), 24 times in 6/♠, 49 times 6NT and 16 times for all 13 tricks. 

In NWP, the one pair in 7NTX making 13 tricks was awarded the maximum of 236 MPs. Those making 13 tricks in 6NT were awarded 161 MPs (68%) while those in 6/♠ making 13 were awarded 143 MPs (61%).

And those who stopped in game contracts? Less than 50 MPs (22%).

Go figure 😟 


(18th December 2021)
Congratulations to our 2021 Teams Champions

Our 2021 Teams Championship ran over 30-board two sessions on 11th and 18th November, with four teams in play.

Congratulations to Team 4 of John Bentley, Dorothea Bonney-McCoy, Lewis Seychell, Colin Manley and Margaret Gaunsen took a very close win with 40.75 Victory points.

Well done to runners-up Team 1 of Whalley Robin, Joe Fitzpatrick, Gail McCombie and Bas Bolt. A very close 39.94 VPs, just 0.81 behind!

2021 Club Pairs Championship
2021 Club Pairs Championship



The 2021 Club Pairs Championship was held over two Friday sessions on 22nd and 29th October. Champions are Lewis Seychell and Colin Manley with a combined MP score of 116.67%. 

Runners up are Bas Bolt and Gail McCombie with a score of 108.78%, narrowly heading off Miriam and Peter Dayhew on 108.49% - beaten by just 0.29%!

♠  Congratulations to our winners ♠


THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT our bridge club will open again for bridge at 1:00 p.m. on Monday 20th September, with a couple of provisos:

  1. Masks must be worn during play
  2. You must check in using the QR code posted at both doors. If you can't, ask the director to check you in manually.
  3. The Covid-19 Safety Plan below is to be observed
  4. You need to be fully Covid-19 vaccinated and have shown your certificate.
  5. There is a limit of 7 tables, first-come-first-in unless booked with Lewis 

In the interests of us all, please bear with us until the current level of risk subsides. Your committee continues to keep this situation under review.   

Winter Session Start Times

From Saturday 5th June until Saturday 28th August Monday, Wednesday, Friday And Saturday duplicate sessions will start at 12:30. Please arrive no later than 12:15 so that the director can choose and set up the movement for the day.


Sessions take place on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, starting at 12:30pm (please arrive 15 min prior to the start of play).

Visitors are welcome.

Supervised bridge continues on Tuesdays

Gary's advanced lessons continue on Thursdays at the new start time of 2pm

Members choosing to return will be deemed to be in agreement with the Club's COVID-19 – Safety Plan.  

The safety plan can be viewed by clicking here.

In summary the plan requires:

  1. Numbers are limited only by spaced for bridge tables (in accordance with the 2 square metres per person rule).
  2. Registration to Play is not required, but please be in the club room 15 minutes before start.
  3. Please do not come to the premises if you are unwell.
  4. Declare any recent overseas/interstate travel and contacts.
  5. Hand sanitising is mandatory immediately on entry.
  6. Payment must be placed in container provided. NO CHANGE will be given.
  7. All Protocols (e.g. table cleaning, board handling, scoring) must be followed. Any additional direction will come from the Director or the Authorised person at the Entry point.

Lewis Seychell
Sapphire Coast Bridge Club 

2019 Congress

Our 2019 Congress is being held on Saturday, 6 April and Sunday, 7 April.

The event is being held at the RSL Club, 52-54 Main St, Merimbula NSW.  Ample parking is available.  

The events are:

Swiss Pairs: Saturday 6 April commencing at 12 noon. Cost $80 per pair.

Swiss Teams: Sunday 7 April commencing at 9.30 am. Cost $160 per team.

Register online at the NSWBA site by clicking here. Pay in advance (send cheques to the Club at PO box 588, Merimbula, 2548), or at the door is OK. 

Prizes (including 1st, 2nd, 3rd and restricted) for the Swiss Pairs and Swiss Teams will be presented at the conclusion of Sunday's Swiss Teams event. 

Snacks will be provided at the break on Saturday, and lunch will be provided on Sunday. Coffee and tea is available throughout.

Please contact Lewis Seychell at or on (02) 6495 2605 for assistance or any query regarding the 2019 Congress.

To view or download the brochure, click here.

We look forward to catching up in April.  In the meantime, Happy Bridging.