Committee Update Jan 2023

Message from the President

Happy New Year everyone and for those who have been travelling, I look forward to seeing you back at the Bridge table soon.

Our F2F numbers are slowly rising, but there is still plenty of room for more players. The calendar of events is under review and we hope to bring back a few of your favourite events that had to be cancelled last year due to COVID.

Our PBC Congress online was a great success and I would like to extend my thanks again to everyone who contributed to the organisation, in particular Margaret East. And thank you to everyone who supported this online event.

We also had fun at our annual Christmas Bridge Party in December. It was a smaller affair than previous years, but everyone that participated enjoyed the party.

Our first Red Point of the year will be held on Australia Day so be sure to check out the details below.

Sandy Boyd

Updates on the Website

View Results and Replay Boards
You may not be aware that there is an option in the game results to review and replay any of the hands played at the club, whether F2F or online. Go to the Club Results page on the website and click on the results link for any game.  You can replay every board by clicking the [Replay and Analyze] button, select the contract you want and then the cards of the player that you can select from will change colour. You can play any card, but the cards shown in green are recommended for best result.

If you want to review your scores for the different boards, click on your names and the Summary per Board is displayed. Click on any board to review what others did and what the possible results were. There is also a link to Replay and Analyze this specific board.

For RealBridge games, if you save the link from the game, you can go back to the RealBridge session any time to review results for each board and to replay boards. For your convenience, the links to the RealBridge games from the past 4 weeks will remain published on the Online Sessions page of the website.

The Masterpoint System

There are 5 categories:
1. Green for beginners in supervised sessions (0.75 weighting).
2. Green for all general sessions (1.5 weighting).
3. Championship green for special named club events (2.0 weighting)
4. Red for special club events and Congresses
5. Gold for special ABF events

Masterpoints are awarded to the top half of the field on a sliding scale. So the more tables there are the higher the number of points awarded to the top players.

The club is charged for these points at approximately $2.00 per point, again slightly different amounts depending on the category.

The number of points you have earned determines your Masterpoint ranking. To reach upper levels (Life Member and above) you need a certain number of red and gold points.

The money raised by the ABF is used for hosting state and national events, paying their directors, overseas teams, national magazine, teaching programs etc.

The USA and UK have a slightly different scheme.

Carlyn Dun


Some memories from Carlyn Dun

Parramatta has hosted many congresses over the years. At one time we hosted 3 in one year. With a new young committee this was quickly reduced to one per year and this has been very successful for more than 20 years.

The month of November was chosen for this event because of historical significance. Hence the name “Foundation Teams”.

Members helped by transporting tables, sets of cards, etc. to the venue. Other members would arrive at 8.00am to help erect tables, chairs, put out rubbish bins etc.

Marienne Vawser always supervised in the kitchen. Members and players would bring plates of sandwiches, cakes, and other food to share. The club urn was retrieved from the mothballs for every event.

Beryl Amphlett and her husband stayed up late the night before to make a couple of hundred pikelets, which, when served with jam and cream, always disappeared even before play began.

The day was finished with saveloys, chicken pieces, sausage rolls, spring rolls, fruit platters, wine, beer and soft drink. We were noted for our friendly games and the best food!!

In addition to the fun day, we usually made a profit of around $1,000.