Committee Update Feb 2022

👸 Message from the President

Hi all

Parramatta Bridge Club will return to Face To Face bridge on Thursday March 3rd and Saturday March 5th.  Our Wednesday night supervised session will continue online until April.  We will no longer run a Monday Burnside session but will continue with Monday and Thursday night online sessions.

We will continue to run some online sessions.  

Our schedule is:

Monday 7:15pm Online 
Wednesday 7:15pm Online until April  From April, F2F at Burnside
Thursday 10:30am F2F at Burnside
Thursday 7:15pm Online
Saturday 1:00pm F2F at Carlingford

We will not be providing tea/coffee/milk/cups.  If you want to BYO, that is fine as long as you clean up any mess that is made.

Covid Safety Requirements 

To keep you safe, and to meet the requirements of NSW Health and Parramatta Bridge Club, you will need to: 

•     Register with the QR Code on arrival in the bridge room

•     Produce evidence of your double vaccination status.  You MUST be double vaccinated.

•     Wear a face mask (except when eating/drinking)

•     Please do NOT attend if you have any symptoms which could be COVID related.  You may be turned away.

We look forward to seeing you!

Parramatta Bridge Club AGM

2022 AGM – Thursday 3rd March

This will take place at 6.30pm before Thursday bridge on 3rd March. A link will be available to members via email prior to the meeting. You do not have to play bridge afterwards but please do try to attend the meeting.

All committee positions will be declared vacant.  Nominations must be in by 17th February.

The agenda and previous minutes are available on our website

If you are interested in a position, please email your intention to a financial club member and they can forward to parramattabridgeclub@gmail.com . This will form the nomination and proposer. We can then look at any extra paperwork that may be required.

Positions include:

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Masterpoint secretary
  • General committee members

Please RSVP (indicate your intention to attend) by email to parramattabridgeclub@gmail.com

Committee Update Dec 2021

👸 Message from the President

The Grand National Novice Pairs Event has been a big success for us. We have 4 pairs in the final on Dec 11:

  • Mary Smal & Jagrutee Parekh
  • Ann Lawrence & Caimein Bowyer
  • Shannon Queree & Sandy Boyd
  • Alex Berdyshevski & Jeff Dun

Congratulations everyone and Good Luck!

Our biggest issue facing us as a club is the availability of directors. Please consider becoming a Director. This is a paid position and you do not have to be an experienced tournament player to learn the laws of the game.

This has been an incredible year that I am sure we would all like to see behind us. But guess what, we survived. I would like to thank everyone for their help. Many thanks to Margaret East and Peter and Carlyn Dun, and of course our committee. Also special thanks to Shannon Queree and Kathy Duke. There is no way I could have made it through the year without everyone’s support. Thank you all!


Christmas Teams: Red Point event – 18 December

On Saturday 18 December at 1pm we will hold a Teams Red Point event.
Entry is FREE for Members and Associate Members. $10 for all other players.
REGISTRATION: Captains, please email the names and ABF numbers of your teams to parramattabridgeclub@gmail.com
***Dress to show your Christmas spirit and win prizes***
Please contact Ted Richards on 9630 6780 if you have any questions

Return to Face-to-Face games

Our first game back F2F will be held at Carlingford on Saturday 8 January starting at 1pm. We will welcome everyone back with a “Teams and Trivia” Red Point event. Prizes for trivia, red points for Bridge. Entry fee: $8 for Members, $10 for visitors.
REGISTRATION: Captains, please email the names and ABF numbers of your teams to parramattabridgeclub@gmail.com

NOTE: All other sessions will remain online until we can make arrangements for a Director.

December Minutes from the Committee Meeting are now available online.

Committee Update Nov 2021

👸 Message from the President
Our Hunt for Red October Events were fairly well supported. We also completed an exercise in collaboration with our affiliate clubs this month. We are trying to align our session lengths, table fees, provision of tea and coffee, and most importantly, the reciprocal paying arrangements and associated fees. The results are being tabled at the committee meeting and will be available soon after.
Our most urgent need right now is to find people who are willing to be trained as directors and do the job. Please email me if you are interested.


Online Bridge
Our trial of two sessions on Wednesday nights has not received as much participation as we had hoped. The club has returned to one SUPERVISED session at 7:15pm on Wednesdays. If you have more than 30MPs you can join us, but preferably partnering a less experienced player. We now have a Thursday night OPEN session at 7:15pm for all players.
Click here for more information and to join the fun: Online Sessions
And please deposit monthly payments into our account for your games to reduce the bank transactions our Treasurer has to manage:
BSB: 484 799
Acc No: 561239260

📣 Go for Gold!” Grand National Novice Pairs

*** Don’t miss this rare opportunity to earn Gold Points in a Novice field ***
On Wednesday 17 November at 7:15pm we will hold a qualifying game for the GNNP. This is only open to NOVICE players (less than 100MPs as at 30 June 2021) and will earn you Red Points.
Entry Fee: $10 per person, but dress to the Go for Gold! theme and you can win your entry fee back, or another fun prize.
For more information and key dates please check our Events page.

REGISTRATION: Please email Sandy Boyd to register your pair. 

Tournaments & Teams Events

The Parramatta Congress has been cancelled due to a National Gold tournament running at the same time.

The committee has decided to run our Christmas Party on Saturday 18th December as a Teams event on RealBridge. More details will be published soon.

Re-Opening Survey Results

We had 58 responses to our re-opening survey and 72% would like to return to F2F in January with a number of players requesting that we continue to offer online games.
There were no objections to the COVID regulations that we may need to comply with.
The Committee has decided that tea/coffee/catering will not be provided when we first return F2F.
All responses can be reviewed online: Survey Responses.

November Minutes from the Committee Meeting are now available online.

Committee Update Oct 2021

👸Message from the President
September was a great month for us on RealBridge with 20 more tables playing than last month. Great to see so many players trying online Bridge. The Committee has decided that we will not be returning to Face to Face Bridge until January. We will be sending out a survey soon regarding re-opening. Please have your say and join us online until then.

Lockdown Bridge
We have split our Wednesday night Bridge sessions into an OPEN field and a SUPERVISED field as a trial for the month of October. The club is now running 5 sessions online every week.
Click here for more information and to join the fun: Lockdown Sessions
(Remember that our bank account has changed – BSB: 484 799 Acc No: 561239260)

📣 Join the “Hunt for Red October”

The Red Points events are underway with 2 remaining sessions at our regular online games on the following days in October:

  • Saturday 16th October
  • Thursday 28th October

Links to the games will be published on the website Lockdown Sessions page.
If you need a partner, please contact Sandy Boyd.

Additional Red Point events are planned for the following dates (also via RealBridge):

  • Melbourne Cup: Monday 8th November
  • Christmas Party: Saturday 18th December

 🏆 Tournaments & Teams Events

  • A big thank you to all players and to Eric Lam and Peter Dun for helping to make our first online Teams event such a success.
  • The Parramatta Congress is scheduled for Sunday 5th December. The committee has decided to run this as a Teams event on RealBridge. Full details will be published soon.

October Minutes from the Committee Meeting are now available online.

Committee update Sept 2021

👸Message from the President
COVID-19 has given all of us many challenges and has had a big impact on the club. I am really pleased to see so many members playing with us online – this is one way to stay connected and have some fun.

🔒Lockdown Bridge
Welcome to the “new” and improved Bridge experience during lockdown:
RealBridge is the next best thing to being at the club… you can see and talk to your partner and your opponents.
In these challenging times it is more important than ever to keep ourselves busy and our minds engaged. The club is running 4 sessions online every week.
Click here for more information and to join the fun: Lockdown Sessions
(Remember that our bank account has changed – BSB: 484 799 Acc No: 561239260)

📣 Join the “Hunt for Red October”

The Committee has decided to offer Red Points at our regular online sessions on the following days in October:

  • Monday 4th October (Labour Day)
  • Saturday 16th October
  • Thursday 28th October

Links to the games will be published on the website Lockdown Sessions page.
If you need a partner please contact Sandy Boyd.

Additional Red Point events are planned for the following dates (currently via RealBridge, COVID situation will determine):

  • Melbourne Cup: Monday 8th November
  • Christmas Party: Saturday 18th December


🧾 Master Point Secretary – Volunteers Required

The committee is seeking a Master Point Secretary. Please email Sandy Boyd if you are interested in helping with this role.

🏆 Tournaments & Teams Events

  • For those of you that would like to participate in tournaments, Eric & Peter are organising a Teams event on RealBridge on Saturday 25th September at our usual time of 1pm. Get your team together and we will send registration information out shortly.
  • The Parramatta Congress is scheduled for Sunday 5th December. The committee is working out arrangements and will communicate further details next month.
  • You can find more details of other online tournaments through the NSWBA Calendar via our Events page.

September Minutes from the Committee Meeting are now available online.

Stay safe and play Bridge!

Virus-free. www.avg.com

Committee update July 2021


Just when we thought it was safe to “come out and play…” COVID-19 strikes again. So, we are back to online Bridge sessions, at least to the end of July.

We hope that all our members and family stay safe during this time.

Online play

Give RealBridge a try – you can see and speak to your Bridge friends while enjoying a few hands.

For details and links for sessions please see: Lockdown Session Info

If you need a partner for any session, please contact Sandy Boyd

Committee business
Minutes from the June Meeting

Lockdown Update

RealBridge Sessions – we welcome all to our lockdown games, please read info on payment and etiquette so everyone can enjoy the sessions.

Bridge Trivia Night POSTPONED

Thanks to the COVID lockdown we have decided to postpone the Bridge Trivia Night (was planned for 7 July)

Once we return to face-to-face bridge the Committee will agree to a suitable future date.

I guess we are going to have to keep dreaming about travel and Bridge cruising…

Committee update June 2021

Our fabulous club is slowly returning to ‘normal’ despite the challenges that COVID continues to throw at us. Thank you for your ongoing support in following the COVID rules of the Committee and supporting our goal to keep playing face-to-face while keeping our players safe.

If you want to keep our club growing and moving forwards, you can help in the following ways: 

  1. Come and PLAY!!!  (click link for session information)
    We are open for business – no bookings required
  2. Join in the fun!!!
    Bridge & Trivia night – missing travel? Come and play Bridge, answer trivia questions and win prizes at our inaugural Bridge Cruise Trivia Night (at Burnside on Wed 7th July). Trivia teams that sign up beforehand will get a discount on the table fees ($30 per table of 4 or $10pp on the night) NOTE: This is not a Bridge Teams event – the teams are for Trivia only. Sign up at any session at Burnside or email us
  3. Promote our Club and Bridge lessons
    The Committee is now offering all members an incentive. For every person that you refer for Beginner lessons and then joins as a HOME club member, you will be given 2 FREE GAME TICKETS
    Next round of Beginner lessons start in July: Beginner Classes
  4. Help keep our Club Members improving
    Experienced players – please volunteer to play with one of our Beginners and mentor them through the “shark-infested” waters of competitive Bridge. Just one Wednesday night of your time a month at Burnside will make a BIG difference to the growth of our new players. And it is a great social night out – we all have a lot of fun, while practising our Bridge skills
  5. Directors are still needed
    If you are interested in becoming a club director please talk to us about this exciting, paid role at the club!

📎 Upcoming Events: Club pairs – taking place on Saturday July 10th & 17th at Carlingford Court

💰 Table money – REMINDER: from 1st July table fees will increase for Under 65s to $7 and Visitors to $10. Senior rate will remain the same at $5. Get your Prepaid money card at any session and get 10 games at the current rate (no expiry date on the card).

👥 We still have a number of members who have not returned to the F2F bridge sessions.  We are always keen to get updates.  The latest update we received is that John Kerin and his wife have moved to Launceston.

Minutes for May – now published on the website for your review.

If you have any suggestions for the Committee to consider, please email us.

Enjoy your Bridge!

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Sorry, forgot to post the May update……

What a great month of Bridge for all of us. We are so happy to see many people returning to our face to face sessions.

👏 Congratulations to State Mixed Pair Qualifier winners – Shijun Tian & Judy Zhu, and to Henk Sluyter and & Adele Anderson who came second. Henk also won the Pennant Hills qualifier (with a different partner). Great effort! As Judy will be attending the finals representing Pennant Hills Bridge Club, Annette Marshall and Firdous Zulfiqar have accepted the opportunity to represent the Parramatta Bridge Club on 29 May. We wish them all the best for this tournament. 

Teams of 3 – was a successful tournament for our beginners with 8 teams taking part. Thank you again to our 8 captains who managed to play with each of their team members and had to score manually for the event.
📣 A shout out to Margaret East and Annette Ashmore for helping with organising and dealing boards and to Geoff Henson and Barry Peters for helping to set up all of the tables.

💰 Table money – REMINDER: from 1st July table fees will increase for U65s to $7 and Visitors to $10. Senior rate will remain the same at $5. Get your Prepaid money card at any session and get 10 games at the current rate (no expiry date on the card).

 🎓 Directors needed – if you are interested in becoming a club director or just want to know more about the laws of the game there is a course on 5 June. Talk to us about this exciting, paid role at the club!

🗃 GNOT – This is the only tournament we hold (outside of our congress) where teams can earn GOLD masterpoints. So get your teams of 4 together now and register for the sessions running on Saturday 19 and 26 June at Carlingford Court.

👸 Queens Birthday Red Point – Monday 14 June at 1pm at Burnside. No registration necessary but you must arrange a partner beforehand please.

Minutes for April – now published on the website for your review.

Committee updates

A month back into physical bridge and the new committee is getting the hang of things……

Teams of 3 – postponed by 2 weeks to Wed 19 & 26 May. If you are interested in joining a team or being a captain please email Kathy

Table money – from 1st July table fees will increase for U65 to $7 and visitors $10. Senior rate will remain the same at $5.

Directors needed – if you are interested in becoming a club director or just want to know more about the laws of the game there is a course on 5 June. Talk to us about this exciting role at the club!

Prepaid money cards – coming in May. Stop looking behind the cushions for the right money for your next bridge fix 😊

Minutes for March  Please note – the minutes refer to BBO online sessions which have since been replaced with RealBridge sessions on Monday nights at 7:15 PM.