Committee Update September 2022

Message from the President

As a committee, we ask that everyone be understanding.  Over the past 2½  years, we have not only dealt with COVID and the on again/off again rules and disruptions for face to face bridge, we have also managed the following:

  • Implemented a new website (driven by Shannon Queree)
  • Implemented RealBridge online (driven by Peter Dun)
  • Implemented payment process for RealBridge (by Shannon Queree)
  • Implemented the prepaid games card system (by Shannon Queree)
  • Reintroduced face to face lessons (by Shannon Queree)

We all tend to forget how much time and effort goes into change.  As a committee, we have tried to bring about changes as seamlessly as possible.  I thank the Committee for their efforts and ask for your patience as we move forward.

Our F2F numbers are slowly rising.  Saturday Sept 6 we had 6 full tables.  We would love to see more members return to F2F.  We are supplying tea and coffee again (BYO cup) and the coffee shop is open.  Hope to see you soon!

Online bridge continues to attract more players than F2F.  The biggest challenge for us as a club is how do we get people to return to F2F?  Clubs around the country are suffering the same issue. 

There are 4 Saturdays per year at Burnside that have been booked by another organisation.  Note that the parking sign at Burnside has been changed to a 1 hour limit.  The Council rent the facility so are following up with the owner.  This may turn out to be an issue, but we will advise on any updates.

We have 3 teams entered in the National Online Teams event. Our teams did well in the 1st round.  Next round is in October.  Unfortunately, the ABF event has not been well attended. 

Upcoming Club Events

RED POINT: Labour Day Monday 3 October at 7.15pm on RealBridge

RED POINT: Parramatta Foundation Teams Congress Sunday 6 November on RealBridge
CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

PBC Christmas party – Saturday 3 December, Burnside Community Centre
*** FREE GAME FOR MEMBERS ***

Latest Committee Minutes: September 2022

The Masterpoint System

For those of you that do not understand how the Masterpoint system works, Carlyn Dun has provided a summary.

There are 5 categories:
1. Blue for beginners in supervised sessions.
2. Green for all general sessions
3. Championship green for special named club events
4a. Red for special club events
4b. Red congress for 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 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.

SOUTH PACIFIC BRIDGE CRUISE

9th – 29th OCTOBER 2022

Hawaii to Sydney on Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas 

Kathy Duke will be hosting the onboard Bridge games and conducting Bridge lessons every sea day of the cruise.

ALL LEVELS of players are welcome to join in the fun. Green Masterpoints will be offered for all duplicate sessions.

In between your Bridge days, you can visit some of the most beautiful islands in the South Pacific, including Tahiti.

It’s a last-minute placement, but that means there are some great deals on cabin prices, starting from AUD $2,148pp.

Want to know more? 

Download the poster: Ovation Oct 2022

Visit Kathy’s website: https://kathyduke.com.au/ovation-oct2022

ABF Knockout Teams Competition

We have one team position still available to enter – the Open Team. To participate, all players must be home members of the club.

The first round will be played on Tuesday 6 Sept 2022 commencing at 7.30pm on RealBridge. Subsequent games for teams not knocked out will be on the first Tuesday of each month with the final on Tuesday 6 Dec 2022. Gold Master points awarded.

If you would like to participate please contact Sandy Boyd or email parramattabridgeclub@gmail.com

The committee would like to wish the following teams that have now registered for the tournament the very best of luck in this competition:

UNDER 50MPS
BruceCroker71198539.46
IanCaddy107918211.8
MartinLetherbarrow100273210
JagruteeParekh89953437.01
UNDER 100MPS
AlexBerdyshevski81172650.71
GlenChick11527423.17
SandyBoyd6813685.19
ShannonQueree26343586.18
UNDER 750MPS
CarlynDun180505331.7
PeterDun180491305.71
MargaretEast492469494.78
CoralWilliamson596825326.42

PARRAMATTA BRIDGE CLUB CONGRESSES

Some memories from Carlyn Dunn

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.

2022 Congress

As a committee, we have agonised over what to do about this year’s Congress.

We have looked at what is happening across the country with Congresses.  Many clubs have chosen to cancel for the year, some have been face to face, and some have played online.  Most congresses are getting numbers that are 50% or more lower than pre-COVID years. But the attendance is higher for online events.

As a result, we have decided to have an online Congress this year.  It will be with RealBridge on November 6th It is a TEAMS EVENT.

So save the date for now. More details will follow over the next 2 weeks.

Sandy Boyd
President

Committee Update Aug 2022

Message from the President

We have a few members who are currently recovering from COVID. Our best wishes go out to you all.

Our F2F numbers are slowly rising. We would love to see more members return to F2F at Burnside. We are supplying tea and coffee again (BYO cup) and the coffee shop is open. Hope to see you soon!!!!!

Thanks
Sandy Boyd

NOTE: We are changing the way we communicate with our members due to multiple complaints about messages not being received. From now onwards, email updates will not be sent directly to our members. Broadcasts will be published in the website Latest News section and those of you that have signed up to receive updates will be notified of the post via email. Others can review the Latest News at any stage to see what communications have gone to our Members.

If you want to receive notifications of new posts via email as well, please go to the Home Page of our website, scroll down to the section that looks like the below image, enter your email address and click [Follow]:

Message from the Vice President

Dear Members

Over the past two plus years Bridge Clubs have provided opportunities to keep club members entertained through online bridge.  However, many members are not equipped to take part in online sessions.

I want to congratulate Parramatta Bridge Club president Sandy Boyd and the committee who have worked so hard to ensure we provide  the options of online and face to face (F2F) bridge.

As F2F has been back in operation, it has been disappointing to see the same few faces supporting our Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday F2F sessions.  Thank you to those members who have participated regularly.

I know the weather has been terrible and the dreaded COVID rampant, but I know those of us who have braved these conditions have enjoyed meeting up and enjoyed the benefits of social interaction.

So….as we are hopefully nearing the end of these miserable weather weeks, consider putting on your going out clothes and join us :

  • Wednesday 7:15 PM at Burnside
  • Thursday   10:30 AM at Burnside
  • Saturday   10:30 AM at Burnside

Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided.  Masks are optional and sanitiser is provided at every table. The coffee shop is open and there are no parking fees.

Come along and enjoy the benefits of F2F bridge!

Yours in anticipation,
Annette (Anne) Ashmore

ABF Knockout Teams Competition

The Australian Bridge (ABF) has announced Australia wide for a new knockout team competition on Real Bridge.

To participate, Parramatta Bridge Club can send one team per category and all players must be home members of the club.

The first round will be played on Tuesday 6 Sept 2022 commencing at 7.30pm Subsequent games for teams not knocked out will be on the first Tuesday of each month with the final on Tuesday 6 Dec 2022. Gold Master points awarded.

The committee would like to wish the following teams that have now registered for the tournament the very best of luck in this competition:

UNDER 50MPS
BruceCroker71198539.46
IanCaddy107918211.8
MartinLetherbarrow100273210
JagruteeParekh89953437.01
UNDER 100MPS
AlexBerdyshevski81172650.71
GlenChick11527423.17
SandyBoyd6813685.19
ShannonQueree26343586.18
UNDER 750MPS
CarlynDun180505331.7
PeterDun180491305.71
MargaretEast492469494.78
CoralWilliamson596825326.42

PBC Christmas Party

A reminder to save the date. Our Christmas party will be held at Burnside on Saturday 3 December 2022.

Latest Committee Minutes: July 2022

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.