What a beautiful day, a day where you can truly say it’s great to be alive. When I walked down to the Sandpan this morning early, the trees and the reeds were as still as any lyrical expression you could think of. Not the slightest stirring. Only the slight ripples from fish nibbles close to the surface and, of course, the constant squawking of Sea Gulls and honking of Geese. The level of water in the dam is decreasing day by day, so the coming rains will soon return it to it’s full splendour and new life in all it’s forms.
What about yesterday? There were eight full tables, some really strange hands with distribution straight from bridge fiction, but also the mundane, hands that were contested at the one to two level, providing the lesson to all of us that bridge at this or any higher level is not only about slams, but about accuracy and consistency. If any of us are guilty of complaining about a dearth of good hands, where I am certainly one of those, then we should all realise that better results are obtainable by embracing the fact that good players still get good results at times of point shortages, simply through good defense and competitive bidding, regardless.
That ever consistent pair of Helen and Barbara came out on top yesterday, for the umpteenth time, because of exactly what I wrote in the paragraph above. Then came Diana and Vaun, followed by Lisa and Mary. Well done ladies!
We’re still taking entries for the Club Championship. I finalised the lunch menu with our caterers yesterday, with two choices for lunch including vegetarian, for those who aren’t carnivores. This comment is for you, Devan and Nisha! And, we welcome two new members in the form of Hans and Albert, who will be competing for the title as members for the first time. Only a few weeks away now, so please get your entries in.
A pleasant weekend to all of you.
|Small Slams||Grand Slams|
|1||6||Helen Roberts & Barbara Goldman||217/ 336||64.58||40|
|2||3||Diana Boudewijns & Vaun Robson||200/ 336||59.52||35|
|3||14||Lisa Adamson & Mary Schneier||198/ 336||58.93||30|
|4||4||Bill Wilkie & Roz Whitburn||196/ 336||58.33||25|
|5||9||Jill Brown & Vanessa Woltersdorf||192/ 336||57.14||20|
|6||2||Peter Callaghan & Neels Kloppers||178/ 336||52.98||15|
|7||12||Hans Lombard & Albert Van Lier||177/ 336||52.68||10|
|8||15||Paul van der Wal & Bridie Bullen-Smith||173/ 336||51.49||5|
|9=||8||Margaret O’Neil & Ann Schreiber||167/ 336||49.70|
|9=||13||Roy Hayward & Ian Lowdon||167/ 336||49.70||1|
|11||16||Geoff Ridyard & Pauline Lind||158/ 336||47.02|
|12||5||Jerome Mc Carthy & Priscilla Fuller||153/ 336||45.54|
|13||1||Wendy Jupp & Claire Tulej||144/ 336||42.86|
|14||7||Hanneke Denny & Ursel Hardy||134/ 336||39.88|
|15||11||Tor Meyer & Cathy Saville||131/ 336||38.99|
|16||10||Jennifer Payne & Sandy Madsen||103/ 336||30.65|