St Francis Bay Bridge Club News
Friday, 2 December, was a bumper day in the life of the St Francis Bay Bridge Club when they held their Annual General Meeting, a mammoth competition with 80 competitors, prize-giving, and a delicious Christmas lunch at the Links.
Geoff Ellis, President of the Club, expressed very sincere thanks to the Links management and their staff and mentioned that the Bridge Club could not function at current levels without the wonderful facilities provided at the clubhouse. He also mentioned in his AGM report that the Bridge Club had grown from strength to strength and had had its best year ever in terms of attendance (and income) at the three weekly club competitions.
The club had hosted two major tournaments as well as participating in the annual inter-town competition against Jeffreys Bay and also sent teams to participate in other towns in the Eastern Cape.
The Club Team Championship took place in March and winners were Judy Beck, Theonie Kirton, Wendy Rosser and Ginty Tagg. The leading couple in the WWSims competition held in June was Maureen Sands and Gabrielle Lonsdale.
Winner of the weekly Monday session was Judith O’Hara and the Friday session was Una Moolman of Jeffreys Bay. Players from Jeffreys Bay are also members of the club and regularly come to St Francis Bay to play bridge.
Judith O’Hara was thanked for organising and running a Tournament Directors’ Course as well as organising a transitional session with Maureen Sands for new players to introduce them to a competition format. Maureen Sands was also thanked for her teaching of bridge to so many beginners, most of whom joined the club at the conclusion of their course. She has also run refresher courses for experienced players. Eileen Ellis was thanked for assisting Judith at the main tournament as well as for producing the teas for which the club is now famous.
Names for the new 2017 committee were announced as follows: Geoff Ellis (President), John Boonzaier (Vice-President), Melanie Heinaman (Secretary), Jane Fitchet (Treasurer), and members Roger Lea, Jenny Schulze, and Rose Bruins.
Geoff thanked those who were stepping down from the committee: Theonie Kirton who had been treasurer for the past three years, Ronnie Bridge on the refreshment side, and Judy Beck. Judy had served as President, Vice-President, and Secretary. She had introduced Electronic Bridgemates for scoring, inaugurated the annual tournament, initiated entry into the WWSims competition, organised digital scoring in tournaments as well as a wonderful filing system.
After the formalities of the AGM were over, everyone settled down to some serious bridge followed, at lunchtime, by an excellent meal provided by The Links.
North/South Winners on the day were Charles and Avril Laird and East/West Winners were John Boonzaier and Darryl Hendricks.
Article and photographs – Yvonne Bosman
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St Francis has an extremely active Bridge playing community and the St Francis Bridge Club hold competitions every Monday, Thursday (Men only) and Friday
Friday Pairs – Entry by 8.30am – play starts asap after 8.30am at St Francis Links
You need to come with a partner. If you need a partner please contact Melanie Heinamann 042 294 0101 or 083 700 3030 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday Pairs (Men) – Entry by 1.30pm – in the Heritage Centre
Entry by arrangement only – Contact Geoff Ellis 0422941279 if you are available to play – partners are drawn
VISITORS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME!
Full details can be found on the St Francis Bridge Club’s Website
Results – Monday – 28th November
ROGER LEA/VIRGINIA BROOKS
AVRIL LAIRD/MARGO MCGREGOR
EILEEN & GEOFF ELLIS
SHELLY OWEN/SHARON NOBLE
KEITH ANDERSON/MIKE STARK
JEAN FYNN/SANDIE CAMPBELL
Thursday – Pairs (Men)
Results – Men Thursday 1st December
JOHN FALCONER/MIKE BRIDGE
ROGER LEA/ROLLY MARSH
KEITH ANDERSON/JOHN ROUX
Results – Friday – 2nd November
AVRIL & CHARLES LAIRD
ANNETJIE & DANIE MALAN
DI LE ROUX/LINDY PAGDEN
DARRY HENDRICKS/JOHN BOONZAAIER
JUDITH O’HARA/JANET FORGAN
YVONNE & PETER BOSMAN
CHARITY DAY FOR NSRI
UNA MOOLMAN/JILL BROWNING – SFB
YVONNE FREUND/MIKE WOODIN – PE
DI KLETTE/CAROL ROSS – PLETT
MARION HAYES/MAUREEN SANDS – SFB
DARRYL HENDRICKS/JOHN BOONZAAIR -SFB
ELSABE & PATRICK VERNER – PRETORIA
JILL & ROLLY MARSH – SFB
MIKE LOWE/BOBBIE WALLIS – PE
PRU GILLESPIE/BARBARA BARKER – PE
JUDITH O’HARA/JANET FORGAN – SFB
WENDY MACKENZIE/LIZ HORNE – SFB
WENDY ROSSER/ROBYN MYBURG – SFB
YVONNE & PETER BOSMAN – SFB
GINTY TAGG/THEONIE KIRTON – SFB
Waterproof binocular and R5000 donation to NSRI by St Francis Bridge players
Last Friday the St Francis Bay Bridge Club invited local National Sea Rescue Institute Station 21 representatives Station Commander Sara Smith and her Deputy Station Commander, Stuart Obray, to their Friday competition, to present them with a donation raised from their annual Charity Bridge Day Tournament.
Geoff Ellis, President of the bridge club, explained how Dinks Liebenberg, the founder of the SFB Bridge Club, had started some 20 years ago, an annual fund raising bridge competition in aid of the NSRI in appreciation for all they do in the area. This bridge tournament has been continued each year since then, has grown in popularity, and is attended by bridge players from far afield in both the Eastern and Western Cape.
All bridge club members donate prizes so everyone who plays in the tournament goes home with a prize, either from winning or from a lucky draw. In addition, Carol Boonzaier organised a raffle which raised R855. The lucky winner was her husband and committee member, John Boonzaier, who promptly donated his prize to the NSRI. Jeff Clause of the St Francis Links generously offered 18 holes for a four-ball, including golf carts, which was auctioned and raised R1700.
Geoff went on to describe how the bridge club committee this year, decided to ascertain what equipment was needed rather than make a straight forward monetary donation. This idea was well received and the NSRI came up with the idea of waterproof binoculars. Bushnell came to the party here donated a pair of their waterproof binoculars. Commercial Marine gave a special price on another pair so these, and R5000, were presented to Sara and Stuart.
Sara in thanking the Bridge Club said she was blown away by the generosity of the club and assured those present that the equipment would be put to good use, both in the regular weekly training and during operations. Stuart, who is a Coxswain, explained how difficult it was to look for a speck in the ocean when on rescue missions, and how valuable this equipment would be.
Station 21 is one of the busiest stations on the coast and a week ago their boat had come back from having a mini refit and during that first week back they had already carried out two operations, one of them for a serious heart attack patient on a chokka boat. They had to do a 50 nautical mile round trip to near Huisklip to collect the patient, and treat him en route back to the base where he was collected by ambulance. The NSRI is run completely by volunteers and funded by donations from the public.
Sara used this opportunity to mention that the station is desperately in need of volunteers to work on shore, doing radio work, liaison with ambulance services etc. Please contact the local NSRI Station if you can help – Sara on 082 896 5579 or the NSRI number 082 990 5969.
St Francis Bay Bridge Tournament at The Links
There was an excited air of anticipation when one hundred and twelve competitors walked into a beautifully prepared St Francis Links Conference Centre to compete in the annual St Francis Bay Bridge Tournament which was held from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 May 2016.
Teams from Cape Town, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Jeffreys Bay, Port Elizabeth, Cradock, Bedford, and Port Alfred joined local bridge players in what has become one of the biggest and most popular tournaments in the Eastern Cape. Several teams had to be turned away when it became fully subscribed.
Joy Faulkner from Port Alfred said: “The organisation was fantastic, slick, and professional. With the wonderful new dealing machine, and new electronic scoring system and the perfect venue, everything went smoothly.” These sentiments were expressed by all the participants who were asked to comment. Attention to detail was phenomenal.
The success of this tournament can also be attributed to the Links as the perfect venue for a competition of this size and nature. The conference centre is quiet and comfortable which aids concentration, so essential for bridge. The catering and service at the Links were outstanding and thanks were expressed to Jeff Clause and his staff for their superb efforts. They could not be faulted in any way.
In his final address at prize-giving, Club President Geoff Ellis thanked his hard-working committee and especially Judith O’Hara who was the Tournament Director, assisted by Eileen Ellis, who also organised and provided most of the delicious snacks for the tea breaks. Pam Golding was thanked for their support and for supplying the pens. He thanked the bridge community of the Eastern Cape for their support, and especially Arie Ridderhof and Joy Falkner from Port Alfred who assisted in many ways: dealing of some of the cards, supplying other necessary equipment such as side tables and card holders as well as help with the electronic scoring. Jeffreys Bay Club was thanked for lending “Bridgemates” for scoring.
This tournament provided a huge learning curve for Judy Beck, Club Secretary, who had to master the new electronic scoring system for teams. This was nerve-wracking but having been tried out at local club meetings on three occasions prior to the tournament it was a great success and saved an enormous amount of time, particularly with so many teams competing. Judith O’Hara also had to adapt her approach to tournament directing with the new system in place. This was her first major tournament to direct in South Africa having directed previously mainly in England.
In a closely contested competition, first place went to the Port Elizabeth team of Des Duckitt, Di Penlington, Raffles Ethrington and Jock Sutherland. In second place (only 0.53 points behind) were, also from PE, Nitza Levin, Naomi Solomons, Dawn Palmer and Shirley Ruben.
Article and photographs – Yvonne Bosman
We had an excellent turn out of 18 tables (72 players).
The committee for 2016 was elected:
President – Geoff Ellis
Vice President – Roger Lea
Secretary – Judy Beck
Treasurer – Theonie Kirton
Members – John Boonzaier
Club Teams Competition held at the end of March:
Jill Marsh, Shirley Nicholls, Penny Ashdown & Marion Hayes
1st – Judy Beck (791)
2nd – Theonie Kirton (711)
3rd – Wendy Rosser (533)Friday Club Points:
1st – Shirley Nicholls (782)
2nd – Jill Marsh (708)
3rd – Una Moolman (593)The Fellowship Trophy was awarded to Wendy Mackenzie.