Competition gathers Port Lincoln bridge players

CARDS: Sally Richardson shows her hand while playing a game of bridge with Helen George (obscured), Jacquie McNamara and Ange Penalurick.

CARDS: Sally Richardson shows her hand while playing a game of bridge with Helen George (obscured), Jacquie McNamara and Ange Penalurick.

Lovers of bridge in Port Lincoln have been united through a new Port Lincoln Bridge Competition.

Bridge players have been going to the Port Lincoln Senior Citizens Clubrooms each Monday to play in the competition, which runs for 10 weeks.

Competition president Gyn Hyde said it started after many separate groups of players gathered at the Boston Winery from time to time and decided to play a bit more often.

She said while there was initially some concern about how many people would play, the competition attracted 24 players each week.

Players range from those who have played for many years to those who have only played for a couple years.

Across the 10 weeks results are emailed to members and calculated by determining ‘match points’ for each hand.

Although it is a 10-week competition players only have to attend six weeks to be in the running to win as a player’s average is determined by their best six weekly scores.

The first 10-week competition finished in late April with the pair of Alan Hutchinson and Frank Johnson ranked first overall.

Once one competition finishes, members start again with the next one with the current competition into its third week this week.

Mrs Hyde said anyone who played contract bridge was welcome to attend with a partner who played their system or a partner could be provided if necessary.

Anyone wanting to find out more can contact Mrs Hyde on 0429 842 042 or facilitator Brian Ashton on 0438 088 220.

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