Promoting BRIDGE within Victoria
Fostering interest in the game
Noteworthy Victorian performances in the Teams at the Gold Coast Congress were limited to the Open division, where warm congratulations go to James Coutts, who, paired with Liam Milne (NSW), was part of the overall winning team in an excellent warm-up to forthcoming Australian representation at the Bermuda Bowl. Jamie Thompson (formerly Victorian, but now resident in NSW) paired with Jo Haffer (S.A.) in the runner-up team which lost the Open final 148 -122 in a hard-fought encounter. In the other, lower, divisions Victorians were conspicuous by their absence from the finals; however, to be fair, numbers travelling to the event from our fair state were well below normal this year.
In the final Pairs event, the Ivy Dahler, Victorians were much more prominently featured, with Justin Mill following up his fine Bobby Richman performance by finishing 5th paired with Queenslander Siegfried Konig, while Simon Rose and Barry Rawicki showed their Bobby Richman A Final effort was no fluke by finishing a very creditable 10th, just ahead of Sylvia Gluck and Ben Kingham.
It was great to be back playing “live” bridge and although numbers were well down for very understandable reasons, the GCC was still a great success for all participants and hopefully sets the tone for Gold Point bridge across Australia in 2022.
– Christopher Leach