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Blog 8   Zonals & Congress  June 2017

I actually can’t believe we are now in June and all the excitement is over.

May started with a seminar held at the President Hotel for all the NBO’s of Africa. We had The WBF president Mr Gannariggo Rona and his whole entourage lecturing on their specific subjects. Mr David Harris, Legal counsel to the WBF, Mr Mark De Paauw – treasurer; Alvin Levy – Robotics; Gilad Offir – Youth officer and Simon Fellus – Secretary .

Thereafter we held the African Zonals, which I’m sure you are aware of the results namely Egypt won the Open, Womens’ and Seniors.

South Africa will represent us in the Open and Seniors.

All this was organised by the Western Cape committee headed by Tim Cope. It was amazing to see how our Cape players all gave of their time expertise and enthusiasm. It truly was an incredible time for all.

The zonal competition was followed by our own congress held at the Kelvin Grove, organised by Kitty Cruise and Hilary Nick. Once again we can only stand in awe at the dedication in organising this event.
We had 54 teams and 192 pairs. This was the strongest congress in my bridge memory, we had international players of the highest standard visiting our shores and to our absolute delight our very own Craig Gower and Alon Apteker took first place in the pairs and came second playing with a Swedish pair in the teams. What an outstanding result !!!!!!

This month we have a team comprising of Di Rosslee, Rob Stephens, Chris Child and Avril Wheelan playing in the European Championship in Tuscany. We wish them every success.

As I discussed at our AGM, I was asking for feedback from the various unions as to whether it was still viable to hold the Interprovincial teams annually. This is usually held just prior to the Interclub, which this year will be held in Johannesburg. I look forward to all your views as we need to make a decision at our next committee meeting in July.

Pierre Du Toit, the general manager of The Links has now retired. It was thanks to him that we actually found premises and built our own club. Thereafter he maintained and improved the premises immeasurably and our thanks go to him for the many hours and hard work in creating such a warm and comfortable bridge club.

Keep warm,