2017 Grand National Open Teams Finalist

 L to R: Bruce Minchinton, Michael Goh, Derek Poulton & Nick Walsh

Victorian Northern Region Grand National Open Teams 2017 Bridge Victory

-          Nagambie /Shepparton Team did not crack under pressure!

 

Following on from winning a major bridge tournament earlier this year in Canberra, Principal of Nagambie Bridge Club (NBC), Michael Goh together with his partner, Bruce Minchinton have again emerged victorious in a state qualifying Bridge tournament. This time Bruce & Michael teamed up with Derek Poulton and Nick Walsh from Shepparton BC (who are associate members of NBC) to win the Victorian Northern Region Grand National Open Teams event held at Shepparton on Sunday August 27.

Winning this tournament earned Michael, Bruce, Derek and Nick the right to represent Victoria in the final of the Australian Grand National Open Teams competition to be held at Tweed Heads QLD in November.

At Shepparton, teams from all over Northern Victoria competed.  Teams/ players came from Bendigo, Benalla , Shepparton, Wangarratta, Echuca Macedon, Albury, Wodonga, Yarrawonga and Nagambie.  Bendigo had the largest contingent of players, followed by Nagambie, Benalla and Shepparton.

Ranked 8th in the event, Michael’s Team showed their bridge prowess by winning all matches! Meeting the highest ranked team in the tournament in Round 1 did not faze them. With their thinking caps on, Michael and his team rose to the challenge and defeated them. With the toughest opposition out of the way, they held their composure and steadily played every other match; winning one after another. Although undefeated going into the sixth and final match, the team knew that they had to play their best to clinch the victory, as the leader after Round 5 still held a comfortable victory points margin. Undeterred, the Team continued to play brilliant bridge to railroad the leader by an enormous margin to claim the title of Victoria’s Northern Region GNOT Champions!

 

In November, Michael, Bruce, Derek and Nick will face 59 other teams from all over Australia. It is an honour for two Nagambie residents to take their place there and we wish all four of them the best of luck.

 

Bridge in the Garden - Thursday 23rd March, 2017

NBC held its inugural Bridge in the Garden at beautiful Roscrea B & B in Nagambie, the residence of one of its popular members, Helen Kennedy.

This was a highly successful Red Masterpoints event with a green outlook! 44 people played under shade of beautiful mature trees (See "Photographs") and soaked up the wondeful atmosphere on the day.

The event was extremely popular as some players travelled from Melbourne to not only play their favourite card game, but also to enjoy the good food and award winning Tahbilk wines.

The President of the VBA showered accolades to Michael Goh, Principal of NBC for being innovative in promoting enjoyment of the game outside four walls. (Could this be the first time any Bridge Club had ran a Bridge event outdoors in Australia,..... or even the World?) More on the President's article of NBC's B.I.G. can be found in the May edition of the VBA Bulletin.

Bridge in the Garden 2018 is definitely on the cards. So, stay in touch with NBC!

Nagambie Bridge Members' Victory at Canberra Festival of Bridge 2017!

Nagambie Bridge Club Director and Teacher Michael Goh teamed up with partner Bruce Minchinton and friends John Green and Gordon Coss from Sydney to win the Pianola Non-Life Masters bridge event at Canberra’s Summer Festival of Bridge. Held over three days (Jan 11 - 13, 2017) and some 20 hours of competition time, the event is a test of stamina and concentration as well as skill.

Seen here are the four winners with James Ward from Pianola: the Sponsor.

 

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Beginners Graduation Party 30 Aug 2016

Graduation party for beginners who completed the course this Winter.
After 6 weeks of learning the basics of Bridge (and a little bit more), these budding players will next progress to some supervised sessions.

There is much potential in these players as they have an aptitude for the game. So, watch out Bridge World, here come NBC's rising stars!

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