Blog #2, 2012

Hi all,

It sure has been a long time, but I really had nothing to report. Now I have news!

We have just completed the Senior trials. We had two teams enter and it was a 96-board playoff. Interestingly enough there was a move to have the Open and Ladies separate from the Seniors. I believe that was to give players a chance to enter both events. However, the entries for all were very disappointing indeed and I strongly recommend that next year all the trials be held simultaneously.
Congratulations to the winning team: Gordon and Kathy Driver, Val Bloom and Tas Nestoridis and Nelonia Vorster and Jackie Dorfan.
We wish you every success in Lille!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We now have our full compliment of teams that will be competing at the World Mind Sports Games in Lille France from the 9th till the 23rd of August, 2012. SASCOC has finalized an agreement with SAA to give all sportsmen, nationally and internationally discounted fares.
At this stage not sure what the deal is but we are actively pursuing this avenue. As you are no doubt aware the cost of competing internationally falls mainly on the shoulders of the actual competitors with a very small subsidy of R5000 per player from the SABF which really doesn’t go very far. What we have always needed and are desperate to find is a sponsor for all these events. But at this stage it is still a pipe dream.

We are fast approaching Congress which promises to be a superb event. The Western Province Bridge Assoc. with Kitty Cruise and Hilary Nick as well as their able team have spent many hours planning and I am sure it will prove to be worth all the manhours involved.
Congress will take place from Friday 11th until the 18th May 2012. We will start at 2.00 p.m. and finish the following week at 12.00 midday to facilitate our members travel home to various distant places. The Kelvin Grove, will I am sure, prove to be an excellent venue.
We can only confirm the actual programme of events once we have received all the entries. We will endeavour to keep sessions at night to a minimum. But this is truly dependent on the number of entries that we receive.

Wishing all ‘Chag Sameach’ and a very Happy Easter


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