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North Coast Bridge Club draws large player base

Players of all skill levels are welcome and will be split between three divisions.

The launch of the North Coast Bridge Club was an instant success last Friday, drawing more than 65 players to the first event.

Bridge aficionados from the North Coast and beyond gathered at the Salty Seas restaurant in the New Salt Rock shopping centre to compete across three skill-level categories.

It showed a clear desire for another weekly meet, with more than 100 players signed on for future events.

Frank Touwen and Jeanie Kieser were all smiles in their match on Friday.

Many of the players are regulars of the Umhlali Country Club Bridge Club, which has long been established and now meets on Tuesdays.

“I sent out a few feelers and thought we might get 10 people together at my house and grow from there, but the support has been fantastic. We have had to move venues twice just to get enough space for everyone,” said organiser Kitty Phillips.

Phillips hopes the club will become associated with the South African Bridge Federation (SABF) – through the KwaZulu-Natal Bridge Union – so that members can join and potentially host national competitions in the future.

Jenny Ten-Bokum, Netta Southwood and Jan Chemaly.

“We have some really strong players here and many more willing to learn, so we hope to increase the competition going forward,” said Phillips.

Players of all skill levels are welcome and will be split between three divisions.

The winners of each division in the first meet were Bev O’Connor and Helen Isaacs (A), Rod Bishop and Dorothy Wynne (B) and Di Bodley and Bambi Perry (C).

Phillips, who has a passion for outreach following a career as a teacher, also runs a development wing of the club where they teach bridge to underprivileged children and those who cannot afford it.

This initiative is sponsored by the SABF.

More than 65 players turned up to the relaunch of the bridge club, showing a clear demand on the North Coast.

“Bridge is such a fantastic game for critical thinking and logic and is low cost to start and learn,” she said.

If you would like to join the club, which plans to meet at Salty Seas every Friday at 10am, contact Phillips at 083 455 6275.

Membership for a year costs R100, after which each meet costs R30.

Non-members will pay R40 per meeting.

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