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There is a lot on at the TBA this month, including two very special events. There is something for everybody.

2022 State Team Training Weekend - 21-22 May

Four sessions of advanced training with expert Australian International player and teacher Justin Mill.

  • 10:00am - 12:30pm Saturday : Training session
  • 1:15pm - ~5:00pm Saturday : Duplicate session
  • 9:30am - 12:00pm Sunday : Training session
  • 1:00pm - 4:00pm Sunday : Training session (State Teams only)

The Saturday afternoon session is suitable for all members! Join us for 21 Boards followed by discussion and Question and Answer with drinks and nibbles.

The two morning sessions are open to all TBA members but please be aware that this weekend is intended for the State Teams so will be at a relatively advanced level.

Normal session fees apply for participants who are not State Team members. Pre-entry not required.

2022 Australia Wide Novice Pairs - 9:30am Thursday 26 May

Each year Australian Bridge magazine runs three Australia Wide pairs events (novice, restricted and open). The same boards are played at clubs across Australia and scored both at the club level and nationally.

The TBA session for the 2022 Australia Wide Novice Pairs will be the normal Thursday morning session on 26 May. All are welcome, but only pairs of players both with fewer than 100 masterpoints as at 31 March 2022 will be included in the national scoring.

Normal table money applies. Pre-entry is not required. Green masterpoints will be awarded based on the club level results. Prizes and red masterpoints will be awarded based on the national level results. National partricipants will also receive a souvenir booklet with commentary on each board, and access to a personalised scorebook when the national event is completed.

And more ...

Of course we also have our regular events such as:

  • Roger's Teams on the evening of Friday 20 May
  • Sunday Swiss Pairs on 29 May
  • Tasmanian Online Red Point Pairs on RealBridge each Wednesday evening.

Sue Falkingham is also starting the next set of beginners courses on Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st.

We look forward to seeing you at the club.


The Australian Bridge Federation recognizes individuals who have given outstanding service to bridge in Australia through election to the ABF Committee of Honour. This honour has been awarded to only 28 individuals throughout its’ near 100 year history.

I am pleased to announce to members of the Tasmanian Bridge Association that at the recent ABF Annual General Meeting our club member Dallas Cooper was elected a member of the Committee of Honour. Dallas is only the third Tasmanian to receive this prestigious award. Previous Tasmanians elected were Brenda Jones in 1978 and Roger Penny in 1998.

Dallas retired this year after serving as a TBA Councillor to the ABF for 22 years, including the last 6 years as a member of the committee of management, now known as the Board of Management.

In addition to her contribution to the ABF, Dallas has provided an outstanding contribution to the management of the TBA, being a committee member for 27 years; twice president in 2001-3 and 2007-8; a coordinator of the Tasmanian Festival of Bridge over many years; and coordinator of the Australian National Championships in Tasmania on three occasions.

Bridge has not been her only community passion in Tasmania, having given similar dedication to the game of badminton in Tasmania. In 2020 Dallas was awarded the national honour of OAM for her services to badminton and the community, with her contribution to bridge featuring on the citation.

I am sure you all join with me in congratulating Dallas on this magnificent achievement and look forward to her ongoing activities as a director and competitive player at the TBA.

Graeme Poulton


7 May 2022


The TBA Committee met at the TBA clubrooms on Tuesday April 12th from 3.30pm

Participating were : G Poulton (Chair), M Gibbs , K Marsden, I Bailey, J Rhodes, D Bridge, H Grosvenor, S Falkingham, P Murphy, I Ritchard, M Sherlock, J Grosvenor

The following matters were discussed:

New Committee

The incoming president welcomed the newly elected committee members and expressed the club’s appreciation to all the committee for their dedicated commitment to the successful operation of the Tasmanian Bridge Association.

Annual General Meeting

The AGM of the TBA was held on March 19th 2022. The following were elected to the committee for 2022:

President:Graeme Poulton
Vice President:Margaret Gibbs
Secretary:Katherine Marsden
Treasurer:Ian Bailey
Committee Members:Julie Rhodes (ex officio former President)
Doug Bridge
Sue Falkingham
Hugh Grosvenor
Pam Murphy
Ian Ritchard

(To put faces to the names see the members page)

The other significant appointment at the AGM was the presentation of Life Membership to Valerie Palk for her contribution to the running of the club over a long period.

Tasmanian Festival of Bridge

The Annual Tasmanian Festival of Bridge was held in Launceston from March 23-27. The event was very successful considering the Covid-19 impact on entries from other states. A total of 164 entries participated across the four competitons. Andrew Richman and Catherine Elliott were congratulated on their efforts in ensuring the event’s success.

Katherine Marsden is coordinating the 2023 TFoB in Hobart and reported that planning is well underway for that event.

COVID-19 Safety Plan

The COVID-19 Safety Plan was reviewed and no changes were made.

TBA Activity Responsibilities

There are a wide range of activities which are required to be performed to enable the TBA to function efficiently. Many of these are performed currently by volunteer members, and specific committee members and officers (directors, masterpoints secretary, administration advisor, treasurer, secretary).

These functions have been grouped into the areas listed below, and responsibility for liaising with the volunteers and service providers have been allocated to committee members.


Members may be approached by the committee seeking further volunteers for specific activities.

ABF Annual General Meeting

State Councillors Sue Falkingham and Hugh Grosvenor, together with retiring councillor Dallas Cooper will be attending the ABF Annual General Meeting in early May.

Graeme Poulton

President, TBA

April 2022

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The 2022 Tasmanian Festival of Bridge was held 24-27 March 2022 at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Launceston. This year the program consisted of four competitions - the TBIB Australian Swiss Pairs, the Australian Mixed Swiss Pairs, the Roger Penny Senior Swiss Pairs and the TFoB Restricted Swiss Pairs. The Warren Walker Memorial trophy was also awarded to the highest place Tasmanian team in the TBIB Australian Swiss Pairs. The detailed results for all of the competitions are available here.

Winners of the TBIB Australian Swiss Pairs were Maurits Van Der Vlugt and Dagmar Neumann. Second placed were Paul Gosney and Tony Leibowitz. Third placed were Terry Strong and Jill Magee. The Warren Walker Memorial trophy for the highest placed Tasmanian team in the TBIB Australian Swiss Pairs was won by Frank Milford and Martin George.

Winners of the Australian Mixed Swiss Pairs were Kitty Muntz and Leigh Gold. Second placed were Avril Zets and Axel Johannsson. Third placed were Cathryn Herden and Matthew Thomson.

Winners of the Roger Penny Senior Swiss Pairs were Ian Robinson and Neil Ewart. Second placed were Andrew Mill and Simon Hinge. Third placed were Phil Gue and Nigel Rosendorff.

Winners of the TFoB Restricted Swiss Pairs were Matthew Tiplady and Rodney Macey. Second placed were Bob Ranson and Frank Milford. Third placed were Eugene Pereira and Rex Meadowcroft.

Thanks to the directors, scorer, organisers, caddies and volunteers for all of their efforts. Thank you also to all who participated, particularly those who travelled to take part.


The Annual General Meeting of the Association was held at the TBA clubrooms on 19th March,2022, attended by 48 members.

The retiring President, Julie Rhodes presented her annual President’s report and Treasurer Ian Bailey’s report and audited financial reports were also tabled. Copies of these documents are available through the preceding links.

Nominations for the various office bearers and committee positions were presented, and since the number of nominations did not exceed the minimum set out in the constitution, no election was necessary and these nominations were ratified by the meeting in the following positions:

President:Graeme Poulton
Vice President:Margaret Gibbs
Treasurer:Ian Bailey
Secretary:Katherine Marsden
Master Points Secretary:Malcolm Sherlock
Committee Members:Doug Bridge
Sue Falkingham
Hugh Grosvenor
Pam Murphy
Ian Ritchard
Julie Rhodes (ex officio former President)

The outgoing committee recommended the awarding of Life Membership to Valerie Palk for her outstanding contribution to the TBA in a variety of roles over a very long period. This recommendation was unanimously approved.

The new committee will hold its’ first meeting on April 12.


Monday 13 December was the Monday night Jackpot finals for 2021. The list of 2021 qualifiers is below. The winners were Julia Johnson and Geoff J Green in the Blue section, and David Robinson and Hilton Francis in the Pink section.

Thanks to Simon for directing, and for all his efforts on Monday evenings throughout the year.

Pink SectionBlue Section
Fiona Hickey (Jan)Meredith Stacey (Jan)
Alaine Macmorran (Jan)Pamela Halton (Jan)
Dallas Cooper (Jan)Keith Graver (Jan)
Sue Wilkinson (Jan)Shirley Graver (Jan)
Judy Bills (Feb)Graham Brown (Feb)
Ann Paton (Feb)Sharn Davies (Feb)
Maruta Boyd (Feb)Janette Targett (Feb)
Barbara Holland (Feb)Sandra Miedecke (Feb)
Peter Fromberg (Feb)Pam Barter (Feb)
Nancy Fromberg (Feb)Betty Pilgrim (Feb)
Phil Beck (Feb)Gill Robinson (May)
David Robinson (Feb)Margaret Enright (May)
Barbara Giizel (Mar)Bob Lawson (May)
Pam Murphy (Mar)Neil Pettingill (May)
Julia Corr (Mar)Bronwyn Fuller (May)
Merryl Darby (Mar)Ann Halliday (May)
Richard Cooke (Mar)Imogen Siberry (Jun)
Bob Patterson (Mar)Jeremy Reid (Jun)
Anne Parrott (Mar)Panchita Salmon (Jul)
Sarah Howard (Mar)Tricia Reid (Aug)
Frances Millar (Apr)Janet Bradley (Aug)
Donna Sommerville (Apr)Gill Murdoch (Aug)
Kevin Wheelahan (Apr)Katherine Marsden (Aug)
David Shaw (Apr)Graeme Poulton (Sep)
Darryl Smith (Apr)Engelina Poulton (Sep)
David Brooks (Apr)Geoff Green (Oct)
Wynne Webber (May)Julia Johnson (Oct)
Hilton Francis (May)Frances Millar (Oct)
Maggie Crawford (May)Amy Richardson (Oct)
Nigel Brookes (May)Vicki Douglas (Oct)
Gulum Kocak-Sunamak (May)Sophie Kim (Nov)
Lena Jansson (Jun)
Maria Gibbs (Jun)
Julie Rhodes (Jun)
Margaret Gibbs (Jun)
John Grosvenor (Jul)
Hugh Grosvenor (Jul)
Jo Beck (Nov)
Margaret Enright (Nov)


The 2021 Tasmanian Swiss Pairs Championship was held across 20th-21st November at the TBA. This was the final state event for 2021. This event rotates annually between Hobart, Devonport and Launceston. The event consisted of 7 x 14 board IMP and VP scored matches. 26 pairs competed, including players from Launceston and Devonport. It was also great to see a number of less experienced pairs competing.

Sandra and Andrew Richman won the event, successfully defending their title from last year. Second placed were Hugh Grosvenor and Julie Rhodes, while John Bailey and Hilton Francis came third. Full results are available here.

Congratulations to the winners and to everybody for having a go. Thanks to Sue Falkingham for directing, Lynne Cooke for convening, and all who helped with the catering.

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The 2021 TBA Novice Pairs Championship was held on 7 November. This was a two session duplicate pairs event for players with fewer than 25 masterpoints. 23 pairs competed. Rosemary and Brian Giles are the 2021 champions. Ian Bailey and Helen Thomas came second. Jeremy Reid and Sharlene Campbell came third. Full results are available here.

Congratulations to the winners and to everybody for having a go. Thanks to Sue Falkingham for directing.

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The 2021 Australian National Championships (ANC) was originally to be played in Perth earlier in the year. Due to the COVID-19 situation this event was moved online using the RealBridge platform. Tasmania had teams competing in the Open, Women's, Seniors' and Youth Interstate Teams. This is the first time in over a decade that Tasmania has fielded a youth team at the ANC.

Details about the event and links to the results sites are available from the ABF events website. The Tasmanian results are summarised below (click on the category name to go to the full results page). No Tasmanian team qualified for the finals.

Open - Sandra Richman - Andrew Richman - John Bailey - Hilton Francis - Jane Edler - Simon Edler. Qualifying result: 7th of 8, with 4 wins, 10 losses. SA defeated VIC in the finals.

Women's - Fiona Hickey - Alaine Macmorran - Maruta Boyd - Julia Corr - Judy Mann - Jane Routley. Qualifying result: 6th of 7, with 4 wins, 2 byes, 8 losses. QLD defeated SA in the finals

Senior's - Margaret Gibbs - Julie Rhodes - Pam Murphy - Barbara Giizel. Qualifying result: 7th of 7, with 1 win, 2 byes, 11 losses. NSW defeated ACT in the finals.

Youth - Molly Porter - Roisin Grosvenor - Tom Overton - Fred Lawrence - Jeremy Reid - Imogen Siberry. Qualifying result: 5th of 5, with 1 win, 3 byes, 11 losses. VIC defeated NSW in the finals

Three Tasmanian pairs competed in the Restricted Butler Pairs. John Cummings and David Marshal came 8th, Mardi and John Grosvenor came 10th and Mardi Hogarth and Lynn Bain came 27th.

Sandra and Andrew Richman played in the Open Butler Pairs, coming 36th in the qualifying.


On Sunday 3 October 2021, 18 pairs competed in the TBA Spring Pairs. This was played over 6 x 9 board matches with a Swiss draw, scored by cross IMPS* converted to Victory Points. It was great to see three pairs from the north playing.

The winners, by a convincing margin, were David Brooks and Darryl Smith. Second were Mardi and John Grosvenor, and third were Felicity Wivell and Roger Swain. The highest placed pair in the restricted category were Ian Bailey and Jegs Nuttal. The full results are available here.

Thanks to Hugh Grosvenor for directing, and to all who brought food to share.

* At cross IMPS a pair’s score on a board is compared with every other score for the board (in the same direction) and the differences converted to IMPs. These IMP scores are then averaged to give the cross IMP result for the board for that pair. In Butler IMP scoring ('normal' IMPS) an average result for each board is calculated (often omitting some outliers) and then the IMP score is calculated from the datum for each pair. See this guide for more details.


On Sunday 12 September 2021 the TBA came together to celebrate Bert Forage's 100th birthday with the "Bert Forage Centenary Day of Bridge". Twenty one tables played in three sections with an individual movement. Each player played one board with each of 21 partners across the session. Kay Potter was the overall winner.

Thanks to all of the people who made the day a success, including Hugh Grosvenor for directing, Simon Edler for extensive research into individual movements, Alan Greenlees for his musical fanfare, Phil Timmins for his speech and poem, Martin George and Maria Gibbs for contributing photos, and all who brought food to share.


Saturday 4th September saw the Tasmanian Restricted Pairs Championship played at the TBA. This was an all day event for players with fewer than 150 masterpoints. Ten pairs competed providing a thrilling competition with very close scoring between the whole field. The Director Sue Falkingham was watching the live scoring and said it was exciting with all the placings changing with every board played. The well deserving winners were Vicki Douglas and Marg Enright. Second placed, Elizabeth Taylor and Christine Dowl also played extremely well.

Full results are available here. Thanks to Sue for directing.

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The 2021 Tasmanian Teams of Three event was held on Sunday 15 August 2021 at the TBA. In previous years Teams of Three events have been run as single session events. This is the first time it has been stepped up to a full day event. In teams of three, three less experienced players are teamed up with a more experienced captain, with each member of the team partnering with every other member during the event. Six matches of 8 boards were played across two sessions using a Swiss draw. The event was scored in IMPS converted to VPs.

Eighteen teams participated, with team members restricted to having fewer than 20 masterpoints. While most participants were locals we did have one team from Launceston, captained by Pam Lidl. For many of the participants this will have been their first experience of a teams competition, and the first masterpoints earned by many! Congratulations to all who participated.

First place went to the team of Ian Bailey, Judy Hooley and Roger Hooley, captained by Phil Beck. Runners up were the Launceston team of Wendy Butler, Dennis Butler and Annette Keen, captained by Pam Lidl. Full results are available here.

Thank you to the team captains who made themselves available for the event. Thank you also to Lynne Cooke who was the convener, but was unable to be there on the day, and to Julie Rhodes for filling in for Lynne in the final days of preparation. Thank you to Simon Edler for directing.


The inaugural Tasmanian Board-A-Match Teams Championship was held at the Tamar Bridge Club on the weekend of 7-8 August. In Board-A-Match scoring each board is worth 0, 1 or 2 points depending on whether you score less than, the same as or more than your opponents on that board. While this format has not been used much in Tasmania it is well established and used in some of the world's most prestigious events (for example, the Reisinger).

A field of twelve teams competed, playing 110 boards over 4 sessions. Effectively this means that each team played a 10 board match against every other team across the event. Players from Launceston, Devonport and Hobart participated.

First place went to the Sandra Richman team - Sandra and Andrew Richman, Hilton Francis and John Bailey. Second was the Margaret Gibbs team - Margaret Gibbs, Richard Cooke, and Mardi and John Grosvenor. Third was the Simon Edler team - Simon and Jane Edler, Frank Milford and Martin George. Full results are available here.

This was a very successful event, with a good turnout and positive feedback received from the players. Thank you to the Tamar Bridge Club for their hospitality in hosting the event. Thank you to Hugh Grosvenor for organising and directing. We look forward to this becoming a regular event on the Tasmanian bridge calendar.


The 2021 TBA Congress was held at the TBA club rooms in Hobart over the weekend of 3-4 July 2021. After the cancelation of last year's congress it was fantastic to see the club rooms buzzing and back to the pre-COVID seating capacity. The room was full with 45 pairs playing on the Saturday afternoon.

The pairs events were played on Saturday. 19 open pairs and 10 restricted pairs played across two sessions. 16 novice pairs played in a single session in the afternoon. Congratulations to the many novice pairs who were playing in their first congress!

The winners in the Open were John Cummings and David Marshal. Mardi and John Grosvenor came second, with Lena Jansson and Merryl Darby coming third. The winners in the Restricted were Fahri Toreci and Wayne Seabrook. Gil Robinson and Marg Enright came second, with Clive and Liz Sellen coming third. The winners in the Novice were Helen Sqier and Tim Doe. Lea Coulston and Pam Noga came second, with Judy and Roger Hooley coming third.

The Swiss Pairs was played on the Sunday with 34 pairs competing. Six matches of nine boards were played across two sessions. The winners were Bob Patterson and Richard Cooke. Maruta Boyd and Barbara Holland come second, with Fiona Hickey and Alaine MacMorran coming third. The best placed pair in the restricted category were Clive and Liz Sellen.

Full results are here: Open Pairs, Restricted Pairs, Novice Pairs, Swiss Pairs.

Thanks to Hugh Grosvenor and Sue Falkingham for directing.

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The Tasmanian Gold Swiss Pairs was held in Hobart on 9th to 11th April 2021 at the Elwick Racecourse. This was the first national face-to-face event of the year. Approximately 120 pairs played in Rookie, Novice, Restricted and Open events across the two and a half days. This included strong representation of players from across Australia.

Sixty two pairs played in the two day Open Swiss Pairs. The winners were Ron Klinger and Avinash Kanetkar. Second place went to George Kozakos and Simon Hinge. Peter Hollands and James Coutts came third. Andrew and Sandra Richman won the Warren Walker Memorial Trophy for the highest placed Tasmanian pair in the Open Swiss Pairs.

Twenty eight pairs played in the Restricted Swiss Pairs. The winners were Tim Legge and Alexander Jones. Full results are here. Sixteen pairs played in the Novice Swiss Pairs. The winners were Marleen Lynch and Rose Rowell.

The TGSP was also a great opportunity for newer players to get a taste of a large event. A two session matchpoint pairs event was run for Rookies (players with fewer than 10 masterpoints). The overall winners were Amy Richardson and Imogen Siberry. Single session welcome matchpoint pairs events were also held for novice, restricted and open categories.

Thanks to Katherine Marsden, the organising committee and all of the volunteers for organising and running a great event. Thanks to Simon Edler for all his efforts as the Chief Tournament Director, including dealing all the boards! Thanks also to Hugh Grosvenor for directing. The ABF event website includes all results for the event.

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The 2021 Tasmanian Butler Pairs was played at the Tamar Bridge Club on the weekend of 13-14 February 2021. This was the first Tasmanian state event of 2021. It was an IMP and VP scored pairs event with every pair playing a 7 board match against every other pair. There was a field of 16 pairs from around the state.

The winners were John Bailey (Devonport) and Hilton Francis (TBA). Sandra and Andrew Richman (Tamar) came second. Maria Gibbs and Julia Corr (TBA) came third overall and won the women's category.

Full results are here.

Thank you to Simon Edler for organising and directing the event. Thank you also to the Tamar Bridge Club for hosting the event and making all visiting players feel welcome.


The 2021 Vera Houdek Pairs was played at the TBA clubrooms on Sunday 31 January 2021. This was a matchpoint and VP scored Swiss Pairs event played over 8 x 7 board matches. The field of 28 pairs covered a wide range of experience levels and included a strong contingent from Tamar.

The winners were Maruta Boyd and Barbara Holland. David Brooks and Darryl Smith came second. Sue Falkingham and Bob Patterson came third. Mardi and John Grosvenor received the "Encouragement Award" for highest placed pair under 150 masterpoints.

Full results are here.

Thanks to Chris Carolan for smoothly organising and directing a packed day of bridge.

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The 2021 Devonport Bridge Club Congress was played at the DBC clubrooms on Saturday 23 January 2021. This was a IMP and VP scored Swiss Pairs event played over 6 x 9 board matches, The field of 22 pairs included good representation from across the north with the odd southerners thrown in.

The winners where Andrew and Sandra Richman. John Bailey and Mike Longmire came second. Frank Milford and Prue Dick came third.

Full results are here: session 1, session 2.

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Venue Hire

The TBA premises are available for hire by community groups for suitable activities by arrangement with the TBA Committee.

Please complete a booking request form (available here) and email it to the TBA at


The Role of the TBA

The TBA is is the largest bridge club in the state with about 400 members and is the administrative body for the game of bridge in Tasmania. The TBA is responsible for running national and state events including the Australian Swiss Pairs championships and the Roger Penny Senior Swiss Pairs competition. These are conducted annually with the venue alternating between Hobart and Launceston. The TBA also administers the Masterpoints system for the ABF and endeavours to promote the growth and teaching of bridge throughout Tasmania via its affiliated clubs. The TBA's purpose-designed Centre at 5 Marine Esplanade, New Town Bay serves as both our local Clubrooms and the headquarters for bridge in the state.

Local Tasmanian clubs affiliated with the TBA are:
North-West North South
Burnie Bridge Club Launceston Bridge Club Hobart City Bridge Club
Devonport Bridge Club Tamar Bridge Club Eastern Shore Bridge Club
Kingborough Bridge Club

Contact us:
Phone: 0400 492 327
Post: PO Box 171, North Hobart 7002

Bank Account Details for direct debit: BSB: 067-102 A/C #: 2801 2004 A/C Name: Tasmanian Bridge Association
ABN: 66 028 130 967

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