We are a new bridge club based on the Island of Waiheke in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf. We are administered under a Charitable Trust to provide regular weekly events at our club rooms on Moa Avenue and on-line via our social WhatsApp groups.
The club provides all the facilities one would expect for a modern contract bridge experience - including the use of BridgeTabs, automated scoring and results, and a new player platform that allows members to analyse and improve their bridge skills.
We are also strongly community focused and aim to promote a cordial and supportive environment both at the club and on-line where players can meet and build new friendships.
My first introduction to Bridge was when I was in my 30’s and I attended classes in Invercargill with my late husband. We both thoroughly enjoyed the experience however with our young family & work commitments the timing was not right so we decided to “park” it until further down the track.
Ten years later with the family more independent & back living in my home town, Dunedin, I decided it was time to renew the experience albeit I was now on my own. This was the best decision I could have made, I met other solo females in the class who were keen to meet socially to practice what we had learnt. These friendships developed, we moved around the Otago/Southland area participating in Tournaments & also enjoyed overseas holidays together.
Fast forward 10 years to when I moved to Waiheke to assist my growing family and did not know any other people. I quickly joined the Waiheke Bridge Club & once again fate was on my side as I met 3 other women who had recently moved to Waiheke, lived alone & were keen to play social bridge. Many enjoyable evenings of a shared meal plus bridge games followed.
Currently we are experiencing lockdowns & isolation created by the Corona Virus & Bridge has filled the void created with bridge on line sessions to enjoy. I am so grateful to the “Bridge Family” for all the pleasure, friendships & brain stimulation I have received over the years, what would my life been without that support?
:- Jan McQuarrie
Why Do We Play Bridge?
Why play bridge?
To enjoy myself!
I suppose it goes back to my childhood when I was allowed to stay with my much-loved aunts and uncle and after dinner, we played cards! No favours were given-each game was intense, whether it was crib, euchre, 500, or canasta! When I heard about bridge, I was determined to learn, I thought I would like it -and I did.
Bridge is a challenge. but it remains a joy.!
Why? I think a large part is the people you meet playing bridge. Over time you develop friendships, and cards can reveal a lot. Our 2020 club members are all finding enjoyment and stimulation playing the game. I've met accountants, teachers, ministers, business women, world travellers, yes, some of us are retired- but not necessarily retiring!
No, it is definitely not a game for faddy duddies!
Some Straight Forward Bridge Advice
I come from a family of card players.
Our father taught the four of us to play “Oh Hell” aka “up and down the river” at an early age which familiarised us with trumps.Later we played any games, including canasta, euchre and five hundred. Meanwhile our parents had bridge fours round the fire on Saturday nights with other couples and relations.
In teenage years we must have dabbled with some games of bridge, because l remember playing our “kitchen” bridge in London.
In the early sixties, back in Christchurch working at the Canterbury Engineering School, I remember being given Goren lessons by some of the lecturers. Later in Sydney I found Australians played Standard American, which was very similar to Goren and had a high no-trump. While going to a club in Hamilton in the seventies, i remember some people played something called Precision Club,but most people played Acol, a system I play often, but have never really liked.
Once my mother asked me to make up a four and told me they played five cents a hundred, so when I got off with their money, it was the only time I’ve gambled!
With this chequered background, I have learnt that if you want to play bridge with friends and relations as well as at a club, it is advisable to keep the bidding straightforward. Basic card sense comes with experience and is invaluable.