Tomaree Bridge Club set to reopen soon, taking registrations for annual Tomaree Congress

GAME ON: Tomaree Bridge Club members in action prior to the pandemic.

GAME ON: Tomaree Bridge Club members in action prior to the pandemic.

Now that COVID-19 lockdown has been lifted and restrictions have been relaxed Tomaree Bridge Club is set to reopen for face-to-face play on October 18.

The club, which meets in the Elizabeth Waring function room at Tomaree Sports Complex, will still be taking precautions in accordance with the current health stipulations.

In the meantime, the annual Tomaree Congress is to take place on October 30 and 31.

The club will host the popular tournament for pairs and teams online through RealBridge.

"Because it was organised when we were in the throes of lockdown, the competition will take place online as there are ample technical facilities for this to happen," Tomaree Bridge Club committee member Bill Forbes said.

Players from clubs across the state are invited to compete. In past years, the congress has attracted 130 participants.

"All levels of competence will be represented from raw beginners to those more experienced," Mr Forbes said.

The club, formed in 2016, draws its members from across the whole Port Stephens area and is affiliated with Hunter region clubs as well.

Sessions are held on Monday and Wednesday from 1pm and Friday from 9.30am. Players are to be seated 15 minutes before the session which lasts about three hours with 27 to 33 boards played.

Table fees for members are $4 for members and $6 for visitors.

Lessons for beginners are available and anyone interested in joining the club is invited to check the website.

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