Bridge players gather for championships

HUNDREDS of bridge players from interstate are expected when Canberra hosts the Australian National Championships over 12 days at Thoroughbred Park this month.

Organised by the Australian Bridge Federation, the national challenge moves annually around each state and territory.

And they’re still taking entries, says veteran player Brett Yeats, of Yarralumla.

Brett says it’s a game for players of all standards from novice to expert, so there will be events to suit any level.

Brett, 67, and his wife Jennifer, 66, will play as a pair at the event.

He started playing after Jennifer encouraged him to try it 20 years ago.

“It’s never too late to learn the game.

“My wife and I have played against blind people, against a lady aged 101 and she did very well.

“And against a quadriplegic. He had to indicate his bids and which card to play via a laser attached to his head and his assistant moved the cards.

“As the body ages and we get too old for golf or tennis we can still play bridge and keep the brain active.”

“I have had the pleasure of meeting people playing at clubs in Broken Hill, Auckland and Wellington amongst other places,” Brett says.

“There is passion and drama at the bridge tables which draws us back week after week, year after year.”

Australian Bridge Federation’s National Championships, Thoroughbred Park Function and Convention Centre, Randwick Road, Lyneham. July 15-27. Information via



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