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Bridge Club Events and News

Interclub matches

MCC v v Melbourne Club
Tuesday November 19, 2013
5.30pm for 6.00pm
Dinner in the Committee Room followed by bridge in the Hans Ebeling Room.

    1. Margrett Hardie and Rick Gaylard
        Brian Hassett and Raj Vasudeva

    2. Chris Nixon and Tim Burke
        Rob Nurse and Rosemary Nurse

    3. Rosey Lill and John Lill
        Helen Fitzpatrick and Paul Fitzpatrick

    4. Mary Church and Thea Cowie
        John Smith and Ted McNamara

    5. Nell Eddy and Virginia Cameron
        Sue Swanell and Renate Triffett

        Emergencies: Susie Bunting

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International matches

MCC played bridge matches against six London based clubs in July, culminating in the "Bridge Ashes" match against the Marylebone Cricket Club.

Following is Helen Fitzpatrick’s report on the MCC Bridge trip to Lords in July 2013.  The success of the visit was due largely to Helen’s foresight, hard work and ability to develop close relationships with our very gracious hosts.

Recently a small but doughty team of our MCC Bridge players headed over to play bridge against The Marylebone Cricket Club at Lords during The Ashes Cricket test series.

This event was created four years ago, and a small wooden box containing a burnt pack of cards is the symbol of our ongoing challenge. By agreement with the Marylebone Cricket Club, the trophy resides for viewing in our trophy cabinet irrespective of the winner, which incidentally has been Marylebone in both 2009 and 2013.

This year’s trip was equally as marvellous as the first trip in 2009, with preliminary matches arranged for us by Marylebone with five of their reciprocal clubs. After watching  cricket through the day, we dined and played Bridge at a variety of intriguing venues, including The Reform Club and The Acol Club where the Acol system first began. We renewed our friendships with those at The Highgate Golf Club and The Cumberland Lawn Tennis Club.

We had a fabulous night at The Carlton Club, a few minutes walk from Buckingham Palace, on the evening of the birth of Prince George – so one might imagine the mood in this club which has been home to Winston Churchill, Maggie Thatcher and The Royals. Proudly Paul and I managed a Captain’s innings that evening with a win overall for the evening.

Our most anticipated match was against Lords, the day after The Ashes was scheduled to finish. After bridge in The President’s Box, the teams gathered for a photo with the famous Marylebone CC Members’ Stand in the background.

This was followed by a special dinner in the Long Room with all its resplendent history. Melbourne Cricket Club President Paul Sheahan gave one of his famous orations at what was a glamorous and memorable occasion.

We have many happy relationships in place with our London colleagues, and I have been approached by one couple already who will join us for bridge as my guests at the MCC on Thursday November 28. 

All in all it was a marvellous experience – one which I urge you to consider for 2017.

Helen Fitzpatrick

The MCC London team was:

Tim Burke
Margaret Cormack
Tim Cormack
Helen Fitzpatrick
Paul Fitzpatrick
Brian Hassett 
Andrew Home
Nanette Home
Sue Lansdell
Chris Nixon
Rob Nurse
Rosemary Nurse
Robin Ryan
Raj Vasudev
Linda Willersdorf