Local bridge duo win the National Simultaneous Pairs

Local bridge duo win the National Simultaneous Pairs

By Colin Gannon

TWO local bridge players are celebrating this week after they triumphed in a national Simultaneous Pairs competition, reports Colin Gannon.

Tallaght pair Hugh O’Neill and Tony McGowan, both long-standing members of Tallaght Bridge Club, came first in a field of 1,300 pairs with an average score of 75.73 per cent.

Tallaght Bridge club SIMS pairs 2017

The competition took place on November 7 at Phoenix Bridge Club in Sligo and players from 68 clubs throughout the country played with the same pre-set hands of cards.

Tallaght Bridge Club meet at 7.15pm every Tuesday night in the Maldron Hotel in Tallaght.

The club’s treasurer Anne Biddulph told The Echo that “new members are always welcome to this friendly and sociable club, with two different sections catering for a range of abilities.”

A community grant from South Dublin County Council allowed the club to introduce new technology, which Biddulph says the club’s members are still coming to grips with.

Bridge Mates is a wireless bridge scoring system which allows for more accurate and speedy scoring during games. The recent introduction of this technology has resulted in “increased enjoyment for all players”.

For further information you can contact club officers Mary at 087 6446056 or Anne at 087 6242368. All are welcome, whether it’s to compete like Hugh and Tony, or just to relax and socialise.