Two of three Western Province based pairs to compete in a field of 14 trialists for the 2014 Commonwealth Games proved successful in securing berths in the three-pair team to travel to Glasgow, Scotland in early September. The trials, held in Johannesburg involved 208 hands in a complete round robin, scored on an international matchpoint scale across the field, then converted to victory points. Accountant Imtiaz Kaprey and his pharmacist partner Maureen Narunsky (151.50VPs) won narrowly from Johannesburg’s Diana Balkin/Maureen Holdroyd (147.37), with The Cape Argus bridge correspondent, Alan Simmonds and Lorraine Weers (146.77) in third place.
The latter pair narrowly missed disqualification for arriving late for the finals session, when in the lead and were penalised. A second team comprising the fourth to sixth pairs (Durban/Johannesburg) – Joe Zindel/Larry Chemaly, Peta Balderson/Jenny Gautschi, Bev Hewitt/Trish Crosse – will also take part, but not as official representatives who play for medals.
Bridge is an official Olympic sport and falls under the auspices of SASCOC and the SA Bridge Federation, whose president Marx Oliff said in Durban today, “Our top team played magnificently throughout the exhaustive and exhausting trials. They well surprise some of the more fancied nations in Glasgow.”
Photo: The bridge team to represent South Africa at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland in September.