Newcastle Backgammon Club

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Edition Date 15/08/2017 22:32
Next Meeting:

Friday August 25th, Round 14, 2017 Club Championship
and Round 4 of the President's Trophy qualifying.
6.45pm Registration. 7.15pm Start
at Charlestown Bowling Club

2017 Newcastle Open
Round 12 Results
2017 Australian Open
Change of date for Round 20

 

2017 NEWCASTLE OPEN
 

Entries are being accepted for the 2017 Newcastle Open which will be held at Charlestown Bowling Club on Sunday, September 17th, starting at 10 am.
The tournament will be conducted under the same system as last year with round robin qualifiers (winners moving into the knockout final) and a knockout Consolation.

Details are on the Open Details page via this link .

2017 Round 13

Round Thirteen of the 2017 Club Championship was played on August 11th with 12 players in three groups at Charlestown Bowling Club.
Brian Ramsey has moved to a 5 point lead on a surging Gerhardt Macor. Tony Walker has dropped back to 3rd in front of Robert Disney. Mick Dyett returned from his New Zealand Open runner up to win his round robin to jump back to 6th just behind Adrian Marisescu.

Winners of round 12 were Brian Ramsey, Gerhardt Macor and Mick Dyett
The tables page is here.

The 2017 Captain's Trophy Divisions were conducted at the Club meeting on June 30th.
The top 2 players to the end of the half year kept up their form.
Brian Ramsey won the Captain's First Division from Adrian Marisescu, 7-2 in the final. The Second Division was won by Alan Cathcart who defeated Dave Bower, 7 points to 3. The grids are below.

Players are reminded that should there be any dispute during the playing of a match to please ask for a ruling at the time. We have enough experienced players capable of giving a verdict on any problem that may arise during a match. Copies of the rules are always in the box for perusal at any time.

Change of Date for Round 20

11/4/17: Please be advised that Round 20, the last competition round of 2017, has been moved forward a week to November 10th (originally the 17th).
Apologies for any inconvenience but it is 7 months notice :-)

2017 Australian Open

Please find below the flyer for the 2017 Australian Open:

 

2017 New Zealand Open

Mick Dyett has finished second in the New Zealand Open completed today (July 23rd) to local player Julie Hillis.
Pictures below courtesy of Sharne Roxby via Facebook.

 

2017 Captain's Trophy First Division Final    
             
1 ADRIAN MARISESCU 7          
    ADRIAN MARISESCU 7      
8 GREG MITCHELL 4          
             
        ADRIAN MARISESCU 2  
5 TONY WALKER 7          
    TONY WALKER 5      
4 GERHARDT MACOR 3          
             
        BRIAN RAMSEY    
3 ROBERT DISNEY 0     WINNER    
    MICK DYETT 5      
6 MICK DYETT 7          
             
        BRIAN RAMSEY 7  
7 MICHELLE TAUBMAN 3          
    BRIAN RAMSEY 7      
2 BRIAN RAMSEY 7          
             
7  POINTS   7  POINTS   7 POINTS    


 

2017 Captain's Trophy Second Division Final    
             
1 BRUCE PARR 7          
    BRUCE PARR 4      
8 BYE 0          
             
        ALAN CATHCART 7  
5 LES PIERPOINT 0          
    ALAN CATHCART 7      
4 ALAN CATHCART 7          
             
        ALAN CATHCART    
3 ROBERT SEBOK 7     WINNER    
    ROBERT SEBOK 3      
6 IAN DEWS 0          
             
        DAVID BOWER 3  
7 COSTEA IANCULESCU 3          
    DAVID BOWER 7      
2 DAVID BOWER 7          
             
7  POINTS   7  POINTS    7 POINTS    

 

EXTRAORDINAY GENERAL MEETING

For full details on the result of the Extraordinary General Meetings of the Newcastle Backgammon Club (19/5/17 adjourned to 2/6/17) please see the AGM page.

Club Challenge: Newcastle B.C. vs Sydney B.C.

The Sydney Backgammon Club team defeated the Newcastle Club team for the Club Challenge Trophy which was played at The Diggers @ The Entrance Club on Sunday, March 5th.
Newcastle led 4/2 after the first round but that was the last we saw of a chance at a successful defence of the Trophy with Sydney winning 9 of the last 12 matches for an 11-7 victory.
The Diggers club was a very nice venue and should be the venue for future events of this type if it can be arranged.
Congratulations to the winning team of John Hedge, Martin Sagradian, Jim Bean, Richard Jedychowski, Masoud Heidari and Arthur Ramer.
The Newcastle team was Robert Disney, Mick Dyett, Michelle Taubman, Gerhardt Macor, Tony Walker and Costea Ianculescu.

The Sydney Team The Newcastle Team

2017 AGM

The details of the Newcastle Backgammon Club AGM held on January 27th can be found via this link

2016 Presentation Night

The 2016 Club Presentation Night was held on December 2nd at Charlestown Bowling Club, the current "home" of the Newcastle Backgammon Club.
The night began with a number of members taking part in a few heads of barefoot bowls on the CBC's synthetic green. Most had not played bowls before and whilst styles varied from the "norm" a good time was had by all.
The dinner was held in a section of the Function room which was all too large for our modest group but greatly appreciated.
Winners were:
Club Champion: Mick Dyett
Runner Up: Tony Walker
Third: Brian Ramsey
Top 8 Trophy: Bruce Parr
President's Trophy: Brian Ramsey / Les Pierpoint
Captain's Trophy: Adrian Marisescu / Greg Hern
Thanks to Charlestown Bowling Club for hosting all our competition this year and to all members for their continued support of the Newcastle Backgammon Club.
To all players and members of the NBC Facebook pages, Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous 2017 !

Club Championship Trophies

Collecting for Tony Walker, 2nd Club Championship, Michelle Taubman

Club Champion, Mick Dyett

3rd Club Championship, Brian Ramsey

 
   

Top 8 Trophy Winner, Bruce Parr

   

Top 8 Trophy Result

Bruce Parr won his second consecutive Top 8 Trophy by beating Brian Ramsey 9-0 in this year's Final on November 25th. The bracket is below.
Picture shows the start of the Final, Bruce Parr (left) vs Brian Ramsey. Photo courtesy of Michelle Taubman.

2016 Willy Backes Memorial Top 8    
             
1 MICK DYETT 7          
    MICK DYETT 3      
8 ALAN CATHCART 4          
             
        BRUCE PARR 9  
5 BRUCE PARR 7          
    BRUCE PARR 7      
4 ADRIAN MARISESCU 6          
             
        BRUCE PARR    
3 GREG MITCHELL 5     WINNER    
    COSTEA IANCULESCU 6      
6 COSTEA IANCULESCU 7          
             
        BRIAN RAMSEY 0  
7 ROBERT SEBOK 3          
    BRIAN RAMSEY 7      
2 BRIAN RAMSEY 7          
             
7  POINTS   7  POINTS   9 POINTS    

 

President's Trophy Results

Brian Ramsey has won the 2016 President's Trophy defeating David Bower 7-6 in the Final on November 18th. The second division was won by Les Pierpoint, 7-5, over Adrian Marisescu. Final brackets are below

2016 President's Trophy Final    
             
1 TONY WALKER 3          
    COSTEA IANCULESCU 2      
8 COSTEA IANCULESCU 7          
             
        BRIAN RAMSEY 7  
5 BRIAN RAMSEY 7          
    BRIAN RAMSEY 7      
4 ROBERT DISNEY 2          
             
        BRIAN RAMSEY    
3 GREG MITCHELL 4     WINNER    
    DAVID BOWER 7      
6 DAVID BOWER 7          
             
        DAVID BOWER 6  
7 ROBERT SEBOK 5          
    GERHARDT MACOR 2      
2 GERHARDT MACOR 7          
             
7  POINTS   7  POINTS   7 POINTS    

 

2016 PRESIDENT'S TROPHY SECOND DIVISION    
             
9 ALAN CATHCART            
    ALAN CATHCART 3      
16 BYE            
             
        LES PIERPOINT 7  
13 LES PIERPOINT 7          
    LES PIERPOINT 7      
12 BRUCE PARR 5          
             
        LES PIERPOINT    
11 ADRIAN MARISESCU       WINNER    
    ADRIAN MARISESCU 7      
14 BYE            
             
        ADRIAN MARISESCU 5  
15 BYE            
    MICHELLE TAUBMAN 3      
10 MICHELLE TAUBMAN            
             
7 points   7 points   7 points    

The Top 8 Trophy

The results of the 2016 Willy Backes Memorial Top 8 Trophy Final are below.

2016 Willy Backes Memorial Top 8    
             
1 MICK DYETT 7          
    MICK DYETT 3      
8 ALAN CATHCART 4          
             
        BRUCE P 9  
5 BRUCE PARR 7          
    BRUCE PARR 7      
4 ADRIAN MARISESCU 6          
             
        BRUCE PARR    
3 GREG MITCHELL 5     WINNER    
    COSTEA IANCULESCU 6      
6 COSTEA IANCULESCU 7          
             
        BRIAN RAMSEY 0  
7 ROBERT SEBOK 3          
    BRIAN RAMSEY 7      
2 BRIAN RAMSEY 7          
             
7  POINTS   7  POINTS   9 POINTS    


2016 Australian Open

Grant Hoffman of New Zealand has won his second consecutive Australian Open defeating Newcastle's Gerhardt Macor 15-9 in the Final on November 13th. It is also the second year in a row that Grant has defeated a Newcastle player for the title after beating Bruce Parr for the 2015 title. The semi-finalists were Darren O'Shaughnessy and Richard Crawley-Boevey.
Adrian Marisescu took out the Jackpot tournament. Congratulations to all concerned.

 

Be advised that Wednesday night backgammon in Sydney has moved to the Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel, 2 Bourke St, Woolloomooloo as of September 27th. Contact John Hedge ( johnhedge@gmail.com ) for further details.

2016 NEWCASTLE OPEN

Simon Woodhead of the Gold Coast is the 2016 Newcastle Open winner which was held in the Lincoln Room at Charlestown Bowling Club on Sunday, September 18th. 

Photos and report on the Open Details page.

 

Club Challenge Report

The Newcastle Backgammon Club team took out the 2016 Club Challenge from the Persian Rose Club team at the Shelly Beach Surf Club on August 28th.
The two teams of six players were drawn from the hat into groups of 3 with the NBC "Team A" playing individual matches against the PRBC "Team A" and the "Team B" players doing likewise.
At the lunch break 7 matches had been completed with the PRBC holding a 4-3 margin. Lunch in the Surf Club restaurant was considered by all to be value for money and can be recommended.
Back in the playing room and the evenness of the competition continued. The team A side of the draw completed their matches first and with the last 3 matches of the B side all in play the PRBC led 8-7 with a score advantage in 2 of the matches. Michelle Taubman and Mick Dyett both came from behind to kick Newcastle 9-8 up leaving it to Gerhardt Macor to complete the victory and be the only player of the 12 to win all 3 of his matches on the day.
With thank to John Hedge for his part in organization of the day and the Shelly Beach Surf Club for their hosting of the event.
The full teams were: NBC- Mick Dyett (C), Michelle Taubman , Robert Disney , Tony Walker , Gerhardt Macor and Costea Ianculescu.
PRBC- John Hedge (C) , John Symon, Martin Sagradian , Mark Catusanu, Michael Mills, and Ian Dunstan.

Shelly Beach, NSW Central Coast

Team Newcastle

Playing room

Trophy

The two teams (Costea absent)

 

 

The 2016 Captain's Trophy flights were played on June 17th, 13 players attended.

The Top flight was taken out by Adrian Marisescu over Robert Disney, 7/3. Adrian defeated Tony Walker and Brian Ramsey on his way to the Final.
Greg Hern outlasted Michelle Taubman 7/6 in the Second flight.
The grids for both divisions are below.

2016 Captain's Trophy Top Flight      
             
1 MICK DYETT 7          
    MICK DYETT 1      
8 ROBERT SEBOK 2          
             
        ROBERT DISNEY 3  
5 BRUCE PARR 1          
    ROBERT DISNEY 7      
4 ROBERT DISNEY 7          
             
        ADRIAN MARISESCU    
3 TONY WALKER 4     WINNER    
    ADRIAN MARISESCU 7      
6 ADRIAN MARISESCU 7          
             
        ADRIAN MARISESCU 7  
7 GREG MITCHELL 0          
    BRIAN RAMSEY 4      
2 BRIAN RAMSEY 7          
             
7  POINTS   7  POINTS   7 POINTS    

 

2016 Captain's Trophy 2nd Flight    
             
1 LES PIERPOINT 7          
    LES PIERPOINT 2      
8 BYE 0          
             
        MICHELLE TAUBMAN 6  
5 JULIE CASTLES 4          
    MICHELLE TAUBMAN 7      
4 MICHELLE TAUBMAN 7          
             
        GREG HERN    
3 GREG HERN 7     WINNER    
    GREG HERN 7      
6 BYE 0          
             
        GREG HERN 7  
7 BYE 0          
    RICK GRAHAM 5      
2 RICK GRAHAM 7          
             
7  POINTS   7  POINTS    7 POINTS    


Mick Dyett is the 2016 NSW Open winner, defeating Arthur Ramer 17-10 in Sunday's final at the Persian Rose restaurant, Turramurra.
Newcastle was assured of a finalist as Tony Walker and Mick played in the semi final. Arthur beat Shadi Athari to reach the final. Photos below, the presentations being made by Persian Rose proprietor Taeed Athari. Photos courtesy of Sharne Roxby via Facebook.

The 2016 NSW Open Final, Arthur vs Mick

2016 Champion, Mick Dyett

Arthur Ramer, Runner up

Semi Finalists, Shadi and Tony




Long time Newcastle Open attendee Alex Ivanovski defeated Zvi Bendavid in the final of the Persian Rose Easter Tournament. Three Newcastle players, Mick Dyett, Greg Mitchell and Gerhardt Macor made the last 8 but all were defeated in the first round of the finals.
Congratulations Alex!


Newcastle Backgammon Club membership is $10 per year and competition fees are $5 per night. The winner of each round robin (groups of 3 or 4, depending on the number of players) receives $10.

The Newcastle Backgammon Club AGM was held at Charlestown Bowling Club on January 26th, 2016. The meeting is summarised on the AGM page.

After some 6 or 7 years at Alder Park Bowling Club, Newcastle Backgammon Club is moving in 2016 to Charlestown Bowling Club, 5 Lincoln Street, Charlestown, from January 15th. Charlestown BC features underground parking, late night closing and modern amenities. http://charlestownbc.com.au/

The entrance to the CBC car park is off Ferris Street but MUST be approached from the Club side of Ferris Street. If you approach from the football oval side you have to drive around the block to get to the other side. If you come straight through Charlestown on the highway, turn at the lights at the end of the football oval onto Lincoln Street and bear right onto Ferris towards Charlestown Square. If approaching from the back of Charlestown Square, which is Canberra St but turns into Patricia Avenue at the back of the Bowling Club, turn off Patricia onto Lincoln at the roundabout, go past the CBC main entrance and turn left onto Ferris towards Charlestown Square. The parking lot entrance is about 30m from the turn.

John Hedge advises that the Persian Rose group that was meeting last year has now developed into the Persian Rose Backgammon Club with the following details:
We meet every Tuesday evening at The Persian Rose Restaurant 13/1380-1388 Pacific Hwy, Turramurra NSW 2074. 6pm for a 6:30pm start.
Anyone who knows they'll be there but are running slightly late can send me a text (+61 415 987 388) to be entered into the draw.
We run groups of 4 and/or 3 round robins of 5 point matches. Winners go through to a KO.
Club membership is $30 p.a. and evening entry of $5.
There is a weekly Jackpot of $10 which is won by a player drawn at the beginning of the evening winning the KO. The balance of the entry is paid out 66/33% winner, RU of the KO.
Jackpot not won by year's end will be added to the club championship purse which will pay on a 50%, 25%, 15%, 10% basis to the winner, RU, 3rd and 4th.
Visitors are welcome. ($5 entry only)
All money is returned as trophies and prizes.

Tony Walker has won his 17th Newcastle Backgammon Club Championship by 5 points after the last round of competition. Runner up was the defending Champion, Brian Ramsey, whilst Alan Cathcart won the draw for 3rd spot. The final tables are posted here


The Presentation Night was held on Friday, December 4th, 2015 at Alder Park Bowling Club. Photos of the night via this link .

The Persian Rose Christmas Tournament on Sunday, November 29, 2015 was won by Newcastle's Greg Mitchell. Congratulations Greg!

The 2015 Newcastle Open Backgammon Tournament was played on Sunday, September 20th at Club Kotara , Howell St, Kotara. 
Full details are on the Open Details page.
 
The Sydney Live Backgammon League kicked off on April 1st, 2015
Details for ongoing rounds are available at the website
 http://www.LiveBackgammonLeague-Sydney.org . Contact John Hedge for any involvement at  johnhedge@gmail.com

All players are reminded that being available by 7:15, so the draw can be organised, is appreciated. Those who know they will be late should contact BRUCE PARR on 0410892496.
It is also asked that players move on in a timely manner from match to match, without any undue delay.


The club held it's 2016 AGM on January 26th followed by a Round robin tournament. The results of the AGM are on this page .

For many years the club has issued a newsletter called The Blotter on an "as needed" basis. With the advent of the website, a natural progression for issuing information is the development of this page.
All the latest information regarding club activities, including finals, tournaments, visits etc will be posted here on a fortnightly basis.
Club members are welcome to submit items of interest (both related and non-related to Backgammon) so as there is always something new to view! Other club Tournament organizers may also submit information which may be of interest to our members.

 

 

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