The turn-up for the final night of play for 2019 was a record 19 players and the play was spirited for the cash and kudos on offer!!
It was also a bitter sweet night with the announcement of the passing of one of the founding members of Sydney Backgammoners, Eva Bitel, who passed away on Tuesday December 10 following complications from a car accident in late October.
Eva and her late husband Ivor have been an integral part of the Australian backgammon scene for over 40 years and they both worked tirelessly to advance the game and encourage growth in the backgammon community Australia wide.
She will be sadly missed by not only the backgammon family, the Medical fraternity that she had been an active member of, the Bridge community, but also the many others from all walks of life who came in contact with this wonderful warm, caring, intelligent, fierce and funny lady.
Our lives will be richer for knowing her .
The first item of the night was to draw the jackpot player, and Terry Christodoulou was chosen, but failed to collect.
Next came the “decorating”of the the three top-of-the-ladder players with “target” signs so that all of the other players were in absolutely no doubt about the identity of the players we had to take down in order to protect the end-of-year cash for a bigger purse next year.
With Arthur Ramer, Gary Stavrou and Jim Bean duly decorated play commenced.
Final placings were:
1st Ned Marootians
2nd Mohammad Nejati
3rd Arthur Ramer
Arthur Ramer collected the Bonanza Prize of $303, being the dollar equivalent of his points score.
Jim Bean and Gary Stavrou, not being placed on the night, failed to win a cash prize.
Remember that our club is on holidays and will resume on January 8th
with a brand new monthly prize... stay tuned.
|The game between Angelo Voulgaris and John Symon gets a thumbs up from Terry Christodolou with Hamish Moore watching from the sidelines.|
|In the foreground Susan Wan and Ben Anderson play a fun match whilst Zhiman Rahmati and Giancarlo Yannoulis compete in the background.|
|A target-wearing Gary Stavrou is challenged by Marie Chandler.|