Thursday, 30 January 2020

Wednesday January 29

A very robust group of 19 players gathered for the  competition tonight.

Giancarlo Yannoulis was drawn as the jackpot player but was unable to scoop up the cash on this occasion.

The final result was :

1st Hamish Moore

2nd Arthur Ramer

3rd Zhiman Rahmati 

Please ensure that you have the Sydney Open marked in your diary for April 5th at the Canada Bay club. Full details on our Events page.

Giancarlo Yannoulis and Carol Wakelin in the  final match of the night.

Its all in the way you roll. John Symon hopes a flourish will improve his luck against Zhiman Rahmati . Shame it was only a friendly match.

There is always one. Trying to take serious photos of games with  Zhiman Rahmati in the shot is a waste of time.  Luckily susan Wan and Mohammed Nejati  mananged to carry on regardless.

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Wednesday January 22

A slightly reduced complement of 15 rollers arrived to participate in the Wednesday workout tonight.

Giancarlo Yannoulis was picked for the jackpot opportunity but missed out this time.

Final results were -for the 2nd week in a row – a tied result for 1stplace. This time between Jim Bean and Ned Marootians .

Arthur Ramer took the 3rd spot.

If you have not already done so, please mark the 5th of April in your calendar  as the Sydney Open Championship at Canada Bay.

Gary reminded people that observers must make no comment regarding games in play.

I have had a request from an aged care facility in Allambie Heights for a backgammon tutor either fortnightly or weekly on a Sunday afternoon at 3.30. This is a paid position. David Reitzin expressed some interest to me, so if you are also interested talk with David as well re maybe splitting it between two people.

If you are interested please call Tais Froggatt 0411 878 133 or email her on

Another serious confrontation between John Symon and Grayham Rundle

An intense match between David Reitzin and Mohammed Nejati

The final match of the night between Susan Wan and Gary Stavrou drew a crowd of interested observers in Jim Bean ,Kee Yio Wan and Arthur Ramer

Thursday, 16 January 2020

Wednesday January 15

A record 19 players arrived for tonight's competition including an overseas visitor from the UK.

Grayham Rundle was selected as the jackpot player for the evening but was unable to take advantage this time.

The final results were unusual – 2 players tied for equal first :

Ned Marootians and Arthur Ramer

Another two players tied for equal third:

Susan Wan and Giancarlo Yannoulis

The Sydney Open date at Canada Bay was announced tonight – please keep Sunday April 5 free and join the day. Gary has further refined his Swiss format and full details are on our Events page.

Susan Wan and Grayham Rundel  seem to be evenly matched
In the foreground are Angelo Voulgaris and David Reitzin who is demonstrating his famous wrist action

Ben Anderson and John Symon in a later match

Andre Marootians takes on our UK visitor, Paul Bolton

Friday, 10 January 2020

Wednesday January 8

The  first night's play for a new year and a new decade got off to a flying start with 16 players attending, despite a few regulars being missing.

First item on the agenda was drawing the jackpot player  with a healthy $53 on offer it would have been a nice start to the year.

David Layman was selected but was thwarted in his quest to scoop the jackpot up on the first night!

Final placings were:

1st Susan Wan 

2nd Ben Anderson

3rd Mohammad Nejati

Please join our meet-up group – as Gary stated in his note, it looks much better if a group has at least a dozen members.

Go to, create profile with interests in board games only, or more if you want , and it should bring up the group – click join – that's all it takes, and it's free!

I have been a member of meetup for many years and have made quite a few friends whilst attending many social occasions for activities as “mundane” as coffee, dinners and movies, plus a few more “exotic” pastimes – indoor parachuting was probably the most random!! Only downside is, the more groups you join, the more emails you have to trawl through – you soon learn to cull!

Mohammed Nejati looking refresed after the break.

TD Gary Stavrou and Breck McCormack look happy to be back in front of a board.

Ned Marootians presents another happy smiling face.

Grayham Rundle and Susan Wan portray a study in concentration.