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Information about the great staff at Trumps Bridge Centre...

Directing Staff at Trumps

We are lucky to have a wonderful, supportive team at Trumps.

Derrick Browne administers, directs and teaches at Trumps, as well as writing books and running bridge holidays. He is a former Australian Youth Champion.

Gabbie Pitcher is a popular director and teacher at Trumps.

Nick Hughes directs, writes and teaches. He and wife Nicoleta Giura were the Australian Mixed Pairs Champions. He is inventor of the bidding system Scamp and a technical whiz.

John Newman, noted teacher and director is responsible for some of the lessons available for improvers and advanced players.

Agi Szollos, Alex Kemeny, Anne Cook, Fay Cooney, Gill Chambers, Helena Canaris, Sandeep Niraula and Tina Zines also look after some of our sessions.

In addition, the kitchen is managed by Leonie, ably assisted by Jai, San, Sita, Shree, and Sici.

 

 

Testimonials

'Just a short note to thank you for putting together such a great adventure to Antarctica. Without Derrick's tireless leadership of our group, the voyage would have been limited to the spectacular scenery only. Working behind the scene, you made our venture a holiday never to be forgotten.'

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'Your course yesterday was excellent — informative with not a minute wasted. How you coped with that crowd I don't know — it seemed effortless. You may have to book Mosman Town Hall for your next course (which my partner and I wish to book in for now)!'

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'Dear everyone at Trumps, I was quite overwhelmed to receive your card — it made me feel very special. I miss Trumps very much indeed — it was a big part of my life for over 20 years.'

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'Did you know that I'm a member of the best bridge club in Sydney? Free lessons before play, rewards for winning the session played, a bulletin which I always look forward to. Well done!'

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'Thanks to all the wonderful helpers that make Trumps “trumps!”'

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'Thank you for the get well card sent to me with such caring greetings. It was greatly appreciated. I am feeling extremely well after my operation. I am confident that it will not be too long before I am back at the bridge table.'

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'Kind regards, and a big thank you for your wonderful hospitality — to all the Trumps team, and also my kind partner.'

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'I have been a member of Trumps for over 13 years now, and I feel that, while I am still in possession of all my faculties, I should tell you how much enjoyment I have playing bridge at Trumps. When I retired, a friend had me along to Trumps the following week, and he did me an enormous favour in introducing me to the club. Over the years, Derrick and every member of his staff have always gone to no end of trouble to try and ensure that we always feel at home and are never left out. While Trumps is a business, that seems secondary to making sure everyone is looked after. My retirement has been greatly enhanced by my attendance at Trumps, and I would like to thank everyone involved in running such a fine club.'

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'I tell anyone who will listen that Trumps does more for their players than any other club, always giving lessons before we play, and discussions afterwards. By encouraging us to expand our knowledge, giving lessons at reasonable rates, we all benefit.'

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Dear Derrick: Well you did it. On behalf of our whole bridge group from all over the USA and Canada, I want to thank you and all of your players for a most wonderful evening at Trumps Bridge Centre. Our people just had a great time and the fine dinner was more than we expected. The volunteers, your director - Nick, and all of your players made our traveling group feel welcomed in Sydney. We enjoyed the rest of our adventure in Australia, and returned home safely.

We would love to hear from you, whether you received any comments from your players as well, regarding our evening together.  

Most kind regards and Happy Holidays,                                                                        - Fred Theurkauf (Finesse West Tours)

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Dear Derrick, Melbourne cup day at Trumps was a winner! Congratulation to all who worked so hard to ensure that a good time was had by all. Thank you.                                                                                                                                   - Jan Bates ( Trumps member )

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We are back in France, and people at our bridge club want more of your books! They really like your publications over here at our local Bridge Centre!

                                                                                                                                               - Elizabeth O'Sullivan

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These lessons are fantastic Derrick. Thank you . You have revived my love of Bridge! Regards.                                                                                                                                                                                              - Susan O'Keefe (16.16.2016)

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