Australian Embassy

Australian and Indonesian Youth Battle It Out in Bridge

Media Release

13 December 2017

Young bridge players from Australia and Indonesia have gone head to head in the inaugural Australia-Indonesia Youth Bridge Championship in Depok this week.

The Australian Embassy is pleased to have supported four Australian players to compete in the championship that was organised in conjunction with the Indonesia Contract Bridge Association (GABSI) and the Australian Bridge Federation.

The teams battled it out in a two-day competition at the Margo Hotel from 11 to 12 December.

The Indonesian team took home the trophy after a solid performance in the seven sessions and a total score of 273 points against Australia’s 222 points.

Representatives of the Australian Embassy joined GABSI President Dr. dr. Eka Wahyu Kasih and officials from the Australian and Indonesian bridge federations at the presentation ceremony on 12 December.

“Australians and Indonesians share a love of games, and exchanges between young people, such as this championship, play a key role in building connections between our two nations,” said Australian Deputy Head of Mission to Indonesia, Allaster Cox.

He also acknowledged the contribution of Australian Geoffrey Gold, who helped initiate the competition.

Dr Eka said the championship had strengthened ties between the bridge communities of Australia and Indonesia.

“We are very happy with the performance of our young players in the past few days. We are glad to work together with the Australian Embassy and the Australian Bridge Federation to make this event possible,” he said.

Bridge will make its Asian Games debut in Indonesia in 2018.

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