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Rare finesse for Lionel Machado by DOUGLAS JONES
There are no holds barred for Lionel Machado when it comes to indulging in his lifelong passion of Contract Bridge. Time and distance are of no consequence. The indefatigable Treasurer of the Sydney Bens works night shifts for the country’s national postal service Australia Post and sleep depravation does not seem to count for much during his astute forays at bridge tables.

For every Sydney Bens event, Lionel is equally adroit, booking halls, organising caterers and confirming menus. Not only that, he makes sure we have enough money in the kitty to do all these and often, he would pocket out his own personal finances, if necessary, to confirm an urgent and last minute booking that may, otherwise, be lost to his beloved Bens.

What’s more, in all of this, his wife Selvaranee (past pupil of Good Shepherd Convent) a perfect foil, supports him to the hilt.

Lionel Machado who lives in the Sydney suburb of Pendle Hill, has just been selected to represent his club in the State Metropolitan Open Teams competition to take place in Sydney. Lionel and three other members from his Parramatta Bridge Club will play in this prestigious competition under the aegis of the New South Wales Bridge Association. This is a tough and highly competitive event where more than 50 to 60 teams made up of the top bridge players in the State take part.

Featured in the Australian Bridge Federation’s (ABF) 2007 Nationwide Pairs tournament played out on May 5 this year, Lionel and partner Thillaivanan, another Sydney player, finished first from 177 other Bridge playing pairs with an overall score of 3582.564 with a percentage of 67.014 and 2.500 Red Points. The runners-up finished with a score of 3523.902, 65.917 percent and 1.750 Red Points.

Lionel has been playing Contract Bridge for more than 40 years, starting his long stint with the card game from his youth at the Kotahena Catholic Young Mens Association (KCYMA).

On migrating to Australia, he continued his passion for the game by joining the Parramatta Bridge Club and represented the club for the past 20 years. He competes both in Team and Pairs events.

Participating in copious nationwide competitions, Lionel won the highly esteemed Golner Cup in 2005 while playing in the Australian club circuit. Lionel matches his Bridge playing skills with leading regional players in the Summer Festival of Bridge organised by the ABF held annually in the Australian capital, Canberra.

In Australia’s Bridge playing firmament, Lionel is highly ranked as a Life Master, usually offered to players who have accumulated a mandatory number of points in tournaments. For a part time exponent of the card game, this is a sterling achievement.
 Posted by dougjay on September 04 2007 03:47:02 · 0 Comments · 2206 Reads Print
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