The South Australian Bridge Association (SABA)
SABA is the largest bridge club in South Australia, it was was formed in 1933, then members met in various rented properties. In 1970 the present property was purchased, with a large playing hall, office and kitchen. An annexe added in 1978 where lessons are held, and a lounge was added in 1993 where players can have lunch and meet before and after play, free tea, coffee, water and cordial is provided.
SABA is a not for profit organization run by a committee and employs a manager, admin assistant, teacher, directors, tutors and kitchen staff. (Sandwiches can be ordered for lunch). There are over 1300 members.
Sessions are held at six locations, six days (Mon to Sat) and four nights (Mon to Thur) a week. All levels of play are catered for from beginners to advanced and supervised play for those who need extra assistance. Sessions are held at Unley, Walkerville, Fullarton, Somerton Park, Campbelltown and Stirling Golf Club.
Our Missions Statement
“To be a successful bridge club by providing a friendly, fair and competitive environment for the enjoyment of bridge at all levels.”
What is Bridge?
The form of bridge played at SABA is called ‘contract bridge’ and was invented in 1925. It is the most popular card game in the world with over 100 countries as members of the World Bridge Federation. The estimated number of bridge players worldwide exceeds 60 million. Bridge is played by four players and is a partnership game with one partnership opposing the other.
The advantages of bridge include:
- You can play in any weather.
- There is no age barrier. Players as young as five have been known to play and players in their eighties have competed effectively in and won world championships.
- Bridge will keep you mentally alert in your latter years and quite probably will therefore help you live longer. There is a negative correlation between bridge players and those suffering from Alzheimer’s.
- It is possible to play bridge despite severe physical handicaps. Deaf people can play, as can blind people. There have been blind competitors in the world championships.
- It is relatively inexpensive to play.
- You can play socially or competitively. Either way the game offers a significant challenge.
- You can meet lots of new people at bridge clubs.
Much of the popularity of bridge is that it can be played at many levels – socially, at bridge clubs (from beginners to advanced) and in tournaments. Bridge played at clubs is called duplicate bridge as the hands are duplicated so that the same hands are played by each partnership.