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Women have done it AGAIN !

Women have done it AGAIN !

Well done to the "Divas" the women's team (obviously) who won the Boston Cup this year. The team was: Rachelle Pelkman, Jo Simpson, Shirley Bain, Melanie Rex & Andrea Andresen.

Not only that, the women took out the quinella by winning the handicap event as well.  That team was: Shirley Knight, Bev McGregor, Pat Ware, Carolyn Parker & Margaret Wakelin.  You would have to say, they were one of the best dressed teams on the night as well. 

The Boston Cup which has now been running for 51 years !  This is amazing.  Who would have thought back in 1968 when it started, it would still be alive today and also a lot of fun !

Here is the history of the Boston Cup

A member, Yvonne Gordon, donated the cup in 1968 in memory of her husband, Don who donated the trophy for the "Don Gordon" Singles.  Yvonne's request was that it was a competition between men’s and women’s teams and that the trophy be known as the Boston Cup. No one knew why it was called this until researching the history for our 50th Jubilee, we discovered that Yvonne came from a place called Boston in Lincolnshire, England.  So the mystery surrounding how this event got its name was solved 40 years after the event started !

For the first two years of th event, women were the victors and since then there has been an even mix of the sexes winning the event.

About 20 years ago, Karen Martelletti and Judy Pawson gave all the teams a name – and the hitherto the somewhat sedate nature of the competition was gone forever! The last night of the Boston Cup has become a chance to bring out sewing machines, raid opportunity shops, visit emporia and $2 shops, over-dress, under-dress and cross-dress.

On the first such occasion the ‘Country Girls’ (Jan Anderson, Pam Bell, Lynne Smyth and Pat Ware) arrived in gumboots, ancient farm gear and straw. Since that bucolic beginning, each team has tried to outdo the next and the Parade of Teams bears a greater resemblance to a cabaret than an evening of bridge! Who will ever forget “The Bad Habits”, “The Has Beens”, “Adam and Eve”, “The Hopefuls”, “The Invincibles”, “The Royal Flush”, “The Boston Tea Party”, "The Cheaters", "4 Hors", "The Kelly Gang", "The Trump Team", "The Bridge Wardens", "Bring Home the Bacon", "Knights of the Round Table", "Busted", "The Leading Ladies", "No Jokers", "Grand Mistresses", "Gays Fowls", "TOPPs", "Stop Cards", "M & Ms" to name quite a few ?

In 2002 we hit the news and there was a photo and article in the local paper

3/4 of the "G Girls" and winners of the handicap event

Posted: Wednesday 6 June 2018

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