The Kilvo Cup

Earlier this year we lost a dear friend to cancer. Grant Kilvington, from Melbourne, was a very popular member of the Australian bridge community. He had enjoyed bridge for years –  representing Victoria often, and coaching and mentoring youth teams to gold medals in world championships. He was a true bon vivant, entertaining us many times before and after bridge events for dinner and drinks at his place, and…and… and…he was just so many things!

Greg Lewin decided to organise a bridge event (the Kilvo Cup) in memory of Grant, so he arranged an extraordinary weekend in early November at his country property (Grannes) in Victoria’s Grampians, with an organisational flair that only Greg could produce!

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Laura Ginnan was the chief mastermind/director of the event, aided by Martin Doran.  She did an amazing job, producing score books with the system we were to play (Kilvo Acol and nothing else), and a huge banner with Kilvo Cup emblazoned on it, along with various photos of Grant.

Our score books were littered with Kilvo jokes, recipes and bridge quotes, and the rules were:

Oldest to play with youngest for the first match, and after that first played with last! We played for two days in eight sessions of 12 boards each time.

Six tables of players amassed and what a field it was! Australia’s top young players were there in memory of all that Grant had done for them, plus some of his oldest friends, and a few more players who wanted to be part of it.

Here’s the field:

  • Pete Hollands & Laura Ginnan
  • Justin Mill & Jane Rennie
  • Nathan Mill & Lucy Henbest
  • Max Henbest & Jamie Thompson
  • Joan Butts & Martin Doran
  • Arthur Robbins & Gary Ridgeway
  • Denise Newland & Doug Newlands
  • Gary & Sue Hollands
  • Annette Maluish & Simon Hinge
  • Greg Lewin & Geoff Chettle
  • Alli Stralow & Lauren Shiels
  • Peter Boling & John McRae

So we played for two days in a marquee specially erected for the event, and the winner of the Kilvo Cup turned out to be Arthur Robbins!

Grant’s daughter Emily and son Trevor came out to stay and to present the Kilvo Cup, amidst some fanfare and suitable celebration!

After the weekend the diehards, who didn’t have to leave,  stayed for GOULASH BRIDGE!!! That was something else! and we’re not sure who won that!

Greg’s wife Glenda has a huge project and passion called WAMA (Wildlife Art Museum of Australia) and we saw the magnificent native flora on their property and in the surrounding area. Glenda’s sister and a friend provided the most amazing food for the twenty four of us over the three/four days, and Greg & Glenda were wonderful and tireless hosts – providing almost everything for the players: endless drinks and food, garden tours, visits to their WAMA property, trips to wineries, walks in the Grampians…you name it. 

I don’t think any of us will forget the time we spent with Greg & Glenda at Grannes, in honour of Grant!

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