Every year we come, there are more and more players. This year was huge! The congress is held in the Convention Centre at Broadbeach. This is what it looked like from our table on day one.
There were 208 teams in the Open, 36 teams in the Seniors, 86 teams in the Intermediate, 72 in Restricted and 34 in the Restricted. With 4 players at the table for each match, that is 1744 players at 436 tables. Many teams were made up of 5 or 6 players. That's a lot of players.
They came from all over Australia, and there were many international teams as well. China, Taiwan, other Asian countries, and a huge representation from New Zealand.
After worrying about the weather (cyclone here the Friday before we arrived) the weather was lovely. Warm, not too hot, no rain, but quite humid. Altogether quite comfortable. I think it is the first year in at least 10 that I haven't had to use my umbrella.
Today was a lay day for us before we head out home in the morning. We spent it at the hotel pool...
Walking on the beach....
|Looking north toward Surfers Paradise (tallest building)|
|Broadbeach & south.|
I also had a stroll through the shopping centre here, and scored a new pair of sandals, on sale what's more.
There's a cute Tea Shop on the first floor. Which had a showcase full of zany tea pots. Apologies for the reflections. Photos taken through glass, so there were reflections on all four sides, plus top and bottom.
These two were pure Alice in Wonderland - a fox on the left, and the queen bee on the right. Really made me smile.
And these two were an owl and a chook. Such fun! I'd have loved them all to add to my little collection.
Til next time.....Keep on stitching.