Time to Meet Team Saguenay
by Marc Fiset
The players from Team Saguenay - there is a certain
Team Canada, now this is team Saguenay - all come from this region
of 300 000 located 200 km north of Quebec city.
Solange Bouchard is one of the best player
in Canada (She is number 69 in Top 100 Canadian Masterpoint list).
She started bridge in her 20's. The Larousse du Bridge has written
that she has taught bridge to all the active players in our region.
It is not true anymore, but one might argue that without her,
bridge in our region would not enjoy the popularity it has now.
Solange is a fierce competitor who never had the chance to shine
at the highest level, after all she raised 7 children. Solange
has had most of her teammates as students when they started. †Partnering
Solange is Lise Lapointe. They have been playing together
for about 6 years. Lise is the mother of 2 a young daughter and
a husband who has finally agreed to let her play outside the Saguenay!
Their bidding style is weak notrump and 2/1.
Marcelle Tremblay and Patricia Gagnon
have been a pair for a long while. Marcelle is always ready to
play tough bridge, whoever the opponentsshe is not going to back
down : "Bring me Baran!" she used to say. Just as fearless
as her partner, Patricia likes to toy around with the system and
try out new conventions. They are currently playing Major suits
single raise as forcing, 12-14 NT and a 2D bid from the Romex
system. These girls mean business and nobody is going to step
on their toes!
Martine, when she heard that the "usual
team" (Cimon, Gordon, Reus, Demme and Thorpe) was not going
to play in the CWTC, put up the team and asked Solange to captain
for obvious reason. She is playing with Pascale Gaudreault
a very promising 25 year old who has already a regional and a
few sectionals to her credit. Pascale and Martine are playing
for the first time together in competition and have not had much
time to devote to their system prior to the CWTC so have vowed
to play KISS which translates into 2/1, 15-17 NT with two-way
All Saguenay is behind them and whishes them
good luck !