The McDermott Cup Is a regional competition held annually by the Lismore Bridge Club. It is named after Francis and Molly McDermott who were early members and long time supporters of the Club. It is a bit unusual in that it is a competition between clubs in the local area, who choose representative teams, rather than being open to all comers.
Each club chooses two four person teams, one in the open section, and one in the restricted, which is under 200 masterpoints. The open and restricted teams compete separately within their classification, with the trophy being awarded to the club with the best result when the results for the two sections are aggregated. The open and restricted sections are scored on Victory points, and the overall result on the number of wins
The clubs competing for the 2019 competition, held on 19 May, were Twin Towns, Tweed Heads, Ballina, Lennox Head and Lismore. As there were only five teams, a modified Whist movement was used. We played three rounds of four, four and six boards against each team. At the end of the day, for the first time, Twin Towns were the winners. They lost one match for a total of seven wins. Lismore was second with four and a half and Ballina third with four wins.