Old hand shares skill

By Anne-Marie Emerson


Monica Sutherland of Eketahuna doesn't need to go far to find someone to play euchre with.

Euchre - and card games in general - are popular pastimes in Mrs Sutherland's family.

The 92-year-old is in Wanganui to compete in euchre at the Masters Games and has brought with her daughter Joan Smith and granddaughter Tracey Smith.

All three competed on Wednesday in the singles, and Mrs Sutherland won a gold medal.

Mrs Sutherland's daughter was playing golf yesterday but Mrs Sutherland and her granddaughter competed together in the pairs.

It's the second time Mrs Sutherland has played euchre in the Masters Games, and it's the second time she's won a medal.

"Of course, it's very nice to win a gold medal," she said.

Mrs Sutherland said she has played euchre for as long as she can remember, as her parents were keen on the game.

And now she's pleased the generations following her are also playing.

"I taught Tracey everything she knows about euchre, and a lot more besides. She's a very, very good player."

Ms Smith said euchre was a social game and she enjoys coming to the Masters Games for the camaraderie.

"I like catching up with old friends and making new friends," she said.

"And I really enjoy spending time with my mum and nana."

- Wanganui Chronicle

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