Ballarat Festival of Bridge 2016 under way

 BROTHERS: Peter Giles and Richard Giles at the first Ballarat Festival of Bridge. Picture: Kate Healy

BROTHERS: Peter Giles and Richard Giles at the first Ballarat Festival of Bridge. Picture: Kate Healy

TWO brothers from different states got down to business around the card table in Ballarat on Thursday.

Ballarat Bridge Club president Richard Giles and his younger brother, Canberra Bridge Club president Peter Giles, faced off at the inaugural Ballarat Festival of Bridge.

They organised the four-day festival after realising it was unique in Australian bridge to have two brothers as presidents at different clubs.

“So over the time we have discussed the idea and have been encouraged by members of the Australian Bridge Federation and the Canberra and Victoria Bridge associations to develop a program,” Richard said.

“The Ballarat Festival of Bridge started on Wednesday night with 22 visitors from Canberra participating in the Rosebowl Competition.”

Richard said he hoped the festival would be held annually, making it a regional Victorian feature event following the Ballarat Begonia Festival.