On Saturday, February 4th, 11 teams of two met in the Undergraduate Engineering Society’s (also known as the UES) meeting lounge to participate in the  2nd Annual Charity Euchre Tournament at the University of Western Ontario. This year’s tournament was hosted by Meghan Vissers, the 2016-2017 Charity Commissioner for the UES.

With 11 teams, the event lasted around 2 hours in a round-robin style tournament. Upholding classic Canadian euchre style, rules such as the “Canadian Loner” and “No Ace, No Face, No Trump” always helped keep the games interesting; far off shouts of lost tricks and close calls could be heard among those who competed for the top prize. Teams were composed of all disciplines and years of study, many teams entered as strangers and left as friends.

That’s a lot of table talk for Euchre!

There was a three-way tie for first place, and each team will decide if they wish to split the money amongst different charities or come to a consensus on one charity to donate the winnings. The winning teams are as follows: Left and Right Knowles Carter, Right Bower Trump Tricks? Euchred, and Two Tricks One Deck. Many teams drew naming inspiration from the current political situation in the United States, such as “Tricks Not Trump” and “POTUS” to name a couple.

As the UES looks to future tournaments and events, they hope to include other schools for events like the Charity Euchre Tournament. Hoping to bridge the physical distance between Southwestern Ontario engineering societies, events such as euchre tournaments will hopefully entice other schools to reach out and participate in order to raise money for a good cause.

A huge thank you to Meghan Vissers for hosting, organizing and running the event and Ruhmaa Bhatti for photographing the event. Also, thank you to all the teams who came out and participated and made the event run so smoothly.

Author: Rachel Vanderloop

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