The beers continued for a few weeks in 2014, but it went quiet from about the end of the year. Babs re-started it last Saturday (28 March 2015) and we had it again yesterday (4 March 2015). For 28 March 2015, Babs provided the beers but Christian paid for it. Christian had previously pointed out that as he cycles to games, he can't carry the beer. Various methods were suggested at that time.
I'm not sure how Babs keeps track of how many times each person has been "beer sponsor". I've suggested this thread be used to keep track, but so far, it's only been used sporadically.
And the fact of the matter is that the beer sponsor scheme should not interfere with the GIFFA system, not vice versa!
Even if, for whatever reason, a regular player does not get a confirmed place, he can still come and watch the game, and join in the after-game beers. He can even do a non-playing report, for which there is a $1 credit, and for which I am prepared to consider giving priority for the following week's game.
As far as I am conccerned, the Babs's bear sponsor scheme is OPSAGE, not part of the GIFFA system.
As is clear, including from this thread (in particular, the reluctance to use this thread to provide for or develop a more equitable system), Babs's beer sponsor scheme is a private matter between a few Saturday regulars.
I have re-named this thread from "Babsy's Saturday Beer Buds" to "Babs's beer sponsor scheme" to reflect the more serious discussion of the issues that arise, and how it might impact (whether positively or negatively) on our primary routine games.