The IPs

SilverwareSilverware2019 Inter-Provincial Trials

Date: 11 and 12 May (please note 2 days)
Entries Close: Saturday 4 May 2019
Cost of Entry $30 per player. Please note: Lunch is NOT provided.
Venue: Tauranga Bridge Club
Time: 10 am start Saturday and 9.30 am Sunday

If you need a billet, please contact Norm or Karen at the Tauranga Bridge Club Email:, Phone: (07) 576 5022

2019 Inter Provincial Trials Format
The Regional committee has had a lot of comments over the years about the format of the trials. Some constructive, some very negative. For 2019 we will divert from the format where the three categories were combined in one Swiss Pairs event, and that players had a first, second or even third choice to pick a category to play in, as long as they were high enough in the Swiss Pairs ladder.

In 2019 players will have to choose which category they wish to trial for, either Open, or Senior, or Women. We will run a round robin or double round robin for each of these categories. Should we end up with a different number of pairs in the groups, we will adjust the number of boards each group plays. The top two pairs at the end of the trial will represent our region at the IPs.

The trial for the Intermediate team remains unchanged, as in if sufficient entries, they will have their own trial, either be Swiss Pairs or Pairs with Cross IMPs scoring format. If insufficient numbers, the team will be selected.

2019 Inter-Provincial Finals
NZ Bridge is continuing to hold this event as four “man” teams separate to the National Congress. This year it will be in Christchurch on November 23, 24 and 25 November. Please note that the finals have a huge impact on our finances. We will apply for a grant towards the costs, but there is no guarantee we will receive any funding. Therefore please be aware that the region will only be able to fund accommodation on a twin-share basis. NZ Bridge may announce a flight subsidy for this event.

Rona Driscoll
Chairperson – Waikato Bays Regional Committee

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