The Leagues

Check the latest standings:
Junior League
Intermediate League
Judith Howard League

The Intermediate and Junior Leagues

These are the Championship Leagues which the Waikato-Bays have been running for over ten years. Whole generations on now-Open players have taken part in the WB Leagues. They are only for Intermediate and Junior players and players accumulate points over the season.


Skip down to the Attachments to view the downloadable information for the Intermediate and Junior Leagues.

Juniors
For Juniors the six-event series runs from the Cambridge Junior tournament in April through to the Te Awamutu Junior in October. The WBRC voted to quadruple the 2018 $240 prize money for 2019. There is now a pool of $960 to be spread over the top eight placings.

Hamilton 07-Mar
Cambridge 28-Mar
Matamata 02-May
Mt Maunganui 18-Jul
Tauranga 29-Aug
Te Awamutu 11-Oct - includes prize-gving


Intermediates
The eight Intermediate events go from Taupo in February through to Cambridge in October. For the 2020 season the WBRC decided to spread the prize pool evenly over the eight Intermediate events and the six Junior events at the rate of $120 per event. The Intermediates are therefore playing for a pot of $960 and the Juniors for $720. These amounts will be apportioned for the top ten placings.

Taupo 29-Feb
Hamilton 7-Mar
Katikati 17-May
Mt Maunganui 18-Jul
Te Awamutu 15-Aug
Tauranga 29-Aug
Matamata 13-Sep
Cambridge 18-Oct - includes prize-gving

**NEW in 2020** - The Judith Howard League
This is a new Championship League aimed essentially at newly-Open players. Any Waikato-Bays-registered player of the rank of Provincial Master and below may compete. Note: a qualifying player may not partner a non-qualifying player if they wish to get League points in any event.

Skip down to the Attachments to view the downloadable information for the Judith Howard League.


The seven nominated Howard League events run from Waihi in March through to Taupo in October. For the 2020 season eligble participants are playing for a pot of over $2000 generously sponsored by Judith Howard of Matamata. There will be cash prizes to the top ten place-getters plus bonus prizes at each round. The dates and tournaments are:

Waihi All Grades 8B 14-Mar
Mount Maunganui Multi Grade 18-Apr
Morrinsville Open 8B 6-Jun
Rotorua Open 5A 20-Jun
Matamata Open 5A 25-Jul
Te Puke Open 3A 10-Oct
Taupo Open 8B 17-Oct - includes prize-gving

The more of the tournaments listed that you can play in, the more points you will collect and the higher your chances of a prize.

The competitions award points both for participation and for success (final placing and a bonus point each for turning up, getting over 50% average for day or winning a session outright). Ineligible players are not awarded League points if they do not qualify because of grading or home region. Any points that they may have won go into the ether.

In 2020, again, all three leagues are individual competitions so you can either play with the same partner each competition, a different one, or a combination.

Why have these league competitions?
To encourage Junior and Intermediate to play in more tournaments
To encourage players to form partnerships

What is in it for the players?

  • Good bridge
  • New Friends
  • A handsome trophy
  • Lots of $$$

Yes, Waikato Bays is putting up good prize money for the top ten place-getters overall.

It is good fun and gives you the impetus to develop sound friend/partner-ships and a better grasp of the game. Please book your partner(s) in for as many of these excellent tournaments as you can manage!

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