Letters From The Chair in 2021

Allan Morris writes of his view of things from the Chair of NZB. He addresses several topics including how we're all handling Covid-19 privations, the encouraging growth of membership numbers, the Board's ever-improving financial position, on-line bridge and what's happening with Congress, the AGM, the IP's and the Babich.

Click on any attachment below to read all about it. These letters are filed in dropbox/Waikato-Bays Clubs Info.

What's happening in September

What's happening in SeptemberWhat's happening in September

Dates and Times for Waikato BBO Sessions

We have an initial list of times and dates for playing on BBO in sessions intended for mainly Waikato clubs. There are now eight sessions a week with four afternoon sessions and four evening sessions. Depending on interest and/or demand we could provide more sessions if needed. These sessions are open to anyone in New Zealand. They do not provide NZB Masterpoints. You must be registered with BBO to take part in a tournament

Weekly sessions:

Monday 1 pm Greg Davenport directing
Monday 7 pm Nick Cantlon directing
Wednesday 1 pm Eunice Eccles directing
Thursday 1 pm Greg Davenport directing
Thursday 7 pm Peter Daffurn directing
Friday 1 pm Judith Howard directing
Sunday 7pm Nick Cantlon directing

Latest Covid Advisory #16 - Returning to Clubs

Allan Morris writes of the NZB position on Covid-19 as we enter Level 2.5 lockdonw. Click on any of the attachments below to download each pdf.

Congress Postponed

In a nutshell .. as with the Olympics the 2021 Congress is to be moved to the following year. It is now scheduled for 10th to 17th February 2022. Announcement in the attachment below and further detail has been subsequently published on NZB.

We Have A Winner!

The national competition (known as the Dan Gifford Rubber), is contested annually by one pair from each Region competing for a very attractive prize pool. All Regions run their own qualifying knock-out rounds to decide who is to represent them. Congratulations to Jo and Sam Simpson from Tauranga Bridge Club who won in a cliff-hanger against Brian Gallaher and Brian Sullivan from Waikato Bridge Club. Caught accidentally in the background of Sam & Jo's photo is Rona Driscoll who organises the Rubber Bridge for our region: many thanks to her.

Jo writes: We are delighted to once again represent Waikato Bays for the Dan Gifford Rubber Bridge competition at NZ congress.

WB rubber bridge final

The Waikato Bays rubber bridge competition is drawing to a close. Good luck to the finalists Jo & Sam Simpson from Tauranga Club and Brian Gallaher and Brian Sullivan from Waikato Club. The winner will be representing us in the Dan Gifford Rubber Bridge Competition at National Congress.

Waikato Bays IP Team Awarded PUB CHARITY Grant

The Waikato Bays Regional Committee applied to Pub Charity Ltd for funding to assist our Inter-Provincial representative team with accommodation during the Inter Provincial Championship in Auckland at the end of the year.

We are very pleased to announce that our application for 2021 was again successful. We received $4408.70 which is the full amount we applied for.

Spa Town Teams and Directors Seminar

Due to the Wellington lockdown the Spa Town Teams will allow only players from level 1 areas.

This not only excludes the players from the Wellington Region, but also precludes Allan Joseph from directing the event. Consequently, Allan's Directors Seminar scheduled for the following day, 27 June, is cancelled.

Jan Spaans
WBRC Secretary

WB Leagues Races Hot Up

For many years the Waikato-Bays region has run League competitions for Intermediate and Junior players. Following the model of the Covid-disrupted Judith Howard League of 2020 the WBRC has started up a third league - the Open Restricted competition aimed at retaining the tournament attendance of newly-turned Open players who mostly find that having to swim with The Big Fish can be quite off-putting. The prize list is ring-fenced off from anyone above the rank of National Master.

The aim of all three leagues has been to encourage tournament participation by offering fairly large (by bridge standards) cash prizes for the top ten finishers in each League. With the Rotorua 5A recently finished now is a good time to check out the current standings.

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