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What's happening in September

What's happening in SeptemberWhat's happening in September

2019 Babich Nationwide Pairs Champions from Rotorua

Ruth Lewis and Trish Stephens take Gold!

Trish and RuthTrish and RuthA fantastic achievement, playing against over thousand other pairs from clubs across New Zealand, Ruth and Trish took top place on the podium. With fourteen pairs playing in the event at Rotorua, Ruth and Trish won with a fantastic score of 69.35%.

When this score was evaluated by X-Clubs against everyone else who had played the same hands throughout New Zealand, they had done even better and increased their final score to 75.67%, leading the field by a clear 6%, a remarkable feat against such a high quality field.

Waikato-Bays Junior League kicks off in Cambridge

Bernadette and HesterBernadette and HesterA last minute entry into the Waikato Bays Junior Bridge Championship League by four players from Waitomo Bridge Club had excellent results for their club. The first tournament was hosted by Cambridge Bridge Club and, competing against players from across Waikato, Bernadette Barry Addy and her partner Hester Bolitho won the first event. Cambridge husband and wife team, Chris and Hennie Van Empel were close behind and Bob and Ros Strawbridge, also from Waitomo came in third. The next event in the series will be hosted by Matamata Beridge Club on May 4th.

OMOKOROA’s Recipe for Success.

Omokoroa's LearnersOmokoroa's Learners• Take one happy friendly Bridge Club whose numbers, due to their average age, are sadly slowly declining.
• Take 34 Players wanting to keep their Bridge Club alive.
• Have a keen Captain and Committee ready to try anything.
• Take all members of the club getting behind their leaders and ready to give them support.
• Add Jane Stearns “How to Rejuvenate a Bridge Club”.
• Add a dash of NZB support and W/Bays RBM

Congratulations to Waikato Bay’s winners in the Inter-Provincial Trials.

Intermediate IP TeamIntermediate IP TeamThroughout New Zealand last weekend, keen Bridge players were competing for the honour of playing for their Region in the Inter-Provincial Teams, a national competition which will be held in November in Auckland.

The trials to represent our Region were held in Tauranga over two days. Four teams of four players were selected to represent Open, Seniors, Women’s and Intermediate groups.

Tops for Taupo!

Sharon and SheilaSharon and SheilaCambridge Bridge Club hosted the first session of the Waikato Bays Junior Championship League on Saturday. An excellent day was had by all 31 pairs, many of whom travelled considerable distance to compete. The long journey was well worth the effort for Sharon Barton and Sheila Taylor from Taupo who took first place.

Bridge and BarBQ in the Garden

Absolutely Fabulous!Absolutely Fabulous!Once again, the members of the Cambridge Bridge Club enjoyed a fantastic afternoon of Bridge hosted by Anne and David Blewden at their Kaipaki home with great views over the valley. Ten tables were set out beneath a mature oak tree providing shade from the sun and shelter from the breeze. We played a Rainbow movement in which each hand was played with a different partner. Joyce Catchpole was our Fairy at the Bottom of the Garden. Play commenced; two hours of enjoyment, playing with and meeting new people. The arrival of players’ real-life-partners, who chatted on Dave’s brand new beautifully completed patio signalled it was time for the BarBQ. With meat and drinks provided by the club, a feast of steaks, sausages, kebabs and wine accompanied by a magnificent spread of delicious salads and desserts provided by members.

The Commonwealth Nations' Bridge Championships

Representing New Zealand, a squad of six players including two from Waikato Bays region, Barry Jones and his partner Jenny Millington, members of the Hamilton Bridge Club, will be taking part in the fifth Commonwealth Nations' Bridge Championships. The other members of the team, from Christchurch,include John and Jane Skipper and John Wignall and Kris Wooles. Australia hosts this year’s Championships which will take place at the Gold Coast Convention Centre between the 14th–18th February.

Allan Joseph Delivers Seminars for Directors

Allan's mantra for the recently introduced Law 23 concerning Comparable Calls is ... "The same, similar, or more precise meaning or a call of similar purpose".

The Cambridge club hosted one of Allan Joseph's two director's seminars over the first weekend in February. Sponsored by the Waikato Bays Regional Committee, at no cost to members and with lunch provided, twenty keen bridge players from several clubs in the area attended. Allan was welcomed and introduced by Vicki, the Cambridge President.

The Wisdom of Solomon

Submitted by Eunice Eccles on Mon, 2018/02/05 - 6:32pm.

Organised by Anna, an exciting and informative evening was held on Friday evening, at the Te Aroha Bridge Club, when Richard Solomon visited Te Aroha and twenty enthusiastic members were treated to an excellent workshop, explaining how Splinters and Cue bids can be used to enhance and improve their bidding.

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