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Finalists Found for the Inter-Club Teams

Full results for the Bay of Plenty Teams played between six of the Bay clubs at Rotorua on Sunday 24th July are posted on the Rotorua website. Congratulations to the Tauranga who blitzed the field in the Open and Intermediate sections to claim the Ib Thulin Shield for 2022. The Waikato results are summarised on the Hamilton website.

This clears the way for the annual finals between Bay and Waikato teams to be held on the 21st of August at Matamata. In the Open section representatives from Tauranga and Mount Maunganui will meet teams from Matamata and Te Aroha. Tauranga and Whakatane will send teams to meet Te Aroha and Thames in the Intermediates while Rotorua and Taupo have earned the right to meet Waikato and Hamilton in the Junior section. (Whakatane Juniors were, sadly, declared ineligible. Taupo will send a Junior team in their stead.) Each section will play 16-board matches against the other three teams in their grade. Results of previous years are available on this link.

News From The Chair #5 in 2022

Click here for Board chairman Alan Morris' latest newsletter concerning directions the Board is taking post the National Conference.

Waikato-Bays IP Trials

Online trials for teams to represent our region at the (online) Inter-Provincials were held on Friday 6th through Saturday 7th of May. The Womens' trial attracted only three entries who were duly appointed.

The team to represent the Waikato-Bays region at the InnterProvincials (to be held on-line on the 18th of November is:

Open: Jo Simpson & Sam Simpson, Jenny Millington & Barry Jones, John Driscoll & Rona Driscoll

Womens: Christine & Jenna Gibbons, Judy Pawson & Kate Terry, Karen Harris & Cherie Barton

Latest Covid Advisory #27

Now that restrictions have eased and we all know what we're doing Allan is recommending a return to face-to-face bridge.

Click on any of the attachments below to download each pdf. These advisories are stored in dropbox/Waikto-Bays Clubs Info/Letters from the Chair.

Congress Moves to On-Line

We must have upset the bridge gods. Once again we are being forced to look at an alternative for Congress.

With the decision by Government to change the “traffic light system” to red from 11.59pm this evening there is no way we can continue with a face to face event, keeping players and staff safe. Therefore with regret the face to face event is being canceled. The quote by Sir Edmund Hillary when he conquered Everest comes to mind.

However we have agreed a revised programme that will allow us to play the event online.

News From The Chair #1 in 2022

Nice newsy new newsletter to start 2022 off. On the new stationery too. Written on the cusp of the Omicron wave breaking .. which way will the catfish jump? Outlook for Congress. Good works from Sonya - great ideas. And much more ...

Click the attachments below to download any of NZB Chair Allan Morris' Letters for 2022. These documents of inestimable worth are filed in dropbox/Waikato-Bays Clubs Info/Letters from the Chair.

All the best for the new year everyone ...

Letters From The Chair in 2021

Allan Morris writes of his view of things from the Chair of NZB. He addresses several topics including online play, initiatives the Board is undertaking, new appointments, Teams successes and selections, sponsorship, 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.

Dates and Times for Waikato BBO Sessions

The Waikato BBO Sessions have been re-branded as the NZX Club sessions and are now homed on the X-Clubs website. By curious co-incidence that is also where the results will now be posted shortly after each session ends. At around 5:30 and 11pm each weekday, results for all clubs that play these same hands get scored across the field and posted. Our NZX Club BBO sessions will be included.

Advisory #19 from the Board

Click on the attachment below to download the Board's latest review of the Covid situation. Chairman Allan Morris has a feeling 90+% of bridge players will have had at least one jab and is seeking some hard data from clubs to determine the Board's policy should vaccination certificates appear. Will clubs then be able to mandate that attendees must be vaccinated? It's fascinating watching how the picture changes from week to week. Now it seems the strategy is shifting from elimination of the virus to finding ways of living with it.

WBRC Urges Clubs Not To Hold Tournaments Under Level 2

During the WBRC meeting on Monday 20 September, the level 2 bridge playing situation was discussed.

Last week a meeting between the clubs seeking clarification / guidelines in addition to the NZB advisories, was also held. The participating clubs were seeking for more direct instructions from NZB in regards to the playing conditions and we are awaiting a response.

To state the WBRC position, we strongly discourage clubs from holding tournaments under level 2 conditions

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