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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

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.

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.

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.

Karen Martelletti

The sudden death of a veritable giant in the administration of our game has caught the bridge world by surprise. With tributes flowing in it is hard to know where to start in eulogising Karen's contribution over many years. There can't be many who have not heard her name or know of her enthusiastic involvement: her output was colossal. One of the contributors to this article was at a sizeable tournament in Kaikoura when the news was broken to the room. Everybody stood for a moment's silent remembrance - a rare occasion at a tournament so far away but one sure to be repeated in clubrooms around the country in the week to come.

Allan Morris, chair of the Board on which Karen was a sitting member, has made a brief announcement which can be read by clicking here.

And Richard Solomon (Major Events and Education) has completed a heart-felt obituary for Karen which is well worth a read for her background in our game.

What's Happening in June

Whats happening in JuneWhats happening in June=Our Regional Bridge Mate, Eunice Eccles, is compiling a series on monthly events in 2021. There's so much on that you're finding it a little hard to read this then you can download the pdf attached below.

NZB Board Election Results

Congratulations to Karen Martelletti and Anna Kalma of our region who, along with Sam Coutts of Dunedin and John Skipper of Christchurch have been elected to the Board of NZ Bridge. It was re-election in the case of Karen and John who are current members. We wish them all the best.

Change of Venue for Te Aroha WAPs

It has become necessary to switch the March and May venues for the second and fourth WAP rounds. The next one on 28th of March will now be held at Cambridge and the 23rd of May one will take place at Te Aroha. Pre-entry is requested for the Te Aroha event.

Letters from The Chair #9 - as at 7-Dec

Allan Morris writes of how the Board is proceeding into the new year.

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

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