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Bertie, the Bridge King

Bertie IIBertie IITim Healy of the Hamilton club looked for historical parallel to the accession of Allan Morris to the top seat of New Zealand Bridge following the resignation of Alan Dormer due to ill health. Tim found a close match in English history when Edward VIII abdicated his throne - albeit not for health reasons.

Tim claims some licence is allowed as Edward stepped down in favour of his brother George who, upon coronation, became George VI. Allan protested that he wasn't Alan's brother but, of course, he is ... they share the same Christian name with just one little "L" the difference.

So now he needed a nickname befitting a king and also to remove any confusion with his predecessor. His choices were between George and Bertie, the latter being George's nickname in "The King's Speech". He chose Bertie so Heallys had a crown made for him which bears his name and a crown to signify the King of NZ Bridge.

That's the story .. never a short story when Tim tells it. Somewhat abridged you might say.

Allan Morris Writes

27 March 2018
Last Tuesday the board met for the last time in this financial year. It was a pleasure to acknowledge the contribution over a very long time of Alan Turner. Alan will not be lost to NZ Bridge as he has agreed to stay involved with education.

Intermediate League at Taupo

It was previously reported that Eunice Eccles of Cambridge and Malcolm Kirkby of Te Aroha had won the second round of the Waikato-Bays Intermediate League. Due to a scoring correction this has now been changed. It was Ev Gardiner and Sharon Opai of Taupo who won on the day - many congratulations - with Eunice and Malcolm coming runners-up. All other prizes are confirmed as standing.

Session results and the Leagues ladder appear on this site.


Time for another whip around the websites of the region to see what's happening with everyone.

Putaruru is over the moon about their new dealing machine which was generously funded by First Sovereign Trust Limited. Up until now the club's dealing had been being done by the good folk at Tokoroa just down the road a piece. On their site, which is shared with the Tokoroa club, is a notice about the fast-approaching Novice Tournament on Sunday, March 11th at Matamata.

Letter from the Chair

Click here to download the full content of Allan Morris' latest newsletter. In it Allan reports on last week's Zone 7 AGM on the Gold Coast which was attended by Rona Gianarrigo, President of the WBF. Zone 7 of the World Bridge Federation includes Australia and the Pacific Islands. Alister Stuck, our very own permanent secretary of NZ Bridge, also performs the same function for Zone 7.

Waikato-Bays Novice Tournament

A reminder of the Novice tournament on Sunday March 11th. A novice is anyone who has not reached "Certificate of Proficiency" (which means less than five masterpoints) as at the beginning of this year, OR anyone who started bridge in 2016 or later, regardless of how many masterpoints they have (unless they are already out of Junior grade).

Play starts in the Matamata clubrooms at 10am, come for morning tea at 9.30am. Two sessions. $10, bring your own lunch. Log in to the NZ Bridge website and make your entries there. Or email if you need some help with entering. Come on Waikato-Bays Novices and Juniors, get together, take a group YOU could win free entry to the 2018 Novice tournament in October's National Congress held in Hamilton.

2018 WAPs kick off this Sunday 11 February in Cambridge

Yes, that's right! The first of the Waikato Area Pairs 2018 is this Sunday in the newly refurbished Cambridge club rooms. We are looking forward to seeing as many attendees as possible. It is not just for Open players. There is always a prize for the best non-Open pair on the day as well as best Junior and Intermediate pairings with Open players for the series. The WAPs is a marvelous way to develop your bridge and make a bridge partnership stronger. If you are learning the Nesting Pairs system, playing in the WAPs is an ideal practice ground.

Letter from the New Chair of NZB

31st January 2018
This newsletter is tinged with some sadness but also a real commitment towards the future. On Sunday the 21st the Board regrettably accepted the resignation of Alan Dormer as Chair.

Alan was hopeful that his recovery would be speedy and that he would be in a position to commit fully to the task of Chair. Unfortunately Alan has hit a few road bumps and has concluded he has not got the strength to continue. The Board was united that Alan’s health and recovery must come first.

Shock News - NZB Chairman Resigns

Due to continuing ill health Alan Dormer, chair of New Zealand Bridge is tendering his resignation. Having made such a promising start to reviving confidence in the Board, Alan is sad that he must step down. The full text of this announcement is in his letter attached below. We thank Alan for his efforts to date and wish him well.

2018 Season Opens

The first major event took place at Thames over the second weekend of January. Although table numbers were down on last year due to the attractions of the Canberra Festival of Bridge it was still a respectable turnout. Canberra had slipped back in the calendar to clash with our Thames event. Richard Solomon was one such attendee and has done a great job of covering the whole event on the NZ Bridge site - you can read about it by clicking here.

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