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The IP's in Wellington

Our TeamOur TeamWelcome back to members of our Waikato team that contested the 2020 Inter-Provincials in Wellington. No doubt readers followed the coverage through the many other channels that provided it. Auckland cleaned up big time in the Open section with a dream team that would not shame the country at a world-class event - Waikato finishing in midfield fourth out of seven. The Seniors and the Intermediates appear to have been unduly victimised with little respect shown to their undoubted talents but the huge success story of a long weekend was the Women's team of Christine and Jenna Gibbons, Karen Martelletti and Kate Terry who won their section. Due to the late withdrawal of Judy Pawson, Karen played - having also to shoulder the role of chef-de-mission. Well done Ladies!

A Busy Weekend

The Taupo 8B held on Saturday 17th was also the third leg of the Judith Howard League. The ladder was a little delayed but it is showing a clear leader in Graham Young of Tauranga. Graham has scored the maximum seven points in two of the three rounds. With the final leg to take place on the Saturday of Hamilton's Labour Weekend Congress it really is Graham's to lose.

Sabrina, Ted, and CarolSabrina, Ted, and CarolAnd on Sunday 18th the Waikato-Bays Intermediate League was finalised in a three-way tie for first .. all players belonging to the Thames club. Having led for the four previous sessions Carol Crowfoot and Sabrina Peters had given up hope after a couple of poor results at Cambridge. Happily for them they had enough lead to keep clubmate Ted Cliffin at bay - just. The results summary is here.

2020 Waikato-Bays Junior League Decided

What was intended to be a six-round contest of the Junior was, because of Covid, cut to just three rounds in 2020. The series was wrapped up emphatically at Te Awamutu on Sunday 11-Oct by Joy Williams and Michele Liddle. This pair scored the maximum possible eight points in two of the three events. Awards were presented on behalf of the Regional Committee by Michael Neels. Click here to see full detail of the ladder.

Joy, Michael, MicheleJoy, Michael, Michele

September Regional Report

Every month each of the seven regions is expected to post a report of its goings-on to the Board. Waikato-Bays is the star in this firmament with only a few months missed over the years. Rona Driscoll carried the batten until 2014. Anna Kalma has been doing the job since then. Her reports are published on the NZB Facebook page. We thought to start posting them on this site to as a service to our Facebook phobic followers. Click on the attachment below to download the latest one.

Latest Recommendations from the Board

Things are starting to open up slightly. Aucklanders are supposed not to gather in groups of more than ten. Other places can play if no more than 100 people in attendance. That's 25 tables! Plus all the other restrictions that we've come to know so well. It's all in the latest advisory notice attached below.

Clare and Kevin Win the WB Rubber Comp

Kevin & ClareKevin & ClareCongratulations to Clare Coles and Kevin Whyte who overcame Jo and Sam Simpson, the current holders of the Dan Gifford trophy for rubber bridge in NZ. Jo and Sam, by rights, should have been representing our country in Italy right now but we all know what happened about that! The match, played at Tauranga, went the full distance in a very tight contest with the Cambridge pair prevailing at the end.

Clare and Kevin have played a lot of bridge together. This file photo shows them as winners of the WB Intermediate League in 2012. In a pantheon of many other successes they won the national Open Restricted Pairs in 2016 and were recently runners-up in the 2020 Waikato Area Pairs. We wish them luck at the national finals in a month's time.

Our Inter-Provincial Team for 2020

Owing to the Covid-19 lock-down forcing the cancellation of IP trials all regions had to be choose their teams by selection. Applications were invited and your committee has chosen, hopefully, the strongest team for many years.

The event itself is to be held at the Wellington Bridge Club over two and a half days from Saturday 21 November. The format is usually a double round robin with byes. The players have been encouraged to get as much game time together as possible before the date.

Of late years there has been a notable uptake of teams sporting their regions' own uniforms. Ours look quite smashing (pic below is not to scale as concerns relative sizing).

Selection for IP Teams closed Friday 31st

As, due to Covid-19, we were unable to hold trials this year we will be selecting teams. Applications are invited from players who wish to put their names forward by 31-July - either as Pairs or as Teams - for selection of Opens, Womens, Seniors, and Intermediate teams to represent the Waikato-Bays Region in Wellington from 21-23 November.

2020 Inter-Provincial Finals
NZ Bridge is continuing to hold this event as four “man” teams separate to the National Congress. Please note that the finals have a huge impact on our finances. We will apply for a grant towards the costs, but there is no guarantee we will receive any funding. Therefore please be aware that the region will only be able to fund accommodation on a twin-share basis.

Bridge News

EuniceEuniceOur friendly local Regional Bridge Mate, Eunice Eccles, puts out weekly emails to quite a long list of bridgees. In them she lays out what's happening in our region. Click on the attachment below to see what's coming up in the week ahead.

If you would like Eunice to add you to her list then please email

Thames One-Two at The Mount Intermediate

Adrienne, Ted, Sabrina, CarolAdrienne, Ted, Sabrina, CarolSaturday's third round of the Waikato-Bays Intermediate League held at Mount Maunganui was cleaned up big-time by players from Thames. Ted Cliffin partnering Adrienne Donald won the day followed by Thames president Carol Crowfoot with partner Sabrina Peters. The latter pair currently head the League table with four rounds to play.

The Mount club also ran the WB Junior League's second event won by Michele Liddle and Joy Williams of Matamata. Runners-up were Roz and Bob Strawbridge of Waitomo. These four are at the top of the Junior League which has just two more sessions to go.

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