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Mini Moos Day One at Morrinsville

A highly successful first outing in 2018 for Nick Whitten's Mini Moos programme. There is a new Mini Moos menu provided under the Initiatives tab above to provide a home for this invaluable programme. Along with the long-standing Bay Pairs and the Waikato Area Pairs, the Mini Moos and the TWITs are of great interest to many Waikato-Bays players at different stages of their bridge careers.

National Head-Count Looking Up

Comparisons with July head-counts over the past four years show an encouraging increase in numbers for this time of year.

  • July 2015 13750(est)
  • July 2016 13641
  • July 2017 13541
  • July 2018 13726

Aug 2015 to Jul 2018Aug 2015 to Jul 2018

New Radio Show for Waikato and New Zealand

Barry Jones and Mereana CullenBarry Jones and Mereana CullenThe first ever broadcast of The Bridge Zone was aired on Wednesday 27 June. A team of eight bridge enthusiasts from Hamilton, Waikato and Cambridge clubs have teamed up to broadcast The Bridge Zone. They hope to raise awareness of the game and encourage people to take part whilst engaging existing bridge players in topics of interest.

Hosted by Community Access Radio and broadcast on Free FM89 the crew of volunteers have learned how to create and record a radio show. Barry Jones and Mereana Cullen co-presented the first show. If you missed it – you can catch it by clicking here

Letter #7 from The Chair of NZB

Allan Morris keeps us up to date with news from NZB. Click here to download a summary of recent happenings.

Innovative Inter-Club

TrophyTrophyThe Tauranga and Cambridge clubs are about to face off in a novel cross-Kaimai competition dubbed The Great Boat Race. Wednesday nights at both clubs are of a similar nature - sociable with a fair turn-out of newer players. Both use Compass scoring which has the facility to produce competition results using players' scores from X-Clubs. By combining up the weekly club comp ladders from each club a remote inter-club event becomes possible. Perhaps this idea will catch on with other Compass clubs.

The Great Boat RaceThe Great Boat Race

What's been happening recently out there in our clubs?

Apart from the usual plethora of localised celebrations of the successes of various players in club competitions we have:

The annual round of lessons in most clubs is coming to an end. Star performer this year has to have been the Omokoroa club who, like the kiwi, have hatched an egg almost as big as itself. They started the year with 35 full members and 5 affiliates. Working to prescription with Regional Bridge Mate Eunice Eccles they attracted 27!! beginners of whom 24 ran the course of lessons and 22 will likely join the club. A HUGE success story!

Good Works at the Settlement Centre

Isn't it totally amazing how much some people can accomplish? Not only is Jane Stearns devoting four whole days a week to her responsibilities as a board member of NZ Bridge but she has been taking on the tuition of migrants and refugees at the Settlement Centre in Hamilton.

Letter From The Chair

21 May 2018
Welcome and I hope everyone is getting plenty of enjoyment from their bridge.
I am regularly asked as to the well-being of Alan Dormer. I caught up with him about a week ago. He is feeling better but does have off days, like we all do.

Rotorua FunDay Sunday

The good folk of the Rotorua club have such a great time at the Cambridge Sixes that, for several years, they have been replicating the Sixes format in their own club's playing programme. This has usually been spread over a few weeks but last Sunday they all got together and made a day of it. Unfortunately, we heard, comms broke down in the kitchen and they doubled-up on the food. Never mind. There are two things that go to making a great bridge day out - nice venue and nice food - and plenty of it!

Newsletter No:5 - from The Chair

by Allan Morris - 13 April 2018

Last Sunday the Board met. The first for this financial year. It was a pleasure to welcome John Skipper to the Board. I am sure John will contribute in a most significant way. Following the election cycle we have a vacancy on the Board.

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