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WB rubber bridge final

The Waikato Bays rubber bridge competition is drawing to a close. Good luck to the finalists Jo & Sam Simpson from Tauranga Club and Brian Gallaher and Brian Sullivan from Waikato Club. The winner will be representing us in the Dan Gifford Rubber Bridge Competition at National Congress.

Training for directors

The Rotorua Bridge Club have arranged a training day for directors and are inviting aspiring directors from other Waikato Bays clubs to attend. This will be held on Saturday 25 May, and is intended for new directors, or those who wish to prepare for the club directors exam. For more details download the poster attached or visit the Rotorua Bridge Club website.

Waikato Bays Director Seminar

By popular request, we are targeting this years seminar at qualified or very experienced directors in the Waikato-Bays Region, with a view to increasing our pool of tournament directors. There will also be email training on tournament planning during the weeks before.

Director’s Seminar By Allan Joseph
Rotorua Bridge Club
Sunday 17 March
Fee : Free
Morning Tea from 9:30. 10:00 start.
Morning and Afternoon session, lunch is provided.

Please enter on the NZB website by 23 February if you wish to take part in the Pre-Seminar Correspondence Course.

Good luck Nick & Janice!

Good luck to Nick Whitten and Janice Bell from Morrinsville. They had to be victorious in five matches to become the Waikato Bays rubber bridge champions. They now go to National Congress on Friday 28 September to try for the National Rubber Bridge title. Wish them well!

The Waikato Bays Rubber Bridge Competition is now underway

Thanks to all those who entered - we had 18 pairs this year. Ten of these pairs played their first match at Putaruru on Sunday 8th April - thanks to the Putaruru Bridge Club for hosting a great day again.

I received this message from one of the gracious losers: "Our match finished in dramatic fashion. We were 1800 ahead after Board 29. They were vul and needed a grand slam to win … which they bid and Bruce made after careful play."

You can keep an eye on how things are going by getting the download from under the Results tab or checking out the draw under the WB events tab above.

Good luck to all the participants, and do let me know of any more exciting stories. We hope to see more of you entered next year.

Challenge to all WB Clubs - it's time for Rubber Bridge again!

As you undoubtedly know, each year the Dan Gifford Rubber Bridge competition is played at National Congress and pairs from all regions participate.

The Waikato-Bays has had some very good partnerships in the past who have given the other regional pairs a good run for their money, including Christine and Jenna Gibbons who won the national title in 2012.

Last year we had an influx of new entries, with 20 pairs participating. This is the most we have had for many years, and this year we would like to do even better. Currently we have TWO entries. Come on Waikato-Bays - we can DO this thing!! First log in to NZ Bridge and then click here to enter.

Waikato Bays directors seminars 3-4 February with Allan Joseph

Whether you missed last year's excellent seminars or not, here is an opportunity to come again, with the seminar updated for the new laws.
Come to Saturday 3 February at Rotorua, or Sunday 4 February at Cambridge, whichever suits you best. Lunch is provided, and there is no cost to members of Waikato Bays bridge clubs. Please enter on the tournaments link above.
You can read about previous seminars here:

Message to all Waikato Bays Clubs re NZ Bridge AGM

To all Waikato Bays Clubs:

There are two important meetings coming up:

The Waikato Bays Regional Conference on Sunday 24 September

The New Zealand Bridge Annual General Meeting on Saturday 30 September

You will have previously received an agenda for the regional conference. Thanks to those clubs who have already sent in their RSVPs - we hope to see as many clubs as possible represented.

WB Rubber Bridge Champions have been found!

Congratulations to Sam and Jo Simpson from Tauranga who are the Waikato Bays Rubber Bridge Champions for the second year in a row. Their next step is to play against winners from the other regions for the Dan Gifford Trophy at National Congress.

Thank you once again to PUB CHARITY Ltd.

The Waikato Bays Regional Committee applied to Pub Charity Ltd for funding to assist our Inter-Provincial representative team with accommodation in Wellington at the end of the year.

We are very pleased to announce that the application was successful, having received $3166.09, which was the amount we applied for, minus the GST component. Thanks to Jan Spaans for his hard work in putting the application together.

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