The Leagues

Check the latest standings:
Junior League
Intermediate League
Judith Howard League

The Intermediate and Junior Leagues

These are the Championship Leagues which the Waikato-Bays have been running for over ten years. Whole generations on now-Open players have taken part in the WB Leagues. They are only for Intermediate and Junior players and players accumulate points over the season.

Skip down to the Attachments to view the downloadable information for the Intermediate and Junior Leagues.

For Juniors a six-event series ran from the Hamilton Junior tournament on the 7th of March through to the Te Awamutu Junior on the 11th of October. Unforunately, due to Covid-19 lockdown we lost three events. In 2020 the prize-money pool will be $360 to be spread over the top eight placings.

Hamilton 07-Mar
Cambridge cancelled
Matamata cancelled
Mt Maunganui 18-Jul
Tauranga cancelled
Te Awamutu 11-Oct - includes prize-giving

The eight Intermediate events go from Taupo in February through to Cambridge in October. Unfortunately the Katikati, Te Awamutu, and Tauranga events had to be cancelled due to Covid-19. For the 2020 season the WBRC decided to spread the prize pool evenly over the eight - now five - Intermediate events and the six - now three - Junior events at the rate of $120 per event. The Intermediates are therefore and prospectively playing for a pot of $600 and the Juniors for $360. These amounts will be apportioned for the top ten placings.

Taupo 29-Feb
Hamilton 7-Mar
Katikati cancelled
Mt Maunganui 18-Jul
Te Awamutu cancelled
Tauranga cancelled
Matamata 13-Sep
Cambridge 18-Oct - includes prize-giving

**NEW in 2020** - The Judith Howard League
This is a new Championship League aimed essentially at newly-Open players. Any Waikato-Bays-registered player of the rank of Provincial Master and below may compete. Note: a qualifying player may not partner a non-qualifying player if they wish to get League points in any event.

Skip down to the Attachments to view the downloadable information for the Judith Howard League.

The seven nominated Howard League events ran from Waihi in March through to Taupo in October. We lost three of these events in the Covid-19 lockdown but added another one to finish the series at the Hamilton Congress on Oct-24. For the 2020 season eligble participants are playing for a pot of over $2000 generously sponsored by Judith Howard of Matamata. There will be cash prizes to the top ten place-getters plus bonus prizes at each round. The dates and tournaments are:

Waihi All Grades 8B 14-Mar
Mount Maunganui Multi Grade cancelled
Morrinsville Open 8B cancelled
Rotorua Open 5A cancelled
Matamata Open 5A 25-Jul
Te Puke Open 3A 10-Oct
Taupo Open 8B 17-Oct
Hamilton Congress Restricted Open 24-Oct - includes prize-gving

The more of the tournaments listed that you can play in, the more points you will collect and the higher your chances of a prize.

The competitions award points both for participation and for success (final placing and a bonus point each for turning up, getting over 50% average for day or winning a session outright). Ineligible players are not awarded League points if they do not qualify because of grading or home region. Any points that they may have won go into the ether.

In 2020, again, all three leagues are individual competitions so you can either play with the same partner each competition, a different one, or a combination.

Why have these league competitions?
To encourage Junior and Intermediate to play in more tournaments
To encourage players to form partnerships

What is in it for the players?

  • Good bridge
  • New Friends
  • A handsome trophy
  • Lots of $$$

Yes, Waikato Bays is putting up good prize money for the top ten place-getters overall.

It is good fun and gives you the impetus to develop sound friend/partner-ships and a better grasp of the game. Please book your partner(s) in for as many of these excellent tournaments as you can manage!

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