Sam & Jo Going in to Bat for the Region

Sam & Jo at the Cambridge SixesSam & Jo at the Cambridge SixesFor a second time since arriving in the region Sam and Jo Simpson of Tauranga have come top of the knock-out Rubber Bridge competition. They will go forward to the final stage at the National Congress on Friday 27th September. It's been a busy, and rewarding, week for Sam and Jo as, after taking second prize in the Cambridge Sixes Trivia, they also won the Hamilton 3-nighter 5A Swiss on Wednesday to make all their traveling worth while. They are certainly very keen on their bridge! Both have recently made the grade to Silver Grand Master.

Both sides report the final vs Brian Gallaher and Brian Sullivan of the Waikato club was an exciting match. This hoot of a report from one of the players:

WaiBOP Rubber Final – aka The Revenge of the Kalma Cat

Recovering from the Cambridge Sixes, the Simpsons and the Brians (Gallaher and Sullivan) met for the final of the region’s Rubber event. Buoyed by the absence of any feline interference (such as they endured during their semi victory) , the Brians shot out to a solid and fairly substantial lead. At this point, things changed. Why? The reporter can only surmise, but you (the reader) will note it is done in a quite logical, realistic and fair-handed manner:

“ Anna Kalma is aware of the match and mentions it in a phone call to her mother. The Kalma Cat (still furious at the outrageous defeat of her owner only weeks before) overhears and sends alarm bells to her relatives close by the Waikato Bridge Club. They besiege the building and despite leading on the scoreboard after 30 boards, the Brians see defeat rescued from the jaws of victory when the 300 bonus for a game in during an incomplete rubber is added in. Purrrrrfect! ”

If only Jo and Sam Simpson truly knew what was behind their triumph. The author trusts that cat treats are already in the mail . . .

PS: Good luck Simpsons for the finals at Congress.

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