Advisory #19 from the Board

Click on the attachment below to download the Board's latest review of the Covid situation. Chairman Allan Morris has a feeling 90+% of bridge players will have had at least one jab and is seeking some hard data from clubs to determine the Board's policy should vaccination certificates appear. Will clubs then be able to mandate that attendees must be vaccinated? It's fascinating watching how the picture changes from week to week. Now it seems the strategy is shifting from elimination of the virus to finding ways of living with it.

WBRC Urges Clubs Not To Hold Tournaments Under Level 2

During the WBRC meeting on Monday 20 September, the level 2 bridge playing situation was discussed.

Last week a meeting between the clubs seeking clarification / guidelines in addition to the NZB advisories, was also held. The participating clubs were seeking for more direct instructions from NZB in regards to the playing conditions and we are awaiting a response.

To state the WBRC position, we strongly discourage clubs from holding tournaments under level 2 conditions

Congress Postponed

In a nutshell .. as with the Olympics the 2021 Congress is to be moved to the following year. It is now scheduled for 10th to 17th February 2022. Announcement in the attachment below and further detail has been subsequently published on NZB.

We Have A Winner!

The national competition (known as the Dan Gifford Rubber), is contested annually by one pair from each Region competing for a very attractive prize pool. All Regions run their own qualifying knock-out rounds to decide who is to represent them. Congratulations to Jo and Sam Simpson from Tauranga Bridge Club who won in a cliff-hanger against Brian Gallaher and Brian Sullivan from Waikato Bridge Club. Caught accidentally in the background of Sam & Jo's photo is Rona Driscoll who organises the Rubber Bridge for our region: many thanks to her.

Jo writes: We are delighted to once again represent Waikato Bays for the Dan Gifford Rubber Bridge competition at NZ congress.

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.

Waikato Bays IP Team Awarded PUB CHARITY Grant

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

We are very pleased to announce that our application for 2021 was again successful. We received $4408.70 which is the full amount we applied for.

Spa Town Teams and Directors Seminar

Due to the Wellington lockdown the Spa Town Teams will allow only players from level 1 areas.

This not only excludes the players from the Wellington Region, but also precludes Allan Joseph from directing the event. Consequently, Allan's Directors Seminar scheduled for the following day, 27 June, is cancelled.

Jan Spaans
WBRC Secretary

WB Leagues Races Hot Up

For many years the Waikato-Bays region has run League competitions for Intermediate and Junior players. Following the model of the Covid-disrupted Judith Howard League of 2020 the WBRC has started up a third league - the Open Restricted competition aimed at retaining the tournament attendance of newly-turned Open players who mostly find that having to swim with The Big Fish can be quite off-putting. The prize list is ring-fenced off from anyone above the rank of National Master.

The aim of all three leagues has been to encourage tournament participation by offering fairly large (by bridge standards) cash prizes for the top ten finishers in each League. With the Rotorua 5A recently finished now is a good time to check out the current standings.

Karen Martelletti

The sudden death of a veritable giant in the administration of our game has caught the bridge world by surprise. With tributes flowing in it is hard to know where to start in eulogising Karen's contribution over many years. There can't be many who have not heard her name or know of her enthusiastic involvement: her output was colossal. One of the contributors to this article was at a sizeable tournament in Kaikoura when the news was broken to the room. Everybody stood for a moment's silent remembrance - a rare occasion at a tournament so far away but one sure to be repeated in clubrooms around the country in the week to come.

Allan Morris, chair of the Board on which Karen was a sitting member, has made a brief announcement which can be read by clicking here.

And Richard Solomon (Major Events and Education) has completed a heart-felt obituary for Karen which is well worth a read for her background in our game.

What's Happening in June

Whats happening in JuneWhats happening in June=Our Regional Bridge Mate, Eunice Eccles, is compiling a series on monthly events in 2021. There's so much on that you're finding it a little hard to read this then you can download the pdf attached below.

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