Clare and Kevin Win the WB Rubber Comp

Kevin & ClareKevin & ClareCongratulations to Clare Coles and Kevin Whyte who overcame Jo and Sam Simpson, the current holders of the Dan Gifford trophy for rubber bridge in NZ. Jo and Sam, by rights, should have been representing our country in Italy right now but we all know what happened about that! The match, played at Tauranga, went the full distance in a very tight contest with the Cambridge pair prevailing at the end.

Clare and Kevin have played a lot of bridge together. This file photo shows them as winners of the WB Intermediate League in 2012. In a pantheon of many other successes they won the national Open Restricted Pairs in 2016 and were recently runners-up in the 2020 Waikato Area Pairs. We wish them luck at the national finals in a month's time.

Our Inter-Provincial Team for 2020

Owing to the Covid-19 lock-down forcing the cancellation of IP trials all regions had to be choose their teams by selection. Applications were invited and your committee has chosen, hopefully, the strongest team for many years.

The event itself is to be held at the Wellington Bridge Club over two and a half days from Saturday 21 November. The format is usually a double round robin with byes. The players have been encouraged to get as much game time together as possible before the date.

Of late years there has been a notable uptake of teams sporting their regions' own uniforms. Ours look quite smashing (pic below is not to scale as concerns relative sizing).

Selection for IP Teams closed Friday 31st

As, due to Covid-19, we were unable to hold trials this year we will be selecting teams. Applications are invited from players who wish to put their names forward by 31-July - either as Pairs or as Teams - for selection of Opens, Womens, Seniors, and Intermediate teams to represent the Waikato-Bays Region in Wellington from 21-23 November.

2020 Inter-Provincial Finals
NZ Bridge is continuing to hold this event as four “man” teams separate to the National Congress. Please note that the finals have a huge impact on our finances. We will apply for a grant towards the costs, but there is no guarantee we will receive any funding. Therefore please be aware that the region will only be able to fund accommodation on a twin-share basis.

Waikato Area Pairs - final heat

This Sunday the final heat of the Waikato Area Pairs will be held at the Hamilton Bridge Club.

The event is a walk-in ... you don't need to register just turn up by 9.45 with your lunch, a partner and $10 to participate.

The 2020 WAP is a different beast - due to COVID we will have run just 3 heats and the overall winner will be decided by the best 2/3 scores (and while a sub is allowed - the two scores that count must be played with the same partnership).

The field is still wide open and you can see who is in contention via the following league ladder:

Thames One-Two at The Mount Intermediate

Adrienne, Ted, Sabrina, CarolAdrienne, Ted, Sabrina, CarolSaturday's third round of the Waikato-Bays Intermediate League held at Mount Maunganui was cleaned up big-time by players from Thames. Ted Cliffin partnering Adrienne Donald won the day followed by Thames president Carol Crowfoot with partner Sabrina Peters. The latter pair currently head the League table with four rounds to play.

The Mount club also ran the WB Junior League's second event won by Michele Liddle and Joy Williams of Matamata. Runners-up were Roz and Bob Strawbridge of Waitomo. These four are at the top of the Junior League which has just two more sessions to go.

Covid-19 Displaces Congress 2020

You heard about Hamilton becoming a centre for Covid-19 isolationistas? Guess which hotel they chose for that. Yup - Distinction Te Rapa .. who say they can no longer honour NZB's booking for Congress this year. The jury is out on what is going to happen now. Interesting tmes ...

Club Play and Tournaments Resume

Finally some light at the end of a long tunnel .. and it's not an oncoming limited express! There are quite a few results showing for Week 24 in X-Clubs and we expect many more this week as clubs reboot their seasons.

Covid-19 laid waste to the tournament schedule with several iconic events having been cancelled. Luckily the Te Aroha Teams will still take place albeit in the Hamilton clubrooms. We will miss our usual magnificent lunch, however, and have to make do with a self-supplied vegemite sandwich on the day.

The WAPs will rise again from the ashes by taking the best two of three results played at Matamata on Feb-16, Thames on Jul-5, and Hamilton on Aug-2. Click here to see the amended Rules.

Clubs Recommended NOT to Open Until Level One Earliest

Click here to download the strong message from NZB's having taken advice from the authorities.

Until Further Notice ...

.. bridge is cancelled - in case you hadn't heard. Mostly. There's still the Rubber Bridge competition. The deadline for entries has been extended to the 30th April. Should be money for jam - only four pairs in it with a week to go and a purse of $50 each to the victors. Or, if we get the numbers up to eight or nine pairs there'll be an extra $20 each, and if ten pairs the prize money jumps to a massive $100 each!! Wow! The winners also get to represent the Region at Congress (if we have one). And, of course, there's always on-line bridge. The best known site is BBO - Bridge Base Online - but there are plenty of others to be found in a Google search.

Good luck to you all over this unprecedented time. Our family could always tell when my mother was crook. First she'd stop eating. Then, if she got worse, she'd stop playing bridge. This is serious!!

Corona Virus

Received from the Chairman of NZ Bridge:

Good Morning
We continue to receive requests for updates.

Each day we are bombarded by reports in the media. Some quite disturbing.

We are seeing some sporting events being cancelled, postponed, or taking place in stadia without spectators. The Ministry of Health is still viewing the risk here as “low”.

So what should you be doing?

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