Regional Championships - formerly the InterProvincials

The 2024 Regional Championship trials to represent the Waikato-Bays region will be held online on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May this year for Open, Women, Senior and Intermediate teams to represent our region later this year. Poster and details are attached below.

Entries for all categories are open on the NZB web site.
1. The format will be Swiss Pairs style with sections arranged depending on numbers entering

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?

Upcoming Tuition and Tournaments

The first event in the Judith Howard League was played at Waihi last Saturday 14th of March. Judith is donating $2000 of prize money in favour of those turned newly Open. The field is restricted to members of clubs in the Waikato-Bays who are ranked no higher than Provincial Master. Players earn points for playing and placing in a series of events - see under the WB Events tab above. While the major prizes of the League will be awarded at the end of the series, part of the plan is that there are also $170 worth of prizes for the top three places at any event. Saturday's inaugural winners were Ross Stewart and Elaine Rayner with Shirley Bain and Graham Young taking second, and Tim Rigter and Jan Baker coming third.

There seems to be a bit of a respite in the tournament scene this week. Perhaps an harbinger of things to come? Meanwhile life will continue in the class room with Clare and Kate covering Multi-2D at Cambridge on Tuesday night and Rona conducting Supervised Play at Taupo on Wednesday 7-9pm.

Enjoy your bridge - who knows if it'll still be possible in the near future.

The Kelly Pierse Teams and Director Seminar at Rotorua

To be held on Saturday 8th February at the rooms of Rotorua Bridge Club in Neil Hunt Park on Tarawera Road. This iconic event 10A Teams event always attracts a large field. Be in early. Enter on the NZ Bridge site.

Following the 10A teams on Sunday 9th February, National Director Allan Joseph presents a seminar aimed at those wishing to help out at their local club by learning a bit about directing. This session comes at no charge to attendees from the Waikato-Bays region. Even those who do a little directing and wish to brush up their skills are welcome. Again, entries may be made on the NZ Bridge site.

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