Coming Soon......

Hamilton Club - up coming Events & News :

    6th & 9th March ( 7pm and 10am respectivly ) :    Beginner Lessons commence

    23rd March - Friday @7pm :    TWIT's for 2018 commences

    15 April - Sunday @ 10am :    Hamilton Restricted Tournament

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TWITs Starting Soon!

TWITS are coming......

Hamilton hosts the 2nd year of the Waikato Bays social bridge competition with the rather unusual name of TWITs - The Waikato Inter-club Teams. The competition while competitive is aimed more at the social level though there will be prizes at the end of the event

♥  Competitions for Open, Intermediate, Junior & Novice Teams

♦  $5pp table money

♠  Wine & cheese supper provided

♣  4th Friday of each month starting on March 23

♥  Runs for 6 months - March to August

♦  Teams are a minimum of 4 players but can have unlimited subs

♠  Team Captain is committed to fielding a team each month

♣  Hosted at the Hamilton Bridge Club

♥  Teams from Hamilton, Cambridge, Morrinsville, Te Aroha, etc.

♦  6.45pm for 7.00pm start

To enter your Team - click here


Wanted - ALIVE not DEAD

Your Club is looking for a pre-loved fridge for the kitchen. We need another large & clean fridge in good working order to make the life of those doing the catering easier. With the large numbers we get at our tournaments we have trouble storing the food prepared for those yummy meals we provide.....

So if you have an old but good fridge could you please donate it to the Club ( it would be really nice if we could install this prior to the Restricted Tournament April 15 ). Just let the committee or a director know if you have a suitable candidate

Sundays Novice Tournament @ Matamata

A reminder of the Novice tournament that takes place on Sunday March 11th @ Matamata.

A novice is anyone who has not reached "Certificate of Proficiency" (which means less than five masterpoints) as at the beginning of this year, OR anyone who started bridge in 2016 or later, regardless of how many masterpoints they have (unless they are already out of Junior grade).

Play starts in the Matamata clubrooms at 10am, come for morning tea at 9.30am.
Two sessions. $10, bring your own lunch.
Log in to the NZ Bridge website - and make your entries there.
Or email if you need some help with entering.

Come on Waikato-Bays Novices and Juniors, get together, take a group YOU could win free entry to the 2018 Novice tournament in October's National Congress held in Hamilton.

Our Clubrooms

The garden around the bridge club has had a make-over this weekend.
Margaret Boyd organised a working bee on Saturday to take out some trees, trim branches and shrubs as well as putting additional stones around the garden. The property looks neat and tidy after some extensive effort from a few members.
As well as thanking Margaret, I am grateful for the support and efforts of Mark Thomson, Paul and Yvonne Stevens, Malcolm and Alison Smith and Richard Wagstaff. Without the efforts of members our club rooms would not look as attractive.

A reminder about the Restricted Tournament on Sunday April 15th: if you are not intending to play, can you please volunteer for a couple of hours in the kitchen? Please let Nigel know if you are available. We really want this tournament to be a great success.


Wednesday night Swiss Pairs

The "Summer Swiss Pairs" commence on 28 February - entry is required by Friday 23rd February

Please enter via the Club's website under the Events tab

Introducing our new Secretary

Members will see the friendly face of Donna Prentice in the office from this coming week. Donna will start her new position as Club Secretary on Tuesday 23rd January. Donna started playing bridge at our club, a graduate of our 2016 year, coming through in that short time to be a regular Thursday night and Friday morning attendee. Donna’s main attributes - her very approachable manner and can-do attitude, means members will be very well served in all aspects of the administration of our club. I am sure all members will make Donna welcome in her new role, be helpful to her and understand that she will not know all the answers immediately, but she will solve any queries or problems you have.

Donna’s days in the office will be Tuesday and Thursday mornings and Friday morning (before the bridge session) and early afternoon.

2018 Gradings

NZ Bridge has re-released the 2018 grades which are used for all tournaments in the coming year

Congratulations to these members who have moved up a grade -

Intermediate : Graeme Hope, Melinda Wang and Wendy Mortimer

Open : Cathy Nolen, Mereana Cullen, Nigel Gresson and Shirley Power

The complete lists for the club can be viewed here - Hamilton by Grade or Hamilton by name

Hamilton does well in year's first tournament in the Waikato Bays region

Hamilton was very well represented in the top placings at the weekend's "Thames Festival of Bridge". Top of these was the Barry Jones team who won the John Eldridge Teams - Congratulations!

John Eldridge Teams

  • 1st - Jones team ( Barry Jones - Jenny Millington & Sam Simpson - Jo Simpson )
  • 3rd= - Harris team ( Karen Harris - Jenny Carr & Sandra Calvert - Colin Carryer )
  • 3rd= - Chen team ( Yuzhong Chen - William Liu & June Lei - John Wang )

and in the Teams qualifying great results to.....

  • 5th - Fisher team ( Liz Fisher - Blair Fisher & Malcolm - Michael Curry )
  • 6th - Roggeveen team ( Jena Robinson - Edward Roggeveen & Kevin Whyte - Clare Coles )

Barclay Swiss Pairs

  • 2nd - Yuzhong Chen & William Liu ( only 0.12 points away from 1st place - what a tough start to the year.... )
  • 4th - Liz Fisher & Blair Fisher
  • 5th - Helen Healy & Tim Healy

Read more in this excellent article by NZ Bridge's Richard Solomon & for all the other results from the weekend click here

Reading Blogs.......

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This happens because front page space is precious and as different devices ( tablets, notebooks, desktops.... ) show differing amounts of the screen its difficult to decide how much of a story to display. So stories are often truncated on the screen

So if Read more is present click "Read more" and the complete story will be displayed. Happy reading......

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