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Hamilton Success

Members of the Hamilton Club enjoyed considerable success Saturday at the Rotorua Xmas Tournament. This success came in a very large field of 78 pairs with the Hamilton Club filling first, second & 4th places!

1st   Yuzhong Chen and Gary Foidl

2nd   Liz Fisher and Sam Simpson

4th   Ella Gray and Dallas Dagg

The previous weekend in Dunedin Mark Thomson and Jeffrey Chang were in the Waikato Bays team that finished 2nd in the Intermediate section of the National Inter-provincial Teams competition.

A very successful fortnight for our Club

Eileen Brunt

The Club sadly notes the passing of our member Eileen Brunt.
Long time Club member Eileen, who played regularly several times each week at the Club, passed away Saturday. The club extends our sympathy to Eileen's friends and family.

A service will be held at Seddon Park Funeral Home Chapel, 49 Seddon Road, Hamilton on Thursday, 8th December 2016 at 2.30pm.

Mike Barton

After a long illness Hamilton Bridge Club member Mike Barton has today ( Tuesday ) passed away

The Club expresses its sympathy to fellow Club member Cherie Barton ( Cherie Aston ) and to members of both families.

Mike's Funeral will take place Monday 5 December at 1pm at Simply Cremations , 388 Wairere Drive, Te Rapa.

2019 AGM Date Change

The date of this years AGM has been brought forward to Sunday 17th November

This change in the date has been made as our President is part of the Waikato Bays Team for the Inter-provincials held this year in Christchurch on the old AGM date

The format of the day will not change with the AGM at 2pm followed by a session of "fun" bridge before Christmas Dinner concluding the evening - more details to follow shortly

Jewel Cresswell

The Club sadly notes the passing of our very long time member Jewel Cresswell

Jewel, a Life Member at the Club since 2002, passed away earlier in the week

We extend our sympathy to her son Bruce and Jewel's family and friends

Update your mobile phone number for 2020

Cell Phone numbers please !
The 2020 programme book is now being prepared. This year we would like to add as many mobile phone numbers as possible to the book - it makes the task a little less difficult for our partner stewards as they can text groups when looking for a partner for you......
A list of all members’ details is on a table in the main club-room. Please take the time to check your phone number and confirm it is correct and add or change the details, or if you are not playing bridge at the moment let the bridge club secretary know of any change needed.

NZ Bridge Congress 2019 - Days 6 & 7

The evening of Day 6 and all of Day 7 were reserved for the Swiss Pairs - Open ( 132 pairs ) , Restricted ( 56 pairs ) and Intermediate ( 70 pairs )
This event bought Congress for 2019 to a close

Event Placing / Hamilton Members
NZ Open Swiss 7th N-S / Jo Simpson & Sam Simpson 14th N-S / Blair & Liz Fisher
6th E-W / Barry Jones & Jenny Millington 9th E-W / Yuzhong Chen
Restricted Swiss 20th / Cathy Nolen & Karen Thomson
Intermediate Swiss 14th / Terry Wells & Ranjith Cooray 22nd / Leanne Curry & Megan Jolly

Congress 2019 - Days 1...3

Over 700 players are currently in Hamilton taking part in the 2019 NZ Bridge Congress. The Congress attracts the best players from around New Zealand along with about 80 players from Australia this year. It is being held at the Distinction Hotel in Te Rapa.
150 pairs played in the New Zealand Pairs while 92 teams are currently playing in the NZ Teams.

Hamilton members' results to date - these Hamilton club members have finished in the top 10 in their events so far (top 20 for Premier events, top 5 for Novices)-

Event Result
Rubber Bridge: 1st - Sam & Jo Simpson
NZ Restricted Open Pairs: 7th - Kevin Whyte (partner Jan Spaans)
Novice Pairs: 4th - Jo Millington & Mike Everard
NZ Pairs: 17th - Jenna Gibbons (partner Julian Foster)
Matchpoint Swiss Pairs: 6th - Michael Curry (partner Ant Hopkins)
8th - Liz Fisher & Karen Harris

TWITs 2020

FOR ALL Twits PLAYERS - current and future

We noticed there weren't as many teams taking part in the Waikato Interclub Teams (TWITs) this year and some feedback provided was that Friday evening was not great timing for some, for various reasons ie finished too late for a Friday night (end of week) or interfered with Saturday tournament participation etc. Can you please let us know whether you and/or your friends or team-mates would prefer to play next year if TWITS was to be held in Hamilton on:

1) Friday evening 7-10 pm

2) Sunday afternoon 2-5 pm

3) Sunday afternoon 1-4 pm

4) Doesn't matter, happy with any of these options

Directors will be asking for feedback the week after next. Please don’t vote on more than one night.


The Bridge Zone - Broadcast on 24 Septmeber 2019

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