PRESIDENT MARK AND PARTNER JEFFREY TRIUMPH IN TAUPO!

Leading from the front ... congratulations to our President Mark Thomson and his partner Jeffrey Chang playing in Taupo today. Steady and accurate play saw them score a 59.42% in the morning, following it up with a 59.23% in the afternoon. Combined, this consistency brought them to the winners podium. Many congratulations to Mark and Jeffrey on their success in Taupo Intermediate.

JANE AND DI'S BLOG FROM GOLD COAST CONGRESS

Emerald Day at the Gold Coast. Here are Jane and Di, sporting the costumes Di made, with a familiar face that popped up!
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HELEN HEALY - LATEST GRANDMASTER FOR HAMILTON

Congratulations to Hamilton's Helen Healy on reaching the rank of Grandmaster. She was honoured today by the wider Waikato Bridge Community at the first heat of the WAPS in Matamata and presented with a heart for Valentine's Day.
Helen Healy - GrandmasterHelen Healy - Grandmaster
Also featuring at the WAPs were those seasoned campaigners, Ian and Cynthia Clayton who took the runner up slot.

HAMILTON PLAYERS FEATURE IN FINAL BADEN WILSON RANKS REPORTS FOR 2015

Congratulations to Blair Fisher who is the 2015 Baden Wilson Trophy (Male) winner. This is a tough competition to win and Blair won it by earning 338.25 A points in NZ in the 2015 calendar year. He won it in a canter, 66 points ahead of Akarana’s Michael Whibley.

Two other Hamilton players feature on the final list: Barry Jones finished 28th with 144.16 and Brett Glass is 30th with 141.31

Meanwhile, in the Female division, Jenny Millington was 5th with 151.88 and Liz Fisher finished 6th with 151.41. The other Hamilton lady to feature is Rosie Don who claimed 24th place with 101.04. Jenny now just requires a combination of 15 A and B points to reach the top rank of Gold Grand Master.

Looking that the final Ranks Report there are some other notable Hamilton achievements:

Dallas Dagg is the 8th ranked female National Master.

Michael Neels is the 2nd ranked male National Master and Tyrel Glass is 10th in that category.

Cherie Aston is the 3rd ranked female Provincial Master.

Elaine Rayner is the 9th ranked female Local Master.

Jeffrey Chang is the 3rd ranked male Local Master.

Jol Glyde is the 8th ranked Club Master (unfortunately for his wife, Catherine, she went up a grade to Local Master at the end of they year and so doesn’t feature on the Club Master list where she would have been 3rd).

Karen Harper, new to bridge in 2015, finished joint TOP ranked Novice female.

Stewart Lawrence, is the joint 2nd ranked Novice male.

Congratulations to you all!

[Grateful thanks to Ed Roggeveen for providing the information above]

Anne's Christmas Cake

As a lot of the members know Anne spent a lot of time in the kitchen here at the Club. Amongst her better known offerings was her Christmas cake for which there have been a number of requests.
So here as requested is the recipe for Anne's Christmas Cake

HAMILTON MINI MOOS SHOW THEIR FORM IN PUTARURU

A large contingent of Hamilton beginners took part in the Mini Moos afternoon bridge tournament in Putaruru Sunday afternoon. Full details and photos can be found on the Putaruru Bridge Club website under the Mini Moos tab, Results. http://www.south-waikato.bridge-club.org/

Congratulations to the 5 of them who came joint runners up.

Hamilton Mini Moos Runners UPHamilton Mini Moos Runners UP

Mary Mackwell had a scratch partnership with Tokoroa's Mariu Lintonbon, whlist Phil Longville and Barbara Anderson and Carissa Oliver and Karen Harper all played well to gather 70 IMPs.

Hamilton Congress Winners

The Hamilton Club hosted a successful weekend of bridge over Labour weekend with an number of our fellow club members coming out winners. Check the Hamilton Results page for the details -

Hamilton Swiss Pairs -
Winners : Dean Sole & Karen Harris
Runners up : Graham Stern & Alan Parkes

Waikato-Bays Provincial Teams -
Winners : Fisher Team
Runners up : Boughey Team

Hamilton Congress Pairs -
Winners : Gary Chen & Richard Solomon
Runners up : Herman Yuan & John Wang

Hamilton Intermediate Pairs -
Winners : Laurie Belfield & Beth Vosper
Runners up : Mark Thomson & Anna Kalma

Hamilton Winners

Anne Archbold passed away

Long-time Hamilton Bridge Club member and past president Anne Archbold passed away on 25th October.

Anne passed away peacefully at Mercy Hospice Auckland after a short illness

The Club would like to express its sympathy to Anne's family. F

BLAIR AND LIZ ROMP HOME IN TAUPO 8B

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Congratulations to Blair and Liz on securing victory today in the Taupo 8B pairs. A top of the room 60.53% in the morning followed by a successive top of the room score of 67.31% saw them outflank all other contenders. Well played!

Congress wrap......

The 30th National Bridge Congress took place at Hamilton’s Kingsgate Hotel from 28 September to 3 October and many local players took part – many of them regulars, while for others it was a new experience.
The two “main events” of Congress are the New Zealand Pairs and the New Zealand Teams, with both events being 25A status. The Pairs was first up. 141 pairs competed with the top 78 qualifying after two rounds. In 5th place were Yuzhong Chen playing with Cambridge’s Herman Yuan. In 7th was Cynthia Clayton playing with Tauranga’s Judy McLeod. Michael Neels qualified in 11th with Rotorua’s Heini Lux while Brett Glass and Gary Foidl were 17th. Just missing out by one position was Ian Clayton. A number of other notable Hamilton players did not get through this year. To be fair it can be a bit of a lottery and no doubt they’ll be back and doing their best to get in the mix next year.

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