Hamilton Sevens

Last weekend on Saturday and Sunday Hamilton hosted the New Zealand round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens at the FMG Stadium. Our Club uses car parking at the Sevens and other games at FMG as a fund raiser for the Club. This year the Sevens car parking brought in excess of $3000 to the Club funds.
Organising the parking for the first time was Bruce Cresswell who has taken the job over from Nigel G the previous leader of the team running the parking on the day. Bruce started out with the biggest event of the year but had excellent support making the two day event a successful fund raiser.....
Bruce C and the Police....







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Thanks also to Nigel, Margaret, Richard, Don, Mary, Roger, Sonya, Michael, Cath, Marilyn, Cathy, Karen along with reserves Phil & Ann. We were so well served we even sent some Volunteers home but you can be assured of our appreciation for all the time volunteered.

The Bridge Zone - Broadcast on 30 January 2019


It’s official, Barry Jones has lost the plot

He’s in a pickle over a new drink and it’s not medicine

I suggest random drug testing – and BTW – he’s a maths whizz too

The Bridge Zone Racing Channel goes live to all listeners and we announce our next Race Meeting

How well did Barry’s selections go at the Tauranga Mini Congress and we ask that you show us your form via email

South Island Teams in Dunedin – Brad Johnston, John McAllister, Richard Solomon, Gary Chen will be there

Check out the field and make your picks

Come out on top and we will send you something from the Bridge Zone Prize cupboard


Where do tributes feature in the game of Bridge and Kate Terry may be the next NZ Idol

Gambling 3NT – the basics are discussed plus an escape route and the Irish have their own take on this bid

Book of the week will keep your mind active, it’s a tippy day for us all

This week..... 121 Tips for Better Bridge by Paul Mendelson

Surprised we got thru the show today folks – it was a laugh

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The Bridge Zone - Broadcast on 23 January 2019

On the Bridge Zone Racing Channel – Barry places his bets for the winning teams at Tauranga’s Mini Congress this weekend

Based on current form and names his “roughy” pick, he did well at Thames – can he repeat it?

Exciting things that happened at Mereana’s and Barry’s workplace last week


We discuss pre nuptials – who got married and who are back as a Bridge partnership after a decent separation

Is there a reason for a Bridge Partnership to have a pre nup agreeement – Barry shares 2 lines of thought for a solid basis of a pre nup

Playing Directors – some points of discussion and Julie Atkinson will join us next week


A new weekly event – we highlight a Bridge Book and share some of it’s content

This week.....

Book 4 – Matchpoints by Kit Woolsey

Double Flaw – Loaded Dice – it’s all so interesting

If you have a favorite book or reference that you want to share with us, please email bridgezoneshow@gmail.com and we will add it into a show

And who passes at the Bridge Table all night just to see what their results will be?

Kamikaze 1NT openings – what the heck!

Ciao m

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The Bridge Zone - Broadcast on 16 January 2019

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The end has been PUNCHED thru - we close off our conversation with Samantha
Postcard from Scotland will return in February

Tournament Directors are discussed – Is there gender and/or age inequality issues here?

We announce our next guest on the Bridge Zone

Book 3 this year – Bridge, Zia and Me by Michael Rosenburg

We found a comment from Bob Hamman that may amuse some players

Lessons and what/how/does it really matter what we deliver - are raised and we hear a view point from Gerry Palmer

Results from the Thames Summer Festival and one from Canberra

Hopes and Dreams – do you have some for 2019?
Then are you keen to share them with us - Email Bridgezoneshow@gmail.com

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The Bridge Zone - Broadcast on 9 January 2019

Rating Points – Barry announces the Top 4 Players from 2019 list
Does he make the list?

How much Bridge per week, would you need to play to improve your game

Equality in the workplace is surging forward and auto pilot is happening in the Bridge World

The plan is to take small steps and awareness and self-awareness is key

Finding a partner – are you lonesome tonight and a tip to improve your Bridge this year

Card combinations – here’s a new read for you

    Suit Combination In Bridge – by Sally Brock

Thames Summer Festival – Carol and her team are hosting a good field

Got a tip to share – email us at bridgezoneshow@gmail.com

Gandhi makes it onto the Bridge Zone

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Special Trophies for 2018

The Hamilton Club awards a number of trophies each year based on performance of a player or a pair across the entire bridge year rather than just a single event.
The Mike Barton Trophy is awarded to the most promising player or pairs ( excluding Grand Masters ) based on their increase in Rating Points over the Hamilton Club bridge year.
This year the Trophy was awarded to Jo Millington & Mike Everard
The Audrey Dixon Cup for the most improved Junior player is also calculated on rating points was awarded to Shaun Hewitt. Megan Jolly was in a very creditable second place a very small number of points behind Shaun

Winner of the Audrey Dixon Cup - Shaun Hewitt with very close runner up Megan Jolly

Mike Barton Trophy Winners - Jo Millington & Mike Everard

Bridge Zone Contact Details

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Fashion statement

2018 AGM

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Barry & Mereana recording BRIDGE ZONE
The hosts of THE BRIDGE ZONE, Barry and Mereana in the Hamilton studio of FreeFM89 recording the latest episode

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