Happening soon.....

2023 on-wards is Face to Face Bridge - Face masks are OPTIONAL for all sessions
 Date  Event  Detail
Wednesday 7th June Hamilton Open 5A Swiss Pairs 7.30pm start, Entries by 5th June
Saturday 8th July - 10am Hamilton 5A Open Teams ON-LINE - Entries by 5th July
Sunday 30th July 2023 WAP's - Te Aroha 10am start and still only $10 !

Wednesday 5A's

Waps for 2023

Ladies Day Winners

22 pairs took part the Hamilton Ladies Day Mixed (Intermediate) Event with the winners Eileen Barker & Anne Berben coming from the Putaruru Club.
Second and third places were both from the Hamilton Club - in 2nd place Barbara Daly & Lucie Armstrong and in 3rd Helen Rinaldi & Catherine Cameron.

Many thanks to the days sponsor Craigs Investment Partners for helping make the day the success it was.

Unfortunately the Open Event needed to be cancelled due to lack of numbers. The problem experienced with the hand records being incorrect for the 2nd session has been corrected with the correct hands now on the web site

Craigs Chantal Baxter (left), Hamilton Vice President, Richard Wagstaff (right) with Hamilton Ladies Mixed (Intermediate) Pairs winners from Putaruru Eileen Barker & Anne Berben

Wednesday Night 10th May - PROGRAMME CHANGE

Wednesday night event Change

Restricted Teams starting May 10 re-scheduled
The May 10th event is now 3 week pairs event
The 3 week Restricted Teams scheduled to start next week on May 10th has been moved till later in the year as the date clashes with the Intermediate and Junior Teams Championships currently running on Thursday night

Hamilton Bridge Match Committee


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Hamilton now has EFTPOS

Last week the the Club received its own EFTPOS machine and after being configured with our bank is now operational. Its first test was last Friday at the parking we provide for the rugby which it passed without problems so its now available to use by all....
Currently the machine can be found with our secretary Julie but after a little training we hope to provide the same service thru our directors. This however comes with the proviso that this usage will not interfere with getting the bridge session underway at the correct time so don't leave it till the last moment !
There are few conditions to be aware of -
★   The machine DOES NOT DO WITHDRAWALS. So if you make a mistake you need corrected which is not possible to fix
      by cancelling the transaction you will need to contact our secretary to arrange help
★   This machine does not produce paper records for transactions. It does however offer the option for a receipt for the
      transaction to be emailed in the form of a PDF to be sent to an email address you enter
★   The machine is available for all payments the Club currently accepts - Compa$$ , Subscriptions , Tournament Entry Fees
      etc.... Please include both your name and bridge number when entering your details
★   All types of cards / transactions are accepted but there are some that cost the Club additional fees when used. We
      would prefer that members don't use these cards or transaction type if possible !

Hamilton Bridge
April 2023

Thursday Evening Bridge START TIME changes

Bridge Start Time Change

Thursday Evening Bridge
With winter approaching, shorter days etc. the regular players on Thursday night have taken a vote with the result that all Thursday Bridge Sessions will start at 7pm until after Day Light Savings returns on Sunday 24th September

Match Committee
P.S. Entries for the Intermediate and Junior Teams which start April 27th ( 2 weeks time) should take note of the new time as failure to arrive at the correct time has potential to impact on the whole event......

P.S.S. If you have yet to enter the Event then get your team together and complete the entry form here

Hamilton Restricted Results

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Sundays prize winners
Thanks to all who took part....
Sorry about the delay in the results being made available but when we came to print the results all the names for one of the sections came up blank !
It took a little bit of detective work to locate them and restore them before we could finish scoring the event
Complete results / placings can be found in the usual location
Once again sorry about the delay. We hope you enjoyed your day......

Mark Beavan & Tim Densem
19th =
Heather Sharp & Michele Liddle
Joy Williams & Guy Kalma
Wendy Blackman & Elspeth Goodrick
Jan Watts & Pam Moore
Catherine Cameron & Lucie Armstrong
Aaron Starr & Jeremy Fraser-Hoskin
Rachelle Meijer & Yuzhong Chen

Update: This list is now only the prize winners from this event rather than the place getters.
The Club will be in touch with all winners re the distribution of their prizes

2023 Intermediate & Junior Pairs Winners

32 pairs in the Intermediate Pairs from Auckland to Tauranga to Rotorua to Waitomo took part in the Hamilton Clubs first tournament of the year, The Juniors only managed 12 pairs. However both groups had an enjoyable days bridge nourished by Jane's classic - Bangers, mash and peas for lunch !

The Intermediate winners on the day were Hamilton's David Taylor & Helen Rinaldi over Liz Clayton & Vicki Jacobsen from Cambridge. In the juniors it was again a Hamilton pair in first place - Debbie Weston & Don Weston followed by Christine de Vries & Hilary Williams from Rotorua.

Click on the READ MORE button below to see photos of the winners

The coming year.....

hello 2023

Welcome to Hamilton Bridge for 2023 - One hopes you have had a good break and return refreshed for a new year of Bridge. It is going to be a year of considerable challenges from which we hope the Club emerges stronger …..

Regular Bridge for the 2023 year starts next week on Monday 30th January at 7pm.
Sessions for the rest of that week continue with bridge on the same days and times as played last year ( as in last year’s programme book )

Table Money - unfortunately due to increased costs and a lower playing membership it has been necessary to increase the Table Money to $5

If you need more information on session dates then open this link using your browser to see links for all the individual sessions or the complete week as currently planned

The Club has a very uncertain year coming where we have both positive and negative issues to consider and more importantly find solutions……


The Club this year will celebrate 70 years. Plans are being worked on for a celebration bridge / dinner event later in the year to mark this occasion. Currently this is likely to take place in July
▶ Congratulations to Blair and Liz Fisher both holding the top positions for the 2022 year for the Baden Wilson Trophy ( The Baden Wilson trophy is for the top overall 'A' point earners in a calendar year based on points earned in NZ only )
▶ The increased popularity of daytime bridge and further more the increased popularity of social bridge which is helping offset the decline in competitive bridge
▶ The Club is in the position of having reasonable reserves and while decisions will need to be made these do not need to be rushed
▶ The programme books for 2023 along with the invoices for the year should be available for distribution next week


▶ The need to increase Table Money and potentially other charges. Currently the Club has at best a stable but more likely slowly declining playing membership as a result of Covid along with the effect on members of national inflation which is beginning to force the Club to make unwanted decisions…… Costs due to inflation have increased considerably over the later part of last year

As an example the Clubs insurance bill in 2019 prior to Covid was $6800. This year’s invoice for the same being $9900 – an increase of $3100. This requires a membership increase of 37 to cover just this increased sum or about 775 members playing between them that number of additional sessions – this is approx. 20 additional tables of bridge played every week through the year ! Hence our major problem……

▶ The declining numbers playing evening / night bridge. It would seem that members have lost interest in night competitive bridge. We need around 5 - 6 tables to make a session viable to cover the costs of holding that session. It would seem likely that a combining of Monday and Thursday night sessions will be necessary to cover costs as well as providing a “better playing experience” for those taking part

▶ The collapse of Wednesday night bridge at the end of last year. Our Open Players by a large margin make up the smallest percentage of the grades at the club but due to their experience and ability want the best in the way of competition. Unfortunately the small number of Open players does limit the bridge experience available locally so with the advent of Real Bridge and other On-line systems which provide a better playing experience for our Open players they are playing less at the Hamilton Club. Should this trend continue its very likely the Wednesday programme for this year will need to be re-examined

▶ WAPs - The WAP's sessions also suffered low numbers during 2022 however the results of the recent survey show a preference for the status quo with face 2 face to bridge each month on the scheduled Sunday. We will be encouraging club intermediate players along with our regular open players to experience the friendly WAP sessions

As mentioned above the year ahead has a number of challenges –

● Maximise the numbers taking lessons this year and then retaining them as future members
● Minimise as much as possible the costs in running the club without in the first instance reducing the service and
    bridge experience for the members
● Maximise the number of times our members play during the week
● Don’t give our members any reason to leave the Club for a reason the Club controls……
● Investigate whether we can better use the building to increase our income
● Is sponsorship something the Club can benefit from and if so how ?
   ( Club Open Pairs Championship and like )

The Committee
Hamilton Contract Bridge Club

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