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The Bridge Zone - Broadcast on 6 November 2019

Proudly supported by NZ Bridge – taking Bridge to the airwaves

A horse race

  Mariana’s pick -     Vow and Declare

  Barry’s pick -      Master of Realty

  Or is it




Learn about how barriers are drawn, hot dog stands, turn of foot, how to pick winners

Melbourne Cup
     Hamilton Bridge Club hosts the Melbourne Cup Bridge Race
     Bruce Cresswell joins us as Track Master for the fun event
     He shares what happened at the Club Tuesday

Zelda Morris and NZ Wide Pairs results

Survival of the fitness – are you a survivor at the table?
Barry is still reading that book, Match Point Bridge by HW Kelsey

Judge Julie -
             non forcing and forcing bids – what’s alertable?
             And what do you do if your unhappy with Directors ruling

Hi to Australian friends, Hugh Grosvenor from Tasmania and Tim Runting – Gold Coast Congress Convenor

Want a call – drop us an email – bridgezoneshow@gmail.com and we will contact you…….     It’s that simple !

THE BRIDGE ZONE   ( click to listen )

The Bridge Zone - Broadcast on 30 October 2019

Proudly supported by NZ Bridge – taking Bridge to the airwaves

NZ Wide Pairs - Get your entries in to a club near you

Wine Bottles

  Thanks to Babich Wines for their continued support


A patient in an Asylum

  Judge Julie talks about psych bids


Mike Neels continues his talks

A purple pot

  Bob Fearn - Hello Club



  Is there a counsellor in the house?


     Hamilton Congress
       Matua Jones and Mike Curry take out the Swiss Pairs
       Mike makes it a 2peat – 2018 and 2019
     Otago Congress
       Brad Johnstone and Matt Blakeley win the Open Pairs
       We share the results of the teams and Intermediate events as well

What about splinters and ace asking with a void…

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Labour Weekend Congress for 2019

Saturday the Hamilton Club hosted both the Intermediate Pairs and Hamilton Congress Pairs events with Geo Tislevoll & Grant Jarvis ( Akarana & Franklin ) heading home a small field of 28 pairs to take out the Congress Pairs event

Intermediate Pairs In the Intermediate Pairs Duncan White & Kevin Johns from the Waikato Club came out the winners over Adrienne Donald & Nita Knight from Thames

On Monday the Swiss Pairs was won by Barry Jones and Michael Curry from Hamilton. The Don team comprising Michael Courtney, Rose Don, Jo and Sam Simpson took out the Waikato-Bays Provincial Teams final.

The Bridge Zone - Broadcast on 23 October 2019

Proudly supported by NZ Bridge – taking Bridge to the airwaves

* Nigel Gresson interviews Malcolm Smith – National Recorder
National Recorder
     We learn about the role of the Recorders

* Barry has read a chapter of his old yet new book, Match Point Bridge – by HW Kelsey     

     Yoga mats may well come into fashion at Bridge session - hmmm

     Rona Driscoll joins us

X men
   X Men - X Women – X Club and X Grades –
   Mike Neels spreads more news on this wonderful freebie

* News on Open Restricted tournaments, retiring from Directing and Mereana’ annual trek to Taupo on the weekend

* No coffee was split and we got a podium

* Tournaments coming up Otago and Hamilton Congress over the long weekends

See you at the tables

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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.


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