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Inter-Provincial Teams

What are The Inter-Provincials or as they are more commonly known the IPs ?

The IPs are a teams competition in which the 7 NZ "Bridge Regions" ( Auckland-Northland, Waikato-Bays, Central Districts, Wellington, Top of the South, Canterbury & Otago-Southland ) complete against one another
These competitions take place in 4 different "grades" - Open, Intermediate, Women & Seniors with the overall winner being the the Region with the most points from the events in the 4 different grades

The overall winner is awarded the Dougal McLean Trophy which for the past 3 years has been held by the Wellington region

Again in mid November battle commences in Christchurch over 3 days were the regions will challenge each other with the aim of being the best!

Waikato Bays held trials recently in Tauranga with the result that these Hamilton Bridge Club members qualified for the inter-provincial teams :

Senior     -   Ella Gray and Michael Neels
Open      -   Yuzhong Chen and Noel Grigg
Women   -   Jenna Gibbons

Chef de Mission (CDM) for Waikato-Bays for the event is Jenny Millington


Sundays Novice Tournament @ Matamata

A reminder of the Novice tournament that takes place on Sunday March 11th @ Matamata.

A novice is anyone who has not reached "Certificate of Proficiency" (which means less than five masterpoints) as at the beginning of this year, OR anyone who started bridge in 2016 or later, regardless of how many masterpoints they have (unless they are already out of Junior grade).

Play starts in the Matamata clubrooms at 10am, come for morning tea at 9.30am.
Two sessions. $10, bring your own lunch.
Log in to the NZ Bridge website - http://www.nzbridge.co.nz/events.html and make your entries there.
Or email secretarywbbc@gmail.com if you need some help with entering.

Come on Waikato-Bays Novices and Juniors, get together, take a group YOU could win free entry to the 2018 Novice tournament in October's National Congress held in Hamilton.

Wednesday Bridge - 7 March

Can all players please check the results for round 2 and contact ellagray@orcon.net.nz if any corrections are required. Corrections can be made at any time, but only those received before 7 pm Wednesday will be included in this week’s draw.

Start Time - No change and play will start as usual at 7.30pm

Introducing our new Secretary

Members will see the friendly face of Donna Prentice in the office from this coming week. Donna will start her new position as Club Secretary on Tuesday 23rd January. Donna started playing bridge at our club, a graduate of our 2016 year, coming through in that short time to be a regular Thursday night and Friday morning attendee. Donna’s main attributes - her very approachable manner and can-do attitude, means members will be very well served in all aspects of the administration of our club. I am sure all members will make Donna welcome in her new role, be helpful to her and understand that she will not know all the answers immediately, but she will solve any queries or problems you have.

Donna’s days in the office will be Tuesday and Thursday mornings and Friday morning (before the bridge session) and early afternoon.

Thursday night Swiss results

Congratulations to Pam Burns and Val West, winners of the Thursday Swiss Pairs competition that was completed last night. Rising to the top table after round 7, this pair scored two very good wins on the third night to take the honours overall, followed by Judith Brooks and Kevin McCarthy in second place and Cathy Nolen and Ranjith Cooray coming in third.


Results for the 2017 Waikato Inter-Club Teams

Overall Club Placings :


Open       Intermediate Junior      Total
Waikato 96.00 111.66 115.66 323.32
Hamilton 104.2 96.54 84.64 285.38
Matamata 110.75 59.10 94.31 264.15
Tokoroa/Putaruru 84.31 82.41 90.26 256.98
Cambridge 78.55 94.30

2017 Waikato Interclub Teams

Sunday at the club was a mass of over 100 players – 27 club teams from the Waikato area competing for the grade honours to represent their clubs against the top clubs from the Bay of Plenty in August. Two Hamilton teams qualified for this final – the Open and Intermediate teams both finishing 2nd in their respective grades with our Junior team performing very creditably against strong opposition.

A huge thanks go to all the club members who spent many hours preparing for this event – Cathy who dealt the untold number of boards necessary, Dallas and David for setting up the innovative computing system to run the scoring, Karen and Gwyn who come and quietly do all the necessary tasks that need to be completed, Jane and her team in the kitchen and Cherie as the Director, brought in on Sunday morning due to an illness, who kept the playing room running smoothly in a very efficient and convivial manner.

Seating Times

How many times have you queried the reason for a late start to play on your night of bridge – “what is the Director doing,” somebody asks. Well, 95% of the time the answer to that question is “changing the playing settings on the computer to accommodate latecomers”

Seating instructions in our Bridge book for every session requests that players are seated 5 minutes before the start of play. This allows the Director to set the computer for the number of tables at that time. If another pair then arrives, the Director needs to reset the computer. Sometimes this can occur 2 – 3 times in one session, delaying the start of play as no Director likes to inform players that “no, you cannot play because you are too late” or worse, inflict a percentage penalty against your score for the night

So a plea to all players – please be seated 5 minutes before playing time and make our Directors happy

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