2018 NZ Bridge National Congress - Day 4......

Day 4 of the Congress was the start of the NZ Teams. 108 Teams, some with up to 6 members are taking part this year. After 2 days of qualifying 3 Teams with Hamilton players are in the top 16. These top 16 teams now compete with the winners advancing via the quarters and semi's to the finals on Friday / Saturday

Commiserations to the Morgan team with Hamilton's Ella Gray & Michael Neels who missed qualifying by 1.43 VPs

Teams qualifying for post play with Hamilton club members -

Placing / Team Hamilton Members
4th / Gibbons Brett Glass & Gary Foidl
5th / Carter Barry Jones, Jenny Millington
16th / Li Yuzhong Chen

2018 NZ Bridge National Congress - Days 1...3

A record number of players (close to 700!) are now in Hamilton taking part in the NZ Bridge Congress. The Congress which attracts the best players from around New Zealand along with players from Australia is being held at the Distinction Hotel in Te Rapa.
One of the premier events the New Zealand Pairs has now reached the Finals stage and concludes Monday evening. The top 28 pairs from the qualifying will battle for national honours with the next 28 pairs competing in the plate final

In the running from the Hamilton club are Barry Jones and Jenny Millington (qualified in 7th place) and Blair Fisher (with George Masters qualified in 16th place).

Results to date - these Hamilton club members have finished in the top 10 in their events so far (top 5 for Novices)-

Event Result
NZ Youth Teams: 2nd handicap - Shaun Hewitt,Daniel Spencer & Teammates
Novice Pairs: 1st NS - Megan Jolly & Janice Wilton
Congress Pairs: 5th - Yuzhong Chen (partner Herman Yuan)
9th - Ella Gray & Michael Neels
10th - Liz Fisher (partner Michael Curry)
Open Restricted Pairs: 3rd - Clare Coles (partner Anna Kalma)
NZ Pairs: 12th - Blair Fisher (with George Masters)
18th - Jenny Millington & Barry Jones
NZ Pairs Plate: 10th - Brett Glass & Gary Foidl
11th - Ian Clayton(with Noel Woodhall)
Back to the Future Teams: 3rd - Graham Stern, Alan Parkes & Teammates
4th - Liz Fisher & Teammates

The Bridge Zone - Broadcast 8 August 2018 - Interview with BLAIR FISHER

Hamilton's own Blair Fisher is interviewed on The Bridge Zone today. Click on this link


to listen to the show and Blair's fascinating account of his rise to victory in the North Island Pairs after something of a disastrous start. We are all proud of you Blair - and a great interview too - well done!

Hamilton Teams & Intermediate Pairs

14 July saw Hamilton run the Hamilton Teams & Intermediate Pairs competitions. 20 Teams took part in the teams event with 28 pairs competing in the Intermediate Pairs.
The Intermediate event was won by Judith Howard & Joanne Swanwick from the Matamata Club with Ruth Van Praagh & Dayelle Cole from Cambridge in 2nd place. Hamilton pair Phil Thompson & Ian Ross were in 3rd place.
In the Junior section Megan Jolly & Leanne Curry came in first place followed by Jane Weir & Francoise Campbell

Winners of the Hamilton Pairs - Judith Howard / Joanne Swanwick

Runners Up - Ruth Van Praagh / Dayelle Cole

Top Juniors- Megan Jolly / Leanne Curry

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You can check all the results the Hamilton Web Site by clicking the following link for Hamilton results

The Hamilton Teams Competition was won by the "Carter Team" consisting of Patrick Carter & Julie Atkinson from the Auckland Club together with Hamilton's Barry Jones & Liz Fisher

National 15A Swiss Pairs @ Hamilton

Hamilton hosted the NZ Bridge's National 15A Swiss Pairs over the past weekend with a high quality field of 58 pairs taking part. It turned out to be a very close contest with the winners - Grant Jarvis & Ian Berrington - getting home by a very small 0.51 VP's over Michael Ware & Geo Tislevoll. Third place a further 4.45 VP's back were Pamela Livingston & Jan Cormack

Hamilton was well represented in the top part of the field with Ian Clayton and his partner in 9th place, Blair & Liz Fisher in 11th and Malcolm Smith & Michael Neels in 15th place

Winners of the NZ Bridge 15A Swiss - Grant Jarvis / Ian Berrington

Runners Up - Michael Ware / Geo Tislevoll

Third - Pamela Livingston / Jan Cormack

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You can check all the results the NZ Bridge Web Site by clicking the following link 15A Swiss Pairs results

Taking Bridge to the Community......

Have you ever heard of the Settlement Centre Waikato ? Well the Club hadn't till recently when Jane Stearns came and asked your Club to assist her in teaching a group of 17 refugees and migrants. The course is run by the Settlement Centre and aims to help them integrate into NZ society and settle into the Hamilton & Waikato areas. The students on this course are a mixture of migrants and refugees from Afghanistan, Syria, Colombia, Congo, Hong Kong, Korea, Pakistan and Cambodia and Jane, assisted by members of both the Hamilton & Cambridge Bridge Clubs, is teaching them to play bridge as part of this process.
To help these newcomers further the Club has waived membership fees and is looking at a special arrangement for their table money for a period while they adjust to their new country. If you would like to know more or possibly help talk to Jane Stearns, Mereanna Cullen or Phil Thompson

Students learning bridge

Interclub Teams - the facts.....

On 24 June Hamilton competes in the Waikato Bays Inter-club Teams which this year Hamilton is hosting. The 12 clubs in the Waikato portion of Waikato Bays area ( Thames through to Taumarunui ) are all invited to enter a team in each of the three grades of the competition. At the end of the day's bridge the Team with the best combined VPs will win the Waikato Inter-club Teams Trophy and along with the 2nd placed club go to compete against the Bay of Plenty teams in Rotorua on July 29

The Hamilton team consists of the winning teams from the Wednesday night Hamilton Bridge Teams Championship and the Junior & Intermediate winning teams from Elsie Pohio Intermediate & Junior Championships on Thursday night

Representing Hamilton will be this years Open Team winners - Blair & Liz Fisher with Barry Jones & Jenny Millington who won this year's Hamilton Club Teams Championship. Joining them are the Intermediate winners of the Elsie Pohio Championship - Karen Thomson, Kim Thompson, Catherine Cameron, Trini Lin, Catherine Glyde (S) along with Jim Ward, Bruce Cresswell, Stewart Lawrence, Bill West & Lois Jones (S) who won the Elsie Pohio Junior Championship

Ladies Day - Double Winners

The club-rooms buzzed with quiet activity for six hours of bridge in the Ladies Day tournament held on Tuesday. In the Open division, congratulations go to joint winners - Judy McLeod and Judith Malcolm from Tauranga and Lesley Quilty and Kathy Yule, Matamata with both partnerships ending with a total 497 matchpoints.
Top Hamilton pair, Linda Lin and Gillian Corbett achieved 3rd place. Hamilton members Kay Dixon and Pam Halls featured as the Intermediate division winners with Margaret Boyd and Anne McCarthy achieving 3rd place. Jane Weir and Sue Collinge were the top Junior pair climbing up the ladder with an excellent afternoon score of 58.31%.

Special thanks go to Craigs Investment for their generous
sponsorship towards the prizes and raffles.


100 Happy Returns

This past weekend long time Club member Enid Trower turned 100 and was the recipient of one of Jane's special birthday cakes. Pictured above is Enid along with Chris Trower at her morning tea last Friday. The Club wishes you well and may you enjoy many more birthdays......

A little more on the life and times of Enid can be found here

2018 Subs are overdue !

Our piggy bank is not a bottomless pit and unfortunately needs a "top up" from time to time

Your subs are a large part of the way this happens and were due by the end of March

There are unfortunately rather a high percentage of subs still outstanding so if you fit this category can you please pay......


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