Leaving Bridge... What now?

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When you have made the decision on the date to leave bridge we ask you to please tell the Club of your pending departure

This advance notice lets us plan your removal from the Clubs Systems – both Compass & Compa$$ and return any surplus funds we hold on your behalf to you. Also, it will let us advise NZ Bridge of your departure thus saving us of some or all of $23 levy we pay annually for all members.

Unfortunately not all members advise the Club when they leave which means the Club continues to pay levies to NZ Bridge until we find out you've left! Also we keep sending you invoices for your annual subscription along with adding your details in the programme book

So could we try for a tidy cut when you decide to part ways with Hamilton Bridge by you contacting the secretary at the numbers / email in the programme book


2022 Waikato InterClubs

Waikato 2022 Interclub Teams

The results for Sunday's play are below. Congratulations to Hamilton as the overall winners with Te Aroha as runners-up. Congratulations also to the top two teams in each individual grade who will represent their clubs in the finals against the Bay of Plenty clubs to be held in Cambridge in August.

Grade winners/runners-up are:

Open - Matamata and Te Aroha

Intermediate - Te Aroha and Thames

Junior - Waikato and Hamilton

We trust everyone had an enjoyable day. The results took a bit longer this year as we had to process the intermediate results to be able to integrate them with the overall results.


Interclub 2022 winners

( click Read More below to see the complete results)

Compass Virtual

As Face to Face Bridge returns to be the normal format for Club bridge all those converts of RealBridge are now facing a lack of play in their favorite format. Good news that Bob Fearn, the developer of the Compass scoring program has now incorporated RealBridge and Compa$$ together to bring you CompassVirtual Bridge. So you can have the best of both with Face to Face at the Clubs and RealBridge at home - click on the image above or this link to find out a little more on Bob's modifications to RealBridge and see it it suits your future bridge plans.....

Inter-Provincial Trials

Bridge inter-provinical trials

Last weekend players from around the Waikato Bays Region took part in the trials to select our representatives for the New Zealand Inter-Provincials ( IP's ) for 2022. These are competed for in 4 flights - Open, Intermediate, Senior and Women with the actual IP's taking place on-line in November.
After 2 days competition the Hamilton Club is well represented in the overall team selected to represent the Waikato Bays Region later in the year -

Open: Barry Jones and Jenny Millington

Women: Jenna Gibbons and partner, Karen Harris and Cherie Barton

Senior: Ella Gray and Michael Neels

Well done all and good luck for the finals......

Welcome Back

No more Sunday Bridge with Phil

 Welcome Back Promotion......

I guess it’s fair to say that all Clubs across the motu are finding it difficult to rebuild and return to normal services. The whack of Covid has put not only our game but the entire basis of our normal daily grind into chaos as we try to find our true North again
We read NZ Bridge’s guidelines and are attempting to kick start Hamilton Bridge Club back into life and the very basis of this genesis comes back to... the members
The core of our programme simply needs you playing
As the Committee strives to get bums on seats, we just need a few things from you:
   Play bridge
   Become financial
   Tell a fellow bridge player to come back to play
Quite a simple but immensely effective plan

There’s even a little bonus gift/competition on offer to returning players – no cost to you, it’s just a little thanks as a coming back gesture from the Club so check out the link for the T & C’s.     Click here for the details

 Hamilton Club President

Phil's Sunday Bridge ends

No more Sunday Bridge with Phil

 Lazy Sunday afternoon Bridge finishes......

Last Sunday (24th April) was the end of this event. Insufficient interest makes unecomomic to carry on with a session at this time.
It's possible Sunday afternoon bridge may return in another form later in the year if there is demand but for now "Goodbye"


Facemask Update

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Facemasks are now optional
To all club members -
With the change in traffic light setting from RED to ORANGE, the Club has done what many of you have been asking for re the wearing of facemasks - removed compulsory wearing.
From April 19th on-wards the wearing of facemasks at the Club for all bridge is now optional. Please now return to regular play as you said you would as your Club needs you !

Members can now bring visitors along to all sessions

RealBridge will continue to be offered as an alternative to those who don't feel comfortable with this change at the Club.

Hamilton Bridge
April 2022

Subscription payments and Covid

Hi all

Another Covid year rolls on and we have now changed from Red to Orange but to a lot of us we aren't sure if this is actually real improvement. The Club has noticed this also by the all time low speed that payments of members subscriptions have arrived so far this year.
In a "more normal" year this is not really an issue as the Table Money received helps even out our cash flow, but this year Table Money is also down meaning that managing our cash flow is becoming a challenge and a potential problem. Unfortunately the Club's piggy bank is not a bottomless pit and does require a "top up" from time to time !

So where to now? - we are planning on returning another session to face to face bridge as the current events finish which is what a lot of you are telling us you would like. If this return of bridge at the Club back to face to face is still leaving you uncertain about playing, come and talk to our secretary or the committee and arrange to have your current membership put "on hold" for a period. It will help us smooth our cash flow a little in that we will not need to pay the $23 NZ Bridge Levy we pay for each member yearly and we will still be able to include you in our future budget and planning.

Should you be in the group who are playing and haven't yet paid your subscription we ask you to pay it now as it is overdue. If you choose not to pay or contact us about being "on hold" for a period, please don't be offended if we contact you by email or phone to ask about payment intentions as this group is still rather large......

Hamilton Bridge

Tuesday Night Bridge - return to Face to Face


 Tuesday Evening Bridge
 Return to "Face to Face" from April 12

The Match Committee has decided to return Tuesday Night bridge to Face to Face Bridge. This commences next Tuesday - 12th April which is the first week of the Alder Trophy Individual Pairs. When organising partners for this event remember to qualify in the event you need a different partner for each of the three nights


RealBridge v Face to Face

Back at the end of February the Club undertook a short survey to see what members' preferences were for playing bridge at the Club and Face to Face or on-line via RealBridge. The response to the survey was very good with around 130 replies which is approximately 50% of the current membership. The Club thru the committee is watching all the bridge being played currently and considering possible changes in play at the end of each of the current events ( i.e. every 3 weeks ). The other good news is that the majority of members seem likely to return to "bridge as it was" once the current Covid peak has passed


( click Read More below to see the complete article )

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