The Bridge Zone - Broadcast on 23 October 2019

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* 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

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

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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

2019 NZ Bridge Congress - Days 4-6

Day 4 of the Congress was the NZ Open Teams qualifying & the Restricted Open Teams with a total of 116 teams taking part. The top 16 Open teams qualify for the second day's play. Liz and Blair Fisher & teammates qualified in 8th place but didn't manage to get to the quarter finals. Still it was a great effort. Day 5 was other team events and day 6 the pairs events.

Event Placing / Hamilton Members
NZ Restricted Open Teams 2nd / Catherine Glyde 4th / Diane Emms 6th / Kevin Whyte
Senior Teams 2nd / Ian Clayton 9th / Richard Fletcher
Intermediate Teams 2nd / Kay Dixon 3rd / Leanne Curry, Megan Jolly
Multiple Teams 8th / Jenna Gibbons
Senior Pairs 3rd / Michael Neels, Ella Gray
Same Sex Pairs 5th / Graham Stern, Alan Parkes
Mixed Pairs 6th / Jo and Sam Simpson
Junior Pairs 8th / Mike Everard, Jo Millington

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.


The Bridge Zone - Broadcast on 24 Septmeber 2019

Proudly supported by NZ Bridge – taking Bridge to the airwaves

Mugs away - at Congress

Coffee Cup

  Send us in an email to win a reusable cup

  Savings are to be made at Congress for the Barista Coffee drinkers

Venice Cup

  Richard Solomon gives us the final countdown


Judge Julie

     World Champs
     Transnational Teams Event

     Open Pairs
     Restricted Open Teams

Ta Dah !!!

We make some predictions
Have a guess – again, the Bridge Zone Prize Draw Cupboard is open for each section

Gentle reminder people - Have an awesome Congress

You don’t know what you’re missing, if you not there

Playing Bridge until your eyes go wonky – what could be better ……

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

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The Bridge Zone - Broadcast on 18 September 2019

Proudly supported by NZ Bridge – taking Bridge to the airwaves

We are in China attempting to collect silverware

Check out the NZ Bridge Web Site to keep up with the play - Results so far for NZ and Aussie

These are what we are competing for -

Bermuda Bowl

  Open Men’s - Bermuda Bowl


Venice Cup

  Open Women - Venice Cup


d'Orsi Trophy

  Seniors - d’Orsi Trophy


Under Alias

  Mixed - "under alias"


Ta Dah !!!

  Judge Julie is back....


Smacked hand again – be warned this could self-destruct in 5 seconds

Congress could be fun or annoying for some

Don’t blame me…… yeah nah - yeah right

New additions to the Silver and Grand master ranks

     Rotorua Restricted
     Matamata Intermediate
     Howick 3A

 Tips and a Book of the week from Barry  

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

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