Hamilton Bridge Club : Suspension of ALL Bridge - updated 27 March

To all club members:

Time has moved on since the Club made the decision to suspend all Bridge at the Club

We are now all into day 2 of our 28 day lock down ( or "home stay" ) so the suspension of play will continue until the lock down concludes. The committee will continue watching government recommendations and edicts on life returning to "normal" in NZ with a view to setting a possible date for the restarting of Bridge. This next update will not be until after Easter

Tournaments the Club was to run in the next 2 months are very likely cancelled but efforts to re-schedule them will be made if dates are available. These changes will not be investigated until the lock down is finished in this region

Bridge at Hamilton continues to be suspended until at least the date the lock down is concluded. Any changes or updates will be placed on our website and Facebook page, and circulated through email

Any queries or concerns can be emailed to the club’s email address (secretary@hamiltonbridge.co.nz), or directly to a committee member

We hope and trust members stay well and safe, and very much look forward to seeing you all at the bridge table soon!
Please keep in contact with our elderly members and offer any assistance they may need if things get worse

Desperate for 'a game' ?

Players at Hamilton Bridge's Pairs Tournament

Day 2 of our enforced holiday @ Club 'HOME' and are any symptoms appearing yet -
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Hamilton Bridge Club - Suspension of ALL Bridge

To all club members:

Earlier in the week we received a bulletin from NZ Bridge recommending that clubs close for three weeks as a response to the Covid-19 virus issues. A copy of this document can be viewed by clicking here

Guided by this advice, and after discussion, the Committee has reluctantly decided that in the interests of the club and our members, all our bridge competitions and play must be suspended from Monday 23 March 2020

In line with those recommendations play is initially suspended for three weeks. This will be reviewed regularly with updates placed on our website and Facebook page, and circulated through email

At this stage bridge lessons, after discussions with the attendees, are also suspended

Any queries or concerns can be emailed to the club’s email address (secretary@hamiltonbridge.co.nz), or directly to a committee member

We hope and trust members stay well and safe, and very much look forward to seeing you all at the bridge table soon! Please keep in contact with our elderly members and offer any assistance they may need if things get worse

Hamilton Pairs

Hamilton today hosted it's first ever combined Junior, Intermediate & Novices Pairs Tournament with 54 pairs taking part. The players came from a wide part of the North Island - Waitomo to Taupo to Mount Maunganui to Thames along with 30 pairs from Hamilton for a good day of bridge

Players at Hamilton Bridge's Pairs Tournament




Winners on the day were -

Intermediate Pairs

  • 1st 127.7% Graeme Hope & Trini Lin
  • 2nd 116.9% Megan Jolly & Leanne Curry
  • 3rd 113.4% Roger Gunning & Ian Ross

Junior Pairs

  • 1st 119.4% Vaughan Samuelson & Francoise Campbell
  • 2nd 118.3% Allison Vince & Barb Wilson
  • 3rd 115.4% Julie Hooper & Jane Sandelin

Novice Pairs

  • 1st 63.4% Judy Cooper & Rachelle Meijer
  • 2nd 60.4% Alistair Steyn-Ross & Moira Steyn-Ross
  • 3rd 51.9% Michelle Paterson & Chris Goulding

Many thanks to the kitchen crew of Joan Egger, Barbara Daly, Catherine Cameron, Linda Lin, Val West, Cathy Nolen, Colleen de Luen and also to Jenny Seavill who always makes the delicious muffins. No tournament is a success without the help from members catering for the players.
Well done ladies

Ella

The Bridge Zone - Broadcast on 4 March 2020

Proudly supported by NZ Bridge – taking Bridge to the airwaves

Kiwi







Gold Coast Congress Round Up

     280 New Zealander’s did very well across the ditch

     Kiwis fight out the Open Teams Final

     It was a nail biter….
Kiwi







Judge Julie speaks....
     Opening Leads

     Kibbitzing

Prizes

     What is the most unusual prize you have won ever

Taranaki Congress

     It’s like pick’n’mix

     Too much choice

     Can you pick the top 3……

Bridge – Midnight Madness Tournaments

     Will they get off the ground

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 26 February 2020

Proudly supported by NZ Bridge – taking Bridge to the airwaves

Gold Coast Congress

     a smaller scale of the Aussie Tennis Open is watched

     Barry shares some results

     How many kiwis are there………

Kiwi






Judge Julie speaks.... Cards for Africa

laurie Kelso


   Laurie Kelso




   Barry chats to Laurie Kelso

        Australian Bridge National Events Co-ordinator with Matthew McManus
        Chief Director - Victorian Bridge
        World Bridge Federation Connected

   Tim Runting

        Gold Coast Congress Convenor
        He is well recognised for his Chess abilities too

Off the Mark








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THE BRIDGE ZONE   ( click to listen )

The Bridge Zone - Broadcast on 19 February 2020

Proudly supported by NZ Bridge – taking Bridge to the airwaves

High Fives


   "Keep Bridge Alive" Pro Am Tournament starts Thursday (UK time) in London

   Click here to read the earlier Bridge Zone episode on the Tournament


Keep Bridge Alive Pro Am - we speak with Dr Samantha Punch from Scotland

Judge Julie speaks....

Results

     National Swiss Pairs from Christchurch    Winners – Peter Newell and Martin Reid
    
     Auckland Bridge's Bell Taylor Pairs    Bell Salver (men ) Winners – John Wang , June Lei
                                                              Taylor Salver (women) Winners – Bev Henton , Frances Ball
    

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 )

Bridge - "The Ultimate Card Game"

Come March, the Club will again run lessons for those who want to learn to play bridge or those who would like to repeat the lessons.
This year Mark Thomson will be organising the lessons running Tuesday evening and Friday morning - contact him at the phone number in the programme book or email him at markthomson@hotmail.co.nz
Should you have friends, family, work mates etc. who may be interested in learning bridge there is further information here on our website, in the local free Hamilton newspapers, flyers available to be distributed and even a movie on the Club's Facebook page
It is important we all go out and seek these beginners and possible members of our Club as failure to keep our membership numbers up will make the game we all enjoy more expensive !!!

Download or view - 2020 Lessons Flyer ( click here )
View the lessons information on - Hamilton Club Facebook ( click here )
Read the web page - Hamilton Bridge Website Lessons page ( click here )
Secret Club Movie
( Click above to play the movie )

The Bridge Zone - Broadcast on 12 February 2020

Proudly supported by NZ Bridge – taking Bridge to the airwaves

  It’s a numbers show today
  Who would have thought that we talk numbers so often

Numbers










Rotorua Teams

Grand slams for Africa at Rotorua – wow – plenty to be had there

     Winners    - Malcolm Smith, Karen Harris, Evelyn Hurley, Kathy Yule
    
     Handicap Winners    - John Driscoll, Rona Driscoll, Heini Lux, Alan Dick

    
Forcing Bids

      Barry yaks about these - it should be so simple
      
      Game force is game force
      Support with support

Gold Coast Congress

      Another excellent Congress to go to
      We have reached out to Tim Runting – the Convenor
      Hope to get an update with what’s happening over there
      The Corona virus – we wonder what if any impact it may have on the event
Gold Coast Life Saver







Waihi All Grades March 14th

      Get your entry in
      1st cab off the rank for the new Restricted League
      

Team Mates Announced for the Mixed Teams going to Italy

      Welcome - Sam and Jo Simpson
      What’s the cost per person? – we had a quick tally up
      Book in your seats…
Shipping Crates








Post card from Scotland

      We have an update from Sam Punch
      Keep Bridge Alive Pro Am is next weekend in London
      

Judge Julie

      Here’s looking at you darling…
      Apple pie
      
Eyes......







Tip of the week

      At the 5 level - no wrinkles here
      

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THE BRIDGE ZONE   ( click to listen )

Success for Hamiton Bridge Club members - they are off to Italy!

Bridge winners

1st place -    Jenny Millington and Barry Jones (and teammates)
2nd place -   Liz and Blair Fisher with ex club members Sam and Jo Simpson

The trials for the NZ Mixed Teams were held over the weekend in Christchurch with four Hamilton club members rising to the top of a very strong field. Jenny and Barry will be representing New Zealand at the World Bridge Championships in Salsamaggiore (try to pronounce that) in August as another pair is to be chosen to make up a 6 person team, who knows, maybe Liz and Blair will be joining them

Updated Thursday 6th - NZ Bridge has announced that Blair & Liz have missed out being selected with the last two places going to ex Club members Jo & Sam Simpson       Read the the NZ Bridge story here"

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