Success in Northland

Marie and Alison


On January 6th and 7th Kerikeri hosted a two day event sponsored by Craigs Investment Partners. Marie Milsum teamed up with her partner of old, ex-Rotorua player Alison Beer to play in this and they won the Bay Of Isands’ Holiday Pairs, held on the Sunday, (as well as being also runners-up in the Swiss Pairs on the Saturday), rounding off the day with a whopping 71.27% !
Many people from all over the country attended this popular event, so well done to Marie and Alison! Obviously distance hasn’t affected their partnership.

Employment Appointment

Carola Gohring has been appointed to the Cleaning Role at our Club, effective from last week. Carola is one of our members and will continue the responsibilities that Regina and Joe Van Der Sluis had in this role. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Regina and Joe for their commitment to the cleaning role over the …

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Member contact details – are yours current?

Members, its getting close to that time of year when we produce the programme booklet for next year. It’s important that we have your correct phone number(s), so if this has changed during the year please let Jody Richardson know. Same with postal and email addresses, particularly the latter for Vodafone customers. Jody keeps the member database up to date, …

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Fun and fashion at the Cambridge Sixes

Dashing 1920s style and some black magic and sorcery were on show when the Rotorua teams competed in the Cambridge Sixes Tournament on Saturday 12 August.

The event, held at the Karapiro Convention Centre, is now the largest one day tournament in NZ, the fun formula of great bridge, trivia and some old fashioned fun of dress up and spot prizes proving very popular. Each team consists of an Open, Intermediate and Junior pair, which makes it a great way for players at different stages of their bridge to join together, and this year there was a total of 44 teams of 6, the largest field ever.

The Geyser Squad finished 12th out of 44, with the Open pair of Ian and Pam Moore coming 5th in their grade. The other Rotorua team, The Sulphur City Scorcerers comprising Heini Lux and Alan Dick, Leonie Pritchard and Mark Bendall, Maggie and Peter Bentley finished 27th overall – the Bentleys came 13th in the Junior grade which was an excellent result in such a big tournament.

It was a great day for all with fantastic food, prizes and raffles.

Support our Sponsors


Here is Pam Moore’s experience:
Recently Ian and I decided to sell a rental property we have owned for twenty years. Having enjoyed Scratchies, bidding pads and pens at our bridge club supplied by Stu Phillips, we decided to offer Stu our property to market and hopefully sell.
The house went under contract (at a premium price) a day after it went on the market and three weeks later became unconditional. There were a few minor bumps along the way, which Stu dealt with positively, knowledgeably and with good humour. All my overreactive phone calls were dealt with respectfully and patiently.
So if you’re looking to buy or sell your property- the Moore’s advice is -call Stu. 021 780 785
Extra bonus: we had $1000 worth of free advertising which also worked in our favour to sell the house.

New club Grand Master

Congratulations to Pam Moore, who has recently been named a Grand Master and has joined a select group of Rotorua players, past and present to attain that status. Even rarer is to have a husband and wife who are both Grand Masters, as Ian and Pam now are.
They are two of four current club Grand Masters, the others being Neil Dravitzki and Tom Winiata. (Please let me know if I’ve missed any).
Previous Grand Master couples in the club include Ian and Cynthia Clayton, and Bruce and Merle Marr.

Pam and Ian Moore showing her recently awarded certificate.

Volunteer of the Month – Heini

NZ Bridge have this year instigated a Volunteer of the Month Award and our very own Heini Lux is this month’s recipient. Heini has been a member of the Rotorua Club for over 30 years. He has been President, is currently a Vice President and has served on the committee for many years. His work for the club has included …

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Annual General Meeting

The AGM and election of officers for 2017 was held on Thursday 1 December. The main positions remained the same with Alan Dick, Vera Bush and Elspeth Goodrick remaining as president, secretary and treasurer respectively. Margaret Hodgson and Heini Lux are vice-presidents and Margie Robbie is the tournament secretary. The new committe is Colleen Allen, Mark Bendall, Paul Cosgrove, Wendy …

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Contact details

Members – have you changed your contact details in the last year? New address, phone number or email? If so, please contact Jody so that your new details can be recorded on our database. This will ensure that your correct phone number goes into the 2017 programme booklet and that you receive your booklet if you do not attend the …

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Congress success!

Congratulations John Kelly, who together with partner Michael Neels from Cambridge won the New Zealand Open Restricted Title 2016 at Congress last week. Here they are enjoying a well-earned drink!
michael-and-john

Other players from Rotorua also did well in the teams and seniors events.

(Thanks to Cambridge BC for photo.)

The luck of the draw…

One of the good things about bridge tournaments is that even if the bridge doesn’t go well, there is always the chance of winning a prize in the raffle. One pair from Rotorua were at a tournament recently where they were watching the prize pool dwindle until there were just two options left – a pair of socks and a …

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