Intermediate Championship League 2018

Calling all WAIKATO-BAYS INTERMEDIATES and JUNIORS – Te Puke is hosting the first event of the of the INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP LEAGUE 2018 on Saturday 24 February. This event is open to all Waikato-Bays players who are not OPEN standard. The competition is based on collecting points in each of the nine League tournaments which are played at venues throughout W/Bays …

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X Club and Pianola

Our Club is a participant in the X Club, whereby we get to deal and play the same hands as other participating clubs in our region. The advantage of this is that the results on the hands can be calculated over the entire region and thus the effects of relatively small table numbers and variable field skill levels are removed …

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Interclub Teams Final

The finals for the Waikato Bays interclub teams were held in Cambridge on Sunday 27th August. The Rotorua Open team (Pam & Ian Moore and Tom Henwood & Tom Winiata) won the Open event winning all their matches. Unfortunately the original Intermediate team who qualified were unable to play in the final, but Rotorua were well represented by Roger Dempster, Leonie Pritchard, Kevin Jensen and Paul Rogers. They only lost one match and came third overall.
Well done everyone!

The victorious Open team with their trophy.

Interclub Bay Teams 2017

The Bay Teams Interclub competition was held at Rotorua on Sunday 30 July with teams from Mt Maunganui, Rotorua, Taupo, Tauranga, Te Puke and Whakatane taking part. Each club fielded a team in the Open, Intermediate and Junior grades.
It was a very successful day for the host club with Rotorua taking out the overall prize with 204 Victory Points across all the grades. Tauranga were second with 173 and Whakatane third with 166.
Within each grade, both the Rotorua Open and Intermediate teams won their competition and the Junior team came a very creditable third in theirs. The Open Rotorua team scored 61 VPs and Tauranga were second with 59. The Rotorua Intermediates amassed a whopping 90 VPs, followed by Whakatane on 57. In the Junior section, Whakatane were first with 65 and Tauranga second with 56. The top two teams in each section go through to the Waikato Bays final to be held in Cambridge on 27 August. (Because the Whakatane Intermediate team wasn’t eligible to go through, the third placed Tauranga will take their place.)
It was a very enjoyable day. Many thanks to the Rotorua members who organised the event, helped in the kitchen and provided a wonderful morning and afternoon tea, to Heini for directing, and well done to all the players!

The intermediate team relaxing after a good day’s work at the bridge table – from left Elspeth Goodrick, Joyce Reid, Cathy Ward and Wendy Blackman

Inter-provincial Trials 2017

A good contingent of Rotorua players made the trip to Tauranga for the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Inter-provinicial Trials, which were held over Saturday and Sunday 13 and 14 May. A total of seven 16-board matches were played, making it a full weekend of bridge! Tom Winiata and Tom Henwood were chosen to represent the province in the Open section along …

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Directing seminar in Rotorua

Allan Joseph – the game’s Mr Nice Guy and a National Director – will be presenting two courses for directors on the weekend of 25 and 26 February. Rotorua is hosting the Sunday session (the Saturday one is at Cambridge) – start time is 10am with morning tea from 9:30. Toothsome lunches will be provided and there is no charge …

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NZ Bridge Management/Governance meeting at Rotorua

A meeting will be held on Sunday 22 January at Rotorua Bridge Club with bridge envoys Allan Morris (Chair of NZ Bridge Foundation) and Stephen Henry on the question of NZ Bridge’s direction on the Management/Governance situation. This will hopefully offer more insight and help towards a solution to the governance problem which has been well publicised. The meeting starts …

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Director training this summer

Here’s a great opportunity tor Rotorua players interested in learning to direct: The Waikato Bays Regional Committee is arranging for one or two weekend seminars next year, aimed at new and prospective directors and the details of these will be out in due course. However, if you don’t want to wait, you might like to consider directing training in Taupo …

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