Again, this was a very successful tournament on Saturday 16 March with 28 teams entered, many of those teams consisting of top New Zealand bridge players. Against such an outstanding field we had 4 and a half teams form Rotorua Bridge Club entered which was great to see and all acquitted themselves competently against such prestigious competition.
In particular congratulations must go to Rotorua Club’s ‘Stephens’ team – Trish Stephens, John Hughes, Joyce Reid and Rex Tulloch – who took out the prize for First on Handicap and who came 9th overall. A great effort.
And, of course, our congratulations to the winner, the Jones Team, and the ‘place-getters’ who were:
1st: Jones Team – Patrick Carter, Julie Atkinson, Jenny Millington, Barry Jones
2nd: Grant Team – George Masters, Blair Fisher, Anthony Ker, Alan Grant
3rd: Miao Team: – Andy Boughey, Carol Richardson, Wayne Burrows, Claire Miao
4th: Glass Team – Rachell Pelkman, Murray Wood, Gary Foidl, Brett Glass
1st on Handicap – Stephens Team – John Hughes, Joyce Reid, Rex Tulloch, Trish Stephens.
Our thanks go to Allan Joseph, our director and Jan Spaanz, our scorer both of whose brilliant organisation and expertise were essential to the smooth running of the day. This year we had the assistance of a caddy, Greta Casey from Hamilton and also a trainee tournament director, William Harlow, who assisted our Director.
But there are all those others who make the ‘total package’ of a successful day: Mark Bendall – the Tournament Manager; Wendy Fraser and her team in the kitchen producing wonderful food – Colleen Allen, Maureen Carter and Christine Kampraath and all of those club members who contributed to the morning and afternoon tea.
The results are all on the website for those interested. We hope next year’s tournament will have as many entries and be just as successful.