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Take the Challenge!

If at first you don’t succeed …

So, I have to admit the robots got the better of me. But then I am just a mere mortal. The challenge now to improve, not too difficult looking at my miserable 37%! Roll on next week's tournament, I'll let you know how it goes! So how about YOU?

Junior Championship League

Tops for Taupo!
Cambridge Bridge Club hosted the first session of the Junior League on Saturday. An excellent day was had by all 31 pairs, many of whom travelled considerable distance to compete. The long journey was well worth the effort for Sharon Barton and Sheila Taylor from Taupo who took first place.Sharon and SheilaSharon and Sheila
In second place were Lynne Boyack and Barbara Andrews from Cambridge. Barb Wilson and Lesley Roberts also from Cambridge took the prize for the top Novice partnership.There was a relaxed atmosphere and everyone enjoyed the day.Compliments were made on the quality of the food and the excellent raffle prizes. The event was well organised and with Nick Cantlon from Te Awamutu directing, his friendly style contributed to a successful tournament. The next venue for this series will be at Matamata on Saturday May 5th. Full results and the ladder can be found on the Cambridge website.

The TWITTS 2018

Hi all,
the Putaruru Night Owls had a good start to this years TWITTS competition, winning both of their 11 board matches and coming second overall in the Intermediate section.

The team on the Friday night was made up of Rosemary, Anne Berben, Brenda and myself.

I found it interesting that there were a lot of players there who were Juniors last year - the Intermediate team currently in third place was made up of 4 players who were all Juniors in 2017. It goes to show that good Juniors have nothing to fear from playing against Intermediates.

Wish us well for next month!


Junior Championship League 2018

Only two more weeks to the start of the Junior Championship League!
Open to all Waikato-Bays Junior players.
Prize pool is $240
The competition is based on collecting points in any of the six
You don’t have to win to be awarded points
Prizes go to the top six players with the most points at
the end of the year.
First round is at CAMBRIDGE, SATURDAY APRIL 7th


The second session of the WAPs takes place at Te Awamutu on Sunday 18th March. Morning coffee/tea from 9.30. Play starts at 10a.m. BYO lunch. Entry fee $10.00. This event is limited to 20 tables, so enter now to make sure of your place.

Waikato Bays Intermediate Championship League 2018

The second round of the Intermediate League was hosted by Taupo.The picturesque venue, overlooking the golf course at Taupo, attracted 56 players.Our congratulations go to Ev Gardiner and Sharon Opal from Taupo who came first overall with 56.84% closely followed by Malcolm Kirkby and his partner. Congratulations to Lauren Lehndorf and Barbara Cook, also from Taupo, who were the top junior pair.After two rounds of the competition, there are no clear winners, with players from Cambridge, Te Aroha, Tauranga and Rotorua in leading positions.


The second session of the INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP LEAGUE 2018 takes place this weekend.Taupo is hosting the second event of the year on Saturday March 10th. This event is open to all Waikato and Bay of Plenty 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 over the next nine months.There are 10 prizes ($490 in total) that go to the players with the most points at the end of the year. Play starts at 10am. Entrance fee is $25.00. Lunch is provided.


A reminder of the Novice tournament on Sunday, March 11th. A novice is anyone who has not reached "Certificate of proficiency" (which means less than 5 masterpoints) as at the beginning of this year, OR Anyone who started bridge in 2016 or later, regardless of how many masterpoints they have (unless they are already out of Junior grade). The winners get free entry to this year's Novice tournament at the National Congress. Play starts at 10a.m.come for morning tea at 9.30am. Two sessions. $10, bring your own lunch. Entries can be made on NZ Website or just contact Ross.

New Season

Hi Everyone
As we are starting the new season I thought I would comment on a few things:
• Since the new season has now started please remember to pay your club membership fees either direct to Brenda or on line.
• Once again I would like to encourage you all to think about Thursday bridge – it seems like there are always a few willing to play, and a few is all you need! If there are any difficulties in terms of access to the club, transport for players, finding partners etc. I am sure we can find solutions. Just let me know and we will sort something out.
• General Play and Etiquette

The Putaruru Bridge Club Dealing Machine!

The Putaruru Bridge CThe Putaruru Bridge Club Dealing Machine! Over the break period we have been successful in obtaining funding for a card dealing machine.The funding has been supplied by First Sovereign Trust Limited who we cannot thank enough. It would have been impossible for the Club to buy such a machine ourselves and we would have had to continue to rely on the goodwill of the Tokoroa Club who have been providing the service up until now. Our thanks and admiration go to Eileen who, together with FSTL made this happen, with assistance from Maria.