Everyone remembers the year that is almost gone. So, why not New Zealand Bridge? Let's share a few memories of this past year. Here's a great place to start:
Fourth at The Bowl
Great days in Lyon as our Open Team did us proud with a 4th placing in the Bermuda Bowl.
Youth Test Success Hoping for a Repeat
The team which won the Cornell-Stern trophy The New Zealand Youth Squad which played off
in January in the YouthTest against Australia. Pictured for places to play in the January 2018 test in
with David Stern are Jeremy Fraser-Hoskin, Canberra.
Jacob Kalma, Nik Mitchell, Matt Brown, Brad Johnston
Feitong Chen and Matthew Hughes.
VOLUNTEERS OF THE MONTH
Every club needs Volunteers and New Zealand Bridge continues to acknowledge some of these most valuable people. Here is a sample of those highlighted in 2017, Cynthia Clayton (Hamilton) with the cards she makes, donating the profits to our game, Heather and Chris Jared who have and continue to contribute to Bridge in the Wellington Region and Nelson's David Laing (left, receiving his certificate from Adrian Abraham), a most valuable servant to that club.
New Zealand Pairs Winners, Julie Clair Miao and Wayne Burrows, North Island Pairs winners, Steve Baron
Atkinson and Patrick Carter winners of South Island Pairs and Matthew Brown
and several other tournaments
NEW FACES ON THE BOARD
2017 has seen some new faces, some new initiatives for the Board of New Zealand Briidge. In thanking Arie Geursen, Allan Joseph, Carol Richardson, Phil Rutherford and Noel Woodhall for their contributions, we welcomed the following to the "table":
Alan Dormer Clare Coles Jane Stearns Greg Whitten Allan Morris
They may be new to the Board but have been enthusiatic contributors to our game before "stepping up".
One new initiative has involved the following. What have they in common?
Denise Ohlen Ray Curnow Jan France Eunice Eccles Susannah Pinkney
Central Districts Top of The South Auckland-Northland Waikato Bays Otago-Southland
The answer is they are the first five appointed Regional Bridgemates, whose part-time positions involve helping clubs in their respective regions. They brief is large: their enthusiasm immense. They will be joined by Regional Bridge Mates in Wellington and Canterbury in 2018.
DIIDN'T THEY DO WELL
Peter and Jenny Story... 78.56% in this NZ Intermediate Teams winners at the National
year's New Zealand Wide Pairs. Congress winning by over 13 vps: Anna Powell,
Sharon Marryatt, Carol Joseph and Raewyn Kitching
surrounding Board Member Allan Morris
Wellington's winning team at this year's Inter-Provincial Championships
.....and let's not forget: BRIDGE IS FUN
"Loud Shirt Day" at Golden Bay The "necessities" of Bridge One of "the" events of our Bridge Calendar
A room full of happy Bridge players at Tauranga
Here's to much more enjoyment, success at the Bridge table and many many more players learning and playing Bridge in 2018.
Happy New Year to you all.
ps. Our fiirst picture showed learners this year at Te Awamutu. Let's hope they and many others round the country will have enjoyed their introduction to our game in 2017.