Central Districts' News with George MacLachlan
|This is Libby who came to lessons in New Plymouth last year when she was 12 with her mum and grandfather. She has played most C grade nights since graduation. Her mum is the C grade convenor and Libby helps out by doing the announcements before play.
This year the club had 25 at lessons. Four have family already playing at the club. One comment last night was “I’m persevering with this for my sister’s sake!”
"Return to Bridge" at New Plymouth
Recently a new initiative got underway at the Wednesday daytime handicapped session. “Return to Bridge”. This attracted 4 new players three of whom are new to the club. A short lesson/discussion was held before an assisted play session. The returnees are partnered by experienced players who assist where needed. This is a weekly event for 6 weeks, after which it will be assessed and reviewed. Yesterday 6 regular members sat in on the lesson (a review of the 1NT bid and responses) and found it so useful they will attend each week in future. Great work, New Plymouth!
The Wanganui Bridge Club was formed in 1940. It took 71 years before a Grand Master was annointed and that honour went to the lady who has now become the club's Patron, Ann Buckley. Ann is very well known in the Central Districts region, having played in almost all of the 18 clubs. She has been a fine mentor to many players in the Wanganui area and it is a fitting reward for her many years of devotion to the game.
Ann Buckley Libby and Graham Wood, Junior winners at Wanganui's
Four wins in succession
To actually win a tournament now and then is a pleasant experience. To win four in succession is an amazing achievement. Anshu Prasad began her astonishing run with wins at Marton, Waipukurau, Kapi-Mana and Levin .. the first of these with George MacLachlan and the following three with Steve Baron. The Waipukurau Open win was an especially good effort because Anshu is still graded as Intermediate. The consistent form of Anshu and Steve has continued during the Wanganui Championship Pairs in which they hold a handy lead with just two nights to go.
JOINT WINNERS at the MARTON PICNIC PAIRS
Zheng Zhang and Michael Hardman George McLachlan and quadruple winner,
The Taihape club held their Intermediate/Junior tournament recently and the winners were the local pair of Janene Oates and Frances Loader who just headed the Levin pair of Cath Cooper and Roger Calderwood. In 2017 the placings were reversed .. so very consistent bridge from both pairs. Although there were only 9 tables, the region was nicely balanced with pairs from Wanganui, Levin, Hokowhitu, Feilding and Palmerston North joining the 8 Taihape pairs.
Hawke's Bay Congress
There were large numbers as always attending this popular Congress held during Queen's Birthday Weekend. While all would have had a great time, these were the successful pairs and teams:
Welcome Pairs Open Match-Point Swiss Pairs
N/S 1. Gary Foidl - Brett Glass 1. Gary Duncan - Heather Jared
1. Tony Hacking - John Pitts 2. Rachelle Pelkman - Murray Wood
Intermediate Pairs Junior Pairs
1. Michael Caris - Robin Armstrong 1. Marie Riichards - Linstead Castle - Allen
2. Phillippa Gardiner - Trevor Gane 2. Peter Hubscher - Carol Murphy
1. Gwen Cowie - Glenys Dean
2. Sue and Ian Southen
1. Bridget Willcox, Julian Herbert, Chris Hagen, Megan Eddy
2. Jude Lucas, Jim and Margot Brough, Karen Eriksen
1. Brett Glass, Gary Foidl, Rachelle Pelkman, Murray Wood
2. Ray Gruschow, Graeme Niorman, Lynda Rigler, Peter Delahunty
Open Teams Plate
1. Pat D'Arcy, Dean Sole, Pete Benham, Brian Cleaver
Inter-Provincial Trial Winners
Congratulations to those who were successful in the region’s Inter-Provincial Trials and who will represent the region in Auckland in November:
Matthew and Mairi Bristow and Sandra Calvert and Colin Carryer
The Senior Team representatives will be Robyn and Don Nightingale and Ken Bateman – Noel Woodhall.
Hoping to see you, Val
The Wanganui Open Pairs is to be held on Sunday, July 15th. Last year's winners were Val Gardiner and Michael Whibley. Val hasn't been in the best of health lately but hopes to take part again this year. We would love to see you again Val. Try hard..!