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Looking Back at the Babich Wines New Zealand Wide Pairs

Ruth and Trish Top the Field.

The Rotorua pair, Ruth Lewis and Trish Stephens had a wonderful evening on the 1st November when they topped the field in this year’s Babich Wines New Zealand Wide Pairs with a huge 75.67%, over 6% clear of second placed Sulochna and Bill Humphrey. Of the 24 boards, they had only 2 scores below 50% with all bar 3 being 60% or higher, a lot higher in many cases. Here then are the top 10 nationwide:

Place

Pair

Club

National %

Local %

1.

Ruth Lewis & Trish Stephens

Rotorua

75.67

69.35

2.

Sulochna & Bill Humphrey

Kerikeri

69.42

67.56

3.

Brad Johnston & Glenn Coutts

Taieri

69.22

67.80

4.

Linda Gibbs & Sheridan Evans

S Wairarapa

68.76

67.82

5.

Val Gardiner & Nancy Bartrum

Whanganui

68.54

61.81

6.

Susie Pattison & Owen Knowles

Upper Hutt

68.31

63.08

7.

Rona & John Driscoll

Taupo

68.23

68.98

8.

Sheila Beggs & Pam Dravitzki

Motueka

67.66

65.77

9.

Jane Morris & Hayden Seal

Christchurch

67.59

69.06

10.

Michael Hardman & Hans Van Bunnik

Hokowhitu

67.14

65.28

 

Of the top 10, five sat North-South including the top 2 and 5 East-West. 5 clubs ran Howells with the top score in a Howell coming from Colleen Freitas and Stuart Oliver with 64.42% at Greymouth.

Overall, the total of 57 competing clubs was two up on 2018 though 4 short of the record 61 last achieved in 2013.However, the overall total of 1012 competing pairs was the second highest in the event’s 21 year history. There were 1018 in 2017.

With $10 to come to New Zealand Bridge Foundation per player, we expect to see $17,000 plus (that is, after expenses) made available to support Youth Bridge in New Zealand.

Thanks to all clubs no matter how few or many tables your club had. The largest heats were in the Wellington Region with 21 tables at the Wellington Club and 16.5 at Upper Hutt. Nelson had 14 tables, Rangiora 13 and the following either 12 or 12.5: Matamata, Mt Albert, Taieri, Taradale and Warkworth.

Many thanks

Many people made the event happen, from the X Club team of scorers, Bob Fearn, Jan Spaans, Michael Neels and Anna Kalma who completed their task by midday Saturday, to the 57 competing clubs and all those at clubs who assisted with dealing boards, scored, directed, prepared refreshments, organized movements etc… thanks to you all…and not forgetting New Zealand Bridge Foundation and New Zealand Bridge for allowing the event to happen and to Andy Braithwaite, my booklet analysis checker.

Then there is also the sponsors, Babich Wines of Henderson. The list of those who will be receiving wine is below.

2019 Prize (Wine) Winners.

1st Trish Stephens and Ruth Lewis                     Rotorua

2nd Sulochna and Bill Humphrey                        KeriKeri

3rd  Brad Johnston and Glenn Coutts                Taieri

4th Linda Gibbs and Sheridan Evans                 South Wairarapa

5th Val Gardiner and Nancy Bartrum                 Whanganui

Top Two Pairs Below Open

1st Susan and Alan McRae                                    Winton                  64.27%

2nd Heather and Gerald Norman                            Mt Albert              63.78%

Top Two Pairs Below Intermediate

1st Sue Glue and Michelle Gunn                           Greymouth            62.44%

2nd Phillipa Martin and Emily Williams                  Otaki                      62.05%

Nearest to 50%

   Charmaine Bartley and Pamela Frank            Taupo                       50.02%

We hope to have pictures of the prize-winners with perhaps a story or two from the event later in the month.

A Point winners per region are shown below. Heat winners each direction will also receive one A Point.

If you have any stories of the evening, perhaps of something your partner or the opponents did rather well, then please

share it with me so that I can record it when we present the winners later this month. Email me on Richard.Solomon@nzbridge.co.nz or call me on 09 2328494.

Richard Solomon

AUCKLAND NORTHLAND

 

 

Rank

Name

Region

A Points

Club

Percent

Field Place

 
 

1

Bill Humphrey & Sulochna Humphrey

Auckland Northland

3

Kerikeri

69.42

2

 

2

Johanna Perfect & Hamish Brown

Auckland Northland

2

Mt Albert

67.00

12

 

3

Grant Jarvis & Lynne Geursen

Auckland Northland

1

Franklin

66.27

13

 

Waikato Bays

Rank

Name

Region

A Points

Club

Percent

Field Place

 
 

1

Trish Stephens & Ruth Lewis

Waikato Bays

3

Rotorua

75.67

1

 

2

Rona Driscoll & John Driscoll

Waikato Bays

2

Taupo

68.23

7

 

3

Cathy Nolen & Ella Gray

Waikato Bays

1

Hamilton

65.46

14

 

Central Districts

Rank

Name

Region

A Points

Club

Percent

Field Place

 
 

1

Val Gardiner & Nancy Bartrum

Central Districts

3

Wanganui

68.54

5

 

2

Michael Hardman & Hans Van Bunnik

Central Districts

2

Hokowhitu

67.14

10

 

3

Charles Nairn & Janette D Nairn

Central Districts

1

Waipukurau

65.39

16

 

 

Wellington

Rank

Name

Region

A Points

Club

Percent

Field Place

 
 

1

Linda Gibbs & Sheridan Evans

Wellington

3

South Wairarapa

68.76

4

 

2

Susie Pattison & Owen Knowles

Wellington

2

Upper Hutt

68.31

6

 

3

Nigel Kearney & Anne-Marie Russell

Wellington

1

Wellington

65.39

15

 

TOP OF The South

Rank

Name

Region

A Points

Club

Percent

Field Place

 
 

1

Sheila Beggs & Pamela Dravitzki

TOPS

3

Motueka

67.66

8

 

2

Barbara Fechney & Maurice Carter

TOPS

2

Picton

67.08

11

 

3

Marilynn Hill & Gaylene Masters

TOPS

1

Kaikoura

65.24

17

 

Canterbury

Rank

Name

Region

A Points

Club

Percent

Field Place

 
 

1

Jane Morris & Hayden Seal

Canterbury

3

Christchurch

67.59

9

 

2

Paula Gregory & Michael Johnstone

Canterbury

2

Timaru

63.35

33

 

3

Cath Preen & Anne-Marie Pavletich

Canterbury

1

Timaru

61.32

69

 

Otago Southland

Rank

Name

Region

A Points

Club

Percent

Field Place

 
 

1

Brad Johnston & Glenn Coutts

Otago Southland

3

Taieri

69.22

3

 

2

Alan McRae & Susan McRae

Otago Southland

2

Winton

64.27

26

 

3

Margaret Perley & Paul Freeland

Otago Southland

1

Taieri

63.85

28

 

 

 

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