Canterbury News with Max Robb
Jane Lennon has plenty to smile about. She has achieved something quite remarkable this month…….. read on to find out more.
Covid-19 smashed a huge hole in our tournament program, and of course all tournaments for March, April, May and June were cancelled. Some of the smaller clubs are still rather nervous about opening their doors to visits from the bigger cities. So, it may be that some of the events on the New Zealand Bridge calendar may not eventuate in the coming months.
This would be a shame because, as New Zealanders are not able to travel overseas this year, there are now more players participating in tournaments at all levels.
Rangiora All Grades 8B 28th June
You had to be quick to enter this tournament as the roster quickly filled up and reached the room limit of 26 tables.
In the morning the session winners, were
Blue:- Max Morrison/Jane Lennon and Kathryn Tennant/Hayden Seal
Green:- Mary Buckland/David Sewell and Normand Ann MacLaurin
In the afternoon the pairs that took out the sessions were
Blue:- Max Morrison/Jane Lennon and Neil Hawkins and Richard Lapthorne
Green:- Phillipa Gibson/Jane Walders and Alison Price/Derek Wilson
For the last four this is rather impressive results for players rather new to the tournament scene.
Overall Results Total
1st Max Morrison/ Jane Lennon 127
2nd Neil Hawkins/Richard Lapthorne 123
3rd Normand MacLaurin/ Ann MacLaurin 120
4th Catherine Fitchett/Julia Thomas 115
5th Andrew Hudson/Shawn Adriel-Ai 113
6th Beverley Parlane/Megan Bruynel 110
The full results for the graded events are not available on the web, but by searching Masterpoints I was able to glean that Beverley Parlane and Megan Bruynel topped the pool for the Intermediate Section.
Playing in their very first tournament I believe, Andrew Hudson and Shawn Adriel-Ai can be well pleased to feature in the list of place-getters above and win the Junior Section by quite a margin.
Canterbury Regional Swiss Pairs 10A Rangiora 12th July
The Swiss format is always an attraction in itself, and 42 pairs entered for the eight round Regional tournament, held at Rangiora.
Final Results %
1st Jane Lennon/David Taylor 123
2nd Jenny Wilkinson/Shirley Newton 110
3rd Richard Lapthorne/Neil Hawkins 105
4th Max Morrison/Tony Fitzgerald 103
5th Pam Tibble/Brian Goulter 98
6th Sarah Garland/Neil Phillips 96
7th Judith Driver/Jan Roose 94
8th Normand MacLaurin/Ann MacLaurin 94
winners of every match: 2nd placed Shirley Newton Best Intermediate Pair:
Jane Lennon and David Taylor and Jenny Wilkinson Gillian O'Hara and Jane Whitcombe
Another six pairs of very experienced players filled 9th to 14th and then:
Catherine Fitchett and Peter Fitchett, seeded 27th, filled the 15th spot with a total of 87, having won four matches and finishing with a draw against two grand masters!
But the day belonged to the leading pair – Jane Lennon and a new partner, David Taylor. They had a very good understanding to win every match.
Going into the last round with a lead of 8 victory points over the field, they scored the highest win of the last round to go further away from the field. It was Jane’s second win in as many weeks at Rangiora.
Crockfords Open 8B Sunday 19th July
If you told a bridge friend that your partnership had averaged 64.00 for a tournament, he could reasonably think that you might have won it. But at the Crockfords Club this month such an average was not enough to clinch first spot for the day. It was rather unusual that both sections were run as Howell movements. The winner of the four Howells for the day all scored over 60 -
12 Table Howell: Jo Hampton/Caroline Caseley 65% to lead the room by 2%.
7 Table Howell: Sharon Jackson/Eamon Jackson with 61%
12 table Howell: Pam Tibble/Margaret Burgess 65%, saw off Sue Southen/Richard Lapthorne by less than 1%. Jo Hampton/Caroline Caseley, still with a very respectable score, featured again, only one percentage point adrift.
Meantime, Jane Lennon/Max Morrison were blitzing the field in the smaller Howell to score the highest score of the day, 65.3%
1st Jane Lennon/Max Morrison 62.97, 65.30 64.13
2nd Jo Hampton/Caroline Caseley 65.12, 62.96 64.04
3rd Pam Tibble/Margaret Burgess 61.85
4th Sharon Jackson/Eamon Jackson 59.48
5th Sue Southen/Richard Lapthorne 59.43
6th Sarah Garland/David Taylor 58.79
There was no prize-giving at the Crockfords club, no photos, and I was unable to ascertain the best Junior Pair
When the results were announced at the Christchurch Bridge Club, special mention was made of Jo Hampton and Caroline Caseley’s performance. They were the best Intermediate pair of the day, but very nearly had eclipsed the field, and ran in second overall amongst some experienced tournament players.
I now note that Jane Lennon had just scored her third win in a row in Canterbury tournaments, a remarkable success rate.
Christchurch Mid-Winter Teams 5A 25th July
24 teams braved the elements to compete in the winter – an impressive number for a local Canterbury tournament. The usual stalwarts were there, a good number of other Christchurch players making the effort to form teams. Visiting teams from Timaru and Ashburton bolstered the strength of the competition, and Adrian Abraham(Nelson) and Jan Cormack(Auckland) added punch for their teams.
It was strange that two of the strongest teams did battle in the first round, and Pavla Fenwick’s team had a good win over the eventual winners. The Fenwick actually won all their matches to be the only undefeated team for the day – four of their wins were against opponents in the top 6.
In the second last round the Lennon team had a modest win against Jenny Wilkinson’s team, but more significantly the Fenwick team had a sound win over Graeme Tufnell’s team to knock them out of the running.
Going into the last round, Pavla’s team had a 6 point edge, and scored a narrow win over the Wilkinson team to remain unbeaten. However, the Lennon team showed their composure to score a solid win, and took out the title.
Tops on the day
John Skipper, Jane Lennon, Richard Lapthorne and Neil Hawkins
Final Ladder Team Members V P s
1st Jane Lennon/John Skipper/Richard Lapthorne/Neil Hawkins 75
2nd Pavla Fenwick/David Skipper/Tony Fitzgerald/Tim Schumacher 72
3rd Jenny Wilkinson/Shirley Newton/Jan Alabaster/Jan Cormack 64
4th Mehboob Chiba/John Kruiniger/Paula Gregory/Michael Johnstone 61
5th David McRae/Babs-Merel de Visser/Dave Tocker/Sue McIlroy 60
6th GraemeTufnell/Bruce Anderson/Kris Wooles/John Wignall 60
7th Neville Newburn/Bill Mecchia/Jim Burford/Dorothy Bain 59
8th Adrian Abraham/Neal Phillips/Sarah Garland/David Taylor 58
9th Brian Glyn/Pamela Glyn/Max Robb/Chris Bras 57
10th Jenny Carr/Marty Holman/Kathryn Tennant/Bruce K Anderson 55
Under 600 winners Top Intermediate Team Top Junior Team
D Tocker, David McRae, S McIlroy Denise Urguhart, Toni Jones, Janine Tyler, Tessa Holland,
Babs de Visser Tracey Bunce, Janene Mussen Shawn Ariel-Ai, Caroline Calderwood
A Remarkable Success
Now I don’t know if you have realised that, in being a member of the winning team, Jane Lennon has won the last four tournaments she has played in, and she is to be congratulated on this singular success. Furthermore, she did this with three different partners.
I would hazard a guess that this is the first time this has been achieved in Canterbury, but if anyone knows whether any other Cantabrian has done this in the past, then the writer would be pleased to know.