Top of The South News with Jenny Pomeroy
Plenty of inter-club rivalry over the last few weeks with both the Top of the South Intermediate and Junior competition and the Howorth Cup.
The Howorth Cup
The Howorth Cup is the premier interclub competition in the Top of the South. It has been running since 1956. Over recent years, the host club has coupled the event with a 5A tournament making a weekend of bridge. However, with 10 clubs now in our region, 9 of whom were up for the challenge this year, Westport held the competition over 2 days and by all accounts there was some fun on Saturday night! Nelson retain the title for the third year but it was close to the very end and swung on the last match.
Congratulations to the winning team of Steve Gray, Lindsey Guy, Susan and Tony Hinkley, Kevin Hill, Wayne McCoy, Sita Monaghan and Carol Minchin.
Motueka Intermediate Pairs
Motueka hosted their intermediate tournament on Saturday 16 May. 25 tables; a very impressive turnout, so prizes awarded in four grades.
Spades 1st 3rd
Jo Price & Linda Dow Chris Sutton & Jann Dyer
Second were Sue Gibbs and Ann Baker .
Hearts 1st 2nd 3rd
Julia Armstrong & Carol Gatenby Jocelyn Bogue & Teri Sonal Joan Heaphy & Kay Cotton
Diamonds 1st 2nd 3rd
Ruth Field & Barbara Wilson Duncan Edwards & Carrie Elliott Fran Wilkinson & Nancy Garlick
Clubs 1st 2nd 3rd
Timothy Packard & Steve Penny Diane Stuart & Dawn Bensemann Bruce Bogue & Bev Hurst
Many made a weekend of it and were playing in the Intermediate and Junior interclub. This competition has been running for several years now and is proving very popular. It was close in the top three placings with Golden Bay being the outright winners for the second year in a row and get to hold on to the trophy kindly donated by Picton’s Keith Harrap. Congratulations to the Intermediate team of Christine Mead, Jean Beatson, Jude Edmondson and Suzan van Wjingaarden and the Junior Team of Pam Wood, Paola Panzeri, Rhoda MacDonald and CJ Webster. And a huge thanks to the Motueka Club for hosting the full weekend.
Golden Bay winning Interclub teams
CJ, Paula, Pam, Rhoda, Christine, Jean, Jude and Suzan
TOPS Main Centre Pairs, Kaikoura
A week later and off to Kaikoura and a report from Pam Whitehead:
Kaikoura Bridge Club held their annual Ensor Builders Tournament the weekend of 22nd May. 130 people played in the event including NZ’s top player and overall winner Michael Ware from Auckland. The tournament was a huge success mainly due to the generosity of the local community, and the members of our club, a huge team effort.
Many Kaikoura pairs featured but the most pleasing result was that of Bev Hurst and Rosemary Hargreaves, up and coming Junior players, who were 2nd overall in the event, out playing all the Intermediate grade players in the event!
David Skipper, Pam Whitehead
and Michael Ware
Results 10A Open
1st Michael Ware & David Skipper
2nd Timothy Schumacher & Jeremy Fraser-Hoskin
3rd Gong Yunfei & Julia Zhu
1st Sam Gurney & Tony Quinlivan
2nd Pam Whitehead & Stuart Grant
1st Viv Hurst & Linda White
2nd Raylene Hunter & Colleen Adam
3rd Kerry Roberts & Gill Webby
1st Julia Armstrong/Judy Honeybone
2nd Pat Murphy/Lyn Anderson
3rd Rona Maslowski/Tom Rose
1st Leonie Tregenza/Mary Banks
2nd Rosemary Hargreaves/Bev Hurst
3rd Jane & Peter Tyler- Gordon
1st Izzy Green/Bruce Murphy
2nd Rosemary Smart/Robin Denley
3rd Maureen Morris/Diana Watson
Nelson 5A Open Pairs
And back to Nelson on 29 May for their 5A, generously sponsored by Marsden House. 22 Tables and an army of helpers from the club keeping the kitchen running and calmly directed by Craig Shanahan. The weather was atrocious so what better way to spend a day? Chris Henry and Toby Oberdries continue their winning streak, taking out the top slot and a great performance by Mary MacCallum and Carolyn Gatenby in the Diamonds section coming 4th overall. A very sociable day with lots of after play banter while waiting for the results.
Tops in Spades
1st 2nd 3rd
Tony Oberdries &Chris Henry Phil Rutherford & Ray Curnow Jana Bott & Toby Gordon
and in Hearts
Susan & Tony Hinkley Kevin Hill & Wayne McCoy
Second were Sheila Beggs and Jo Price.
1st Diamonds 2nd 3rd
Mary McCallum & Steve Aitken & David Laing Garry Brunton & Doug Sarkies
1st 2nd 3rd
Peter Grooby & Marina Gosnell Joan Heaphy & Kay Cotton Carrie Elliott & Rosemary Kenning
Marlborough Junior/Intermediate Pairs - 12th June
A break over the long weekend and the Juniors and Intermediates were battling it out again in Marlborough on 12 June. Another full house with 28 Intermediate pairs and 16 Juniors. Wonderful to see so much enthusiasm in these grades.
The intermediates were split into two grades with Kathy Dowling and John Clarke taking the top slot. Ann Cowan and Paula Kenyon were the winners of the Juniors.
1st Kathy Dowling and John Clarke
2nd Sue Gibbs and Ann Baker
3rd Gill Webby and Kerry Roberts
1st Malcolm MacKenzie and Alister Boyl (2nd overall)
2nd Simon Langford and Lori Godden (3rd overall)
3rd Monique Telfer and Kay Buchannan
1st Ann Cowan and Paula Kenyon
2nd Annie Simmons and Sylvan
3rd Nancy and Robin Taylor
NBS Richmond 5A Open Pairs
And the final tournament was the NBS Richmond 5A. Nelson Building Society are incredibly generous with their support throughout Top of the South, sponsoring several club tournaments. Thank you! Richmond awards NBS donated trophies to the top performing local junior and open players. This year Grant Crystal and Sally Ussher won the Junior and Susan Hinkley and Carol Minchin the Open. Congratulations to the four of you. And the junior junior team of Zoe, Paige and Hollie kept everyone fed and watered throughout the day – thanks girls – a big day with another full house. And finally congratulations to the overall winners, sisters, Ruth & Mary Allison.
The South Island Pairs was held in Blenheim in early July. A great event by all accounts and has been reported elsewhere. Visitors took the spoils with Tony Hinkley and Adrian Abraham being the top TOPS pair.
And finally congratulations to Jim Jessep, Marlborough’s most recent Silver Grand Master. And welcome to Richmond’s learners who are now playing club sessions.