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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. 

1st       Nelson

2nd       Marlborough

3rd       Richmond    

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

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Jo Price & Linda Dow               Chris Sutton & Jann Dyer

Second were Sue Gibbs and Ann Baker .                     

Hearts          1st                                  2nd                                         3rd

Carolyn Gatenby 21.jpeg                   Teri Sonal 2021.jpeg              Joan Heaphy 2021.jpeg       
Julia Armstrong & Carol Gatenby Jocelyn Bogue & Teri Sonal    Joan Heaphy & Kay Cotton


Diamonds  1st                                2nd                                          3rd

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Ruth Field & Barbara Wilson   Duncan Edwards & Carrie Elliott  Fran Wilkinson & Nancy Garlick


Clubs   1st                                           2nd                                                   3rd

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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

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 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!

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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 

Restricted Open

1st Sam Gurney & Tony Quinlivan
2nd Pam Whitehead & Stuart Grant


Spades division

1st Viv Hurst & Linda White
2nd Raylene Hunter & Colleen Adam
3rd Kerry Roberts & Gill Webby

Hearts Division

1st Julia Armstrong/Judy Honeybone
2nd Pat Murphy/Lyn Anderson
3rd Rona Maslowski/Tom Rose

Diamond Division

1st Leonie Tregenza/Mary Banks
2nd Rosemary Hargreaves/Bev Hurst
3rd Jane & Peter Tyler- Gordon

Clubs Division

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 21.jpg           Phil Rutherford Ray Curnow 21.jpg              Jana Bott Toby Gordon 21.jpg
Tony Oberdries &Chris Henry  Phil Rutherford & Ray Curnow    Jana Bott & Toby Gordon

                                                                and in Hearts

                                        1st                                                 3rd

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                Susan & Tony Hinkley          Kevin Hill & Wayne McCoy

Second were Sheila Beggs and Jo Price.

    1st                                                   Diamonds      2nd                                              3rd

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Mary McCallum &              Steve Aitken & David Laing      Garry Brunton & Doug Sarkies
Carolyn Gatenby
(4th overall)


         1st                                                  2nd                                          3rd

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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.


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