Certificate of proficiency

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When we start playing bridge were are all classed as novice. It is a great honour to be upgraded due to grading points achieved. This honour goes to three of our members, and they are:
• Murray Boulter
• Nelun Mendis
• Jane Waite


Reeve & Gillian's Success Wearing the Plaid

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Reeve Pring & Gillian Gonthier had a successful foray north of the Brynderwyns in early July winning the Waipu Tartan Tournament at the Bream Bay Bridge CLub.

The tournament is run as part of the Waipu Tartan Month celebrations. visitors were given a warm welcome and morning tea was served. In grand style David Moon piped in the beginning of the tournmet. Money raised will go to the Waipu Surf Club & Coronation Hall fund.

How many members recognise the tartans the winners are wearing?

Congratulations to members for rank changes

The following players recently been re-ranked under the NZCB master Points system.

Well Done!

Neil Murdoch - Master 3*
Esta Byers – Local Master 9*
Margot Bourke - Local Master 3*
Eileen Gunderson - Local Master 2*
Graeme Smart - Local Master 1*
Nalini Gopinathan - Local Master 1*
Nicholas Conaglen - Local Master 1*
Johan Strydom - Local Master
Andrew Freyne - Local Master
Sandie Howard – Club Master
Carolyn O’Sullivan – Club Master

Hawera Wins Rose Bowl.

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The annual Rose Bowl competition with the Hawera club was held last Saturday with Hawera emerging victorious. The Hawera pairs averaged 51% compared to the New Plymouth average of 49%.

Well done session winners – Morning N/S Jude Hansen and Neil Murdock (also highest overall score with 63.9%), E/W Linda Gerrand and Doreen Sullivan (Hawera). Afternoon N/S Sarah Green and Nicolas Conaglen (NP), E/W Kevin Turner and Campbell Priest (NP).

New members

We are pleased to announce 3 new club members. They are:
• Cees Dekker
• Steven Dickson
• Dell Blair

If you see a new face, please introduce yourself and make them feel welcome. Remember, we only have to learn 3 new names, they have to learn more than 200 names!

X Clubs and Pianola

A couple of exciting new developments are happening in this area.

  • Vil Gravis, long-time respected Grandmaster (since before 1992) has started contributing commentary on the X-Clubs Home Page
  • Pianola reporting is coming to X-Clubs

New Plymouth success and temporary take over of Taupo Club

Last weekend 14 of our lady members competed in the Taupo Open Pairs.

They made up 30% of the field - The Taupo Club must be appreciative of what is becoming a New Plymouth ladies weekend away for competitive bridge.

congratulations go to :
Kay Shearer and Margaret Sullivan who won the afternoon session with 67.65% - their first A point we believe!

And to
Judy Holdom and Jenny Cleaver who came 5th overall.

2016 Lessons are under way

Karsten Shotbolt and Diane Doehring enjoy the play of mini bridge after receiving their first lessonKarsten Shotbolt and Diane Doehring enjoy the play of mini bridge after receiving their first lesson

Last Wednesday Christine Burton and Helen Carrier commenced the series of bridge lessons for this year. Murray welcomed the the newcomers before the introductory session got underway. The evening was rounded of with 5 tables playing Minibridge which is the focus for the first two sessions.

It is not TOO LATE to register interest and join the lessons!!


The following players have achieved the indicated rank changes on 1 April 2016:

• Murray Carter - Local master 1*
• Shirley Chapman - Local master 14*
• Joy Clouston - Club master
• Lynda Couper - Local master 1*
• Eleanor Garvie - Club master
• Lois Harrop - Local master 2*
• Kevin Turner - Local Master 5*