On August 5th our 2019 learners had their first full evening of bridge in the Novice Plus session. Here we are with our graduation certificates for successfully completing the course and being brave enough to give it a go!
Quinella at the Wanganui 5A Swiss Pairs
Palmerston North club members had a particularly sucessful day at the the Wanganui Swiss Pairs held on the 14th of July, taking out both first and second places.
Winning the tournament were Morgan Booker and Jan Whyte
and in second place were Tony Clear and Laura Griffin
Interclub Win for Palmerston North
In June 2019, the Wanganui, Hawera and Palmerston North clubs returned for their annual tri-match tournament which was not held last year. A very successful day was held in Whanganui, with Palmerston North winning the Wilkin Cup which is for head to head competition between Wanganui and Palmerston North. Palmerston North then won the "Claret Jug" for overall honours on the day. For more information, see the June newsletter.
A happy bunch of new bridge players started lessons at the start of May and all have returned each week. We are well through the course now, with only a couple of weeks left. We look forward to welcoming them into our regular Monday night Novice evening where they will be a welcome boost to our numbers.
Intermediate and Junior Tournament Results 2019
On Saturday 18th May, we held a successful Intermediate and Junior tournament. Club members yet again featured prominantly in the results.
Junior winners (below) were Tad Krogulec (who normally resides in Westport but calls Palmerston North his home club) and his teammate Paula McCool, who is a member at Pahiatua. They were also the defending winners from 2018.
In 2nd place were Angela and Paul Harper (photo below), of Palmerston North, while in 3rd place were Harry Mills and Linda Lawrence from the Dannevirke club.
The Intermediate tournament was won by our very own Club President Denise Servante and her partner Martin Carryer.
In 2nd place was Jim Heald and Mark Kuijten from Levin.
In 3rd place were Cindy Lowndes and Laura Griffin also of Palmerston North.
Club Members achieve at recent Intermediate Tournaments
CD Intermediate Interprovincial Trials
On the weekend of 11th and 12th May, in Whanganui, the trials for the Inter-Provincial team was held. The Intermediate team from Palmerston North managed to survive both days with an unbeaten record, and have won the right to represent Central Districts in Christchurch, over three days, in November. They will compete against Intermediate team winners from the other six provinces around New Zealand.
CD Intermediate Winners
Garry Hodge, Laura Griffin, Cindy Lowndes & Debbie Marcroft
Feilding Intermediate - May 4
Third place in the Feilding Intermediate Tournament was Hans van Bunnik and Anne Gordon with a combined score of 57.72% over 2 sessions of play. They were followed by Cindy Lowndes and Laura Griffin in 4th place and Debbie Marcroft and Garry Hodge came fifth.
Hans van Bunnik and Anne Gordon
Hokowhitu Intermediate - April 28
The Hokowhitu Tournament was held on the last Sunday of April. After two sessions of play the winners were Debbie Marcroft and Garry Hodge with a score of 59.12%. They were followed by Hans van Bunnik and Anne Gordon in 2nd, John Hogan and Stuart Malcolm placed 3rd, while Allan Mudford and Tony Fayerman were 4th.
Garry Hodge & Debbie Marcroft
Hans van Bunnik & Anne Gordon
John Hogan & Stuart Malcolm
National Recognition for Club Volunteer
Club stalwart Liz Burrows has been named as NZ Bridge's "Volunteer of the Month" for April. Congratulations Liz!