Waiheke 2019 Tournament





The Waiheke Tournament

Palm Beach Hall, 64 Palm Beach Rd, Palm Beach

Saturday 2nd November 2019 ~ 10.15am – 5pm

8B Restricted Tournament. – Entry open to All Players 

(Pairs may be in any grade combination except Open-Open pairings)

 Entry Fee: $30.00

Includes morning and afternoon tea, tea & coffee (included in entry price)

 Lunch, either pre-ordered lunch (hearty toasties from our Palm Beach store)

with coffee or BYO lunch  and

Babich NZ Wide Pairs

Catherine Mitchell Centre, 32 Pukiti Rd, Ostend

Friday 1st November 2019 ~ 7.15pm – 10pm

Entry Fee: $15.00 includes tea/coffee/biscuits with entry price

 To register for either event contact

Please include names, NZB numbers & grades and if you require the Sat preordered lunch

stating with or without coffee.

Sat – Catch 9am ferry, then Fullers bus No. 2 to Palm Beach Hall

Fri – 6pm ferry (latest), then Fullers bus No. 1A to the RSA end of Putiki Rd

If arriving by Sealink please advise if a pick-up is required when registering.

 Come for the weekend Entries close 5pm Sunday 20 October 2019

Congratulations to our Congress competitors

A fantastic result from our members at the 2019 NZ Bridge Congress. Chris Curreen and Tom Mulvey came 3rd in Intermediate Swiss pairs; Felicity Hannay and Barry Chisholm came 6th in NZ Intermediate pairs and our intermediate team came 7th in the teams. Bob Grover competed well in the NZ Open Pairs against the country’s top players.

May Newsletter

 One day tournament

We fielded open, intermediate and junior teams for a one day Auckland interclub championship on 25 September. All our teams fared well with Waiheke coming a creditable sixth out of 10 teams. Well done to all who played and organised.

Beginners’ lessons

Jenny Alford is starting a beginners’ series of lessons on Tuesday 23 July.

Time 7-9 pm – at the Catherine Mitchell Centre. The class runs for 10 weeks, ie all following Tuesdays until end of September. If you know of anyone who would like to play let Jenny know. She may also need helpers to attend sessions – so again please let her know if you would be available.

Find a partner changes

Sue Humphreys has taken over Tuesdays. Email is best for Sue who has a broken arm.- or 027 4300 323


Kitchen & pantry rosters

Volunteers are needed to do this job – there is now a list on the wall so please add your name if you do not have other jobs at the club. We need two people to do it each month for both Tuesdays and Wednesdays. First check if the dishwasher needs emptying; fill the urn from the hot water tap; fill the trolley with cups and teaspoon; open the pantry cupboard using the small key in the pens’ box and put out everything required. At the end of the session fill the dishwasher, return stuff to pantry, lock and put key back and take urn back to kitchen.

NB If you are phantom at the end of a session the phantom pair should do all of this.

Also tea towels and table cloths need washing from time to time – please consider taking a turn to help with this.

New stools

We have 6 new flat pack stools arriving – if anyone can help John Patterson to build these please let him know.

 Acoustic material

The Waiheke Local Board has kindly given the Hall a grant of $2700 to pay for acoustic material to be stuck to the ceiling of the room we use for bridge to improve acoustics. John Patterson, Owen and David have offered to help put this up – if anyone else can assist please let them know. Also we will try to get the material delivered to the hall on a Tuesday so everyone can help to carry it from the courier into the hall following a bridge session. Will let you know on the day.


The new handicaps as advised in April will go up on the board and are based on NZ Bridge master points. Our handicaps will not change until NZ Bridge publishes new master points next year. We will then assess how our new system is working.


Tuesday Surfdale Pairs Winners

1st Chris Curreen & Owen Foster average 55.47% total 221.77

2nd Bob Grover & Felicity Hannay 54.17 and total 216.69

3rd Cathy Carroll & Jill Patterson  53.80 sand total 215.19

Wednesday Davenport Pairs

1st       58.86  Barry Chisholm & Felicity Hannay   Total    235.43

2nd      54.36  Claire Barker & Holger  Henze        2nd      217.45

3rd      52.40  Cathy Carroll & Jill Patterson           3rd      209.

Did you know?

43.6% of all slam contracts fail

62.7% of all bridge players are women.

97.8% of all bridge statistics, including these, are made up!


Enjoy your bridge quietly!

New president and committee elected

  Your Committee for 2019 is Jane Parlane (President), Jan McQuarrie-Humphreys (Treasurer), Sue Humphrey (Secretary), with Tom Mulvey, Jill Patterson, Claire Lawford, Catherine Camp, Chris Curreen and Marion Arlidge.


Latest in bridge fashion

Robyn and Jenny (right)

Marion Arlidge and Elspeth Spence turned heads at the Tuesday end of year Waiheke Bridge Club party in their bridge outfits.

President Jenny Alford presented prizes and received a bouquet from Robyn Clerk on behalf of the members for all the work she has done on behalf of members during the year.

Waiheke bridge pair selected for Auckland – Northland team

Warren Cardno and Steve Meeking have been selected to represent the Auckland – Northland region in the national inter-provincial bridge championships later this month.

“This is a huge honour and great news for our small but vibrant club.” says Waiheke Bridge Club president Jenny Alford. “We are extremely proud of the pair.”

Annual Tournament

Results from the Waiheke annual tournament held on 4 November:

1     (1792)  PEER BACH                (36035) LANELL MONREAL…1         66.51      62.34    64.42

2     (1514)  ANNA POWELL…1          (39344) DAVE GARRETT               68.91      54.81    61.86

3=    (34168) TRACEY HOFF…3          (34169) RAEWYN GRYLLS-THOMAS       58.01      62.66    60.34

3=    (29858) STEPHEN MEEKING…3      (31178) JOHN DEWSNIP               56.25      64.42    60.34

5     (4355)  GEOFFREY SEDON…3       (21761) ESTELLE ARTS               57.53      59.78    58.65

6     (4538)  PAUL GRIMMER…1         (30952) JEANETTE GRIMMER           54.65      58.81    56.73

7     (9903)  SUSAN BELIN…1          (34120) MARION ARLIDGE             52.24      52.24    52.24

8=    (38988) ANNETTE MARTIN…4       (40074) BARBARA IMLACH             53.21      50.32    51.76

8=    (43882) PREM SOUNDRA…3         (45154) HAFIZUR KHAN               48.88      54.65    51.76

10    (21294) LINLEY SCOTT             (31105) LOUISE SCOTT…3           50.00      50.80    50.40

11    (31068) CATHY CARROLL            (44616) CAROLINE GRIFFIN…4       53.37      46.96    50.16

12    (31195) MOIRA MCGUINNESS         (32497) JENNY ALFORD               49.52      50.32    49.92

13    (14252) MARGARET HONEYBONE       (21146) PRU ROBERTSON…2          48.72      50.00    49.36

14    (10275) BARRY BELIN              (31057) ANTHONY WILSON…1         52.08      45.99    49.04

15    (19732) WARREN CARDNO            (31186) JILL PATTERSON…3         53.37      44.39    48.88

16    (23154) ELAINE BENTLEY           (28151) HELENE LABRECHE…1        51.76      45.67    48.72

17    (31069) CHRISTIANE HEPBURN…4   (37962) CHRIS CURREEN              41.83      55.13    48.48

18    (31185) JOHN PATTERSON           (31187) OWEN FOSTER                47.76      46.63    47.20

19    (4571)  BEV DONALDSON            (31092) JAN MCQUARRIE…3          46.47      45.67    46.07

20=   (33804) CHRIS GLYDE…4          (41748) MARIA CASCI                44.55      46.79    45.67

20=   (31176) CATHERINE CAMP           (31184) TOM MULVEY                 42.15      49.20    45.67

22    (28399) JILL BIGNELL             (28400) JILL KILBY                 50.00      40.54    45.27

23    (1161)  DAVID SLOAN              (1162)  GLENDA MCLEOD              38.14      51.76    44.95

24    (31103) LIZ WELCH…4            (31135) PRISCILLA TOBIN            42.47      42.15    42.31

25    (31205) JOHN HUMPHREY            (31207) SUE HUMPHREY               29.01      40.87    34.94

26    (1163)  JANE GRIFFITH            (31188) ANNA REES                  42.63      27.08    34.86

Waiheke victorious

Waiheke returned from their annual battle against the Royale Epsom Bridge Club in Auckland on 4 August with a golden cup in hand. Twenty-six people played for Waiheke – the largest contingent to date – and included the four honorary members of the club – Nancy and Greg Davenport (now Thames residents) and Tracey Mancer and Joan Millen (now Whakamarama).

Waiheke’s star pair were Jill Patterson and Warren Cardno, followed by and Steve Meeking and John Dewsnip and with Moira McGuinness and Vernon Tupper winning the prize for nearest 50%.

“It’s always a fun occasion with dinner at Meadow Restaurant beforehand and the hospitality of Angela Royle and the members of the host bridge club,” Waiheke Bridge Club president Jenny Alford said. “it provides our members with the opportunity to travel to the city as a team to compete against a city club, as do other sports teams.”

Learn bridge on Waiheke

Twelve beginners recently graduated from a series of bridge lessons run by Chris Curreen and the club welcomed four of those players to its last Wednesday session. Beginners or people wanting to return to bridge can also play on Fridays with June from 1pm at the Catherine Mitchell Centre.

From left: Bridge beginners , Glenda McLeod, Chris Curreen (teacher, Jack and Vera Ryda.

Bridge club on top

After four sessions the Waiheke Bridge Club is leading both the Junior and Intermediate sections of the 2017 Auckland interclub bridge competition. The Waiheke Sharks team intermediate team included Warren Cardno, Barry Belin, Chris Curreen and Tom Mulvey and the Waiheke Orcas – Jenny Alford, Marie Bymolt, Jane Parlane and Owen Foster.

The intermediate Waiheke Gulfers – Lou Scott, Steve Meeking, Cathy Carroll and Christiane Hepburn are placed 10th.

 Grant for new electronic system

The Waiheke Bridge Club is also delighted to announce it has just received funding for a new dealing system from Pub Charity. They have granted $4000 for the new machine. Pub Charity supports groups and organisations using funds raised in gaming machines in hotels and taverns throughout New Zealand.

“The bridge club’s current machine was bought second hand five years ago and recently has needed hours of support from members just to keep it going,” club president Jenny Alford said. “We are absolutely delighted with the grant. We shall buy the new machine soon and ease it in gently as it will be a more sophisticated system than our current one.”

Most bridge clubs have dealing machines linked to software which also provides electronic scoring that is then posted to a website or emailed to members.

“The new Waiheke machine will do that and provide more information on hands for members,” Jenny said.

 Bridge club honours Lynda

Jill Patterson, Martyn Halsall and Lou Scott winners of the Lynda Grey Trophy 2017

Our Summer Pairs competition is to be renamed the Lynda Grey Pairs in memory of Lynda Grey who died suddenlythis year. The competition was won by Martyn Halsall and Jill Patterson with Lou Scott as a sub. They were the first recipients of The Lynda Grey Memorial Trophy presented to the club by Liz Welch whohas left the island. Liz was farewelled by the club with a lunch after bridge and presented with Waiheke Bridge Club cards and some special glasses. Liz was very involved in the bridge club as a player and committee member, always helping at our tournaments, and we’ll miss her delicious Christmas cakes, humour and friendship. We wish her and George the best in their new life off Waiheke.

Waiheke’s Intermediate bridge team rose from bottom of the table to take top honours in the 2016 Auckland-wide interclub competition. The two junior teams also performed well with the Waiheke Orcas coming third and the Dolphins 12th out of 20 teams.
Waiheke’s Intermediate bridge team rose from bottom of the table to take top honours in the 2016 Auckland-wide interclub competition. The two junior teams also performed well with the Waiheke Orcas coming third and the Dolphins 12th out of 20 teams.

Team takes top Auckland honours

Waiheke’s Intermediate bridge team rose from bottom of the table to take top honours in the 2016 Auckland-wide interclub competition


The win was all the sweeter after the intermediate team finished bottom in their first year of play in 2015. The team of Sue and Barry Bellin, Jill Patterson and Warren Cardno won every match this year but the last was possibly the most stressful even though it was a decisive win. “After winning all year we didn’t want to ruin it all with a bad ending,” Jill Patterson said, while filling the cup with Champagne on the late night ferry home to Waiheke.

Waiheke’s two junior bridge teams cheered as the results were announced to the 200 interclub players from throughout Auckland. The junior teams also performed well this year with the Waiheke Orcas coming third and the Dolphins 12th out of 20 teams.

 Farewell to Joan and Tracey

The Bridge Club were sad to see Joan Millen and Tracey Mancer depart for the Bay of Plenty. Both have been stalwarts of the club for many years and enthusiastic players. Joan was treasurer for years and Tracey director. We wish them all the best for their new life off the island.

A big thanks to our local board

Bridge winter sessions are warmer now thanks to the Waiheke Local Board which has provided a grant of $4315 to pay to insulate the Catherine Mitchell Arts Centre. Centre members held a working bee to clear out cma picunder the hall before the insulation was installed.


From left: Helping at the working bee Tom Glass, Shonagh Byrne and Jane Parlane


Thriving club

Our membership keeps climbing with new players coming to live on the island and through the classes held by Sue Bellin with Wednesday night refreshers by Tom Mulvey.

 Warren Cardno (left) and Anthony WilsonThe Waiheke Bridge club celebrated with a Christmas party again at the Carey Bayhome of Dina Goldman where the club’s prize winners were announced. More than 60 people applauded Tuesday Championship winners Steve Meeking and Warren Cardno. Wednesday night Waiheke Pairs winners were Priscilla Tobin and Owen Foster.

Warren Cardno ended an excellent year by winning the Lisa memorial trophy for the Tuesday play Individual winner (donated by Lynn Anderson) and the Individual Founders Ladder trophy played on Wednesdays.

Warren Cardno

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