2018 Graded Pairs

The 2018 Graded Pairs competition will commence Friday 2nd  March.  Every session, played on the 1st Friday of each month until October, will be split into 2 grades, an A Grade and a B Grade. The grade in which a pair will play is to be determined by the combined total of their MP’s.  Players with a combined total of 600 or more MP’s will play in A Grade while players with a combined total less than 600 MP’s will play in B Grade. The B Grade, although played as one section, will contain a  C Grade section for players with under 150 MP’s.

The winners of all grades will be determined from the best aggregated scores from 6 of the 8 sessions. Substitutes are permissible.  A prize pool for the event will be generated from an entry fee of $5 per player increased by an additional $7.50 per player from the Club.  All money will be returned as prizes.

Entry forms have been posted on the notice board. Entry to the event will be possible up to and including  4th May.

For an explanation of the Rules attached to entry and participation click 2018 Friday Graded Pairs Regulations

Hunter Region GNOT Regional Final

The GNOT regional final for the Hunter Region will be held at the Newcastle Bridge Club on Sunday 27th August. Teams from bridge clubs throughout the region will be competing for the three positons available to progress to the national finals which will be held at the Tweed Ultimate Resort in Tweed Heads from Friday 24th November to Monday 27th November 2017.

 Play will commence 9.30am sharp. The format will be 6 x ten board matches, three before lunch and three after lunch. Lunch will not be provided so players are requested to bring their own.  Drinks and snacks will be provided at the conclusion of play.

2018 Graded Pairs

The 2018 Graded Pairs competition will commence Friday 2nd  March.  Every session, played on the 1st Friday of each month until October, will be split into 2 grades, an A Grade and a B Grade. The grade in which a pair will play is to be determined by the combined total of their MP’s.  Players with a combined total of 600 or more MP’s will play in A Grade a while players with a combined total less than 600 MP’s will play in B Grade. The B Grade, although played as one section, will contain a  C Grade section for players with under 150 MP’s.

The winners of all grades will be determined from the best aggregated scores from 6 of the 8 sessions. Substitutes are permissible.  A prize pool for the event will be generated from an entry fee of $5 per player increased by an additional $7.50 per player from the Club.  All money will be returned as prizes.

Entry forms have been posted on the notice board. Entry to the event will be possible up to and including  4th May.

For an explanation of the Rules attached to entry and participation click fri-graded-pairs-regulations

New Restricted Playing Session

A new session for restricted players will commence on Thursday 10th November, 9:30am to 1:00pm.. 

  • Restricted to players with <150  MPs as at 30th September 2016
  • Run in conjunction with a Supervised session
  • Will have a Non Playing Director who will direct the restricted session and supervise the supervised play
  • Standby Players Available for Supervised play only

Christmas/New Year Bridge Sessions

Thursday Night Friday Morning Saturday Afternoon  Monday Afternoon Monday Evening Tuesday Morning Wednesday Day
Dec-24 Dec-25 Dec-26 Dec-28 Dec-28 Dec-29 Dec-30
NO  NO YES  YES NO  YES YES
Dec-31 Jan-01 Jan-02 Jan-04 Jan-04 Jan-05 Jan-06
NO NO YES YES  YES YES YES

Wednesday Night Supported PlayNO play on December 23rd or December 30thResumes on January 6th 2016

Thursday Supported Play – Will resume on 14th January 2016

Club Teams Championship 2018

A decision was made at the April Committee meeting that there will be no qualifying rounds for the Club Teams Championship. Instead the event will be held as a single day event on Sunday 22 July, with a morning and afternoon session. This decision is consistent with the one previously made for the Club Pairs Championship.

A reminder that to be eligible to win this event, players must:

  • Be financial members of the Newcastle Bridge Club; and
  • Have played a minimum of six sessions in the preceding twelve months (excluding GNOTs, Country Teams, State Open Pairs and Club Champion events).

Country Teams Championship 2018

The 2018 Country Teams Championship is a state event organised by the New South Wales Bridge Association (NSWBA). Teams must qualify to play in the regional finals.

Newcastle Bridge Club will hold qualifying events on the following dates:

Three sessions on Monday nights:       May 14, 21, 28

Two sessions on Wednesdays:              May 09, 16

Please note that these some of these dates are different to those in the 2018 Program – the three sessions previously scheduled for Thursday night have been moved to Monday night (due to the cancellation of Bridge sessions on Thursday night).

The event is conducted in accordance with Newcastle Bridge Club regulations and NSWBA supplementary regulations. Condition of entry is that each team member must be a member of a regional club affiliated with the NSWBA.

Teams are requested to register prior to the event by completing the entry form located on the board near the sign-on book.

The club will sponsor six teams to the Regional Final by paying the entry fee. Other teams wishing to enter may do so but must pay their own entry fee.

Newcastle Bridge Club will host the regional final on Sunday 3rd June commencing at 9.30 am. Participants are asked to provide their own lunch, but food and drinks will be provided at the end of the event.

Gold Coast Congress 2018 Results

Newcastle Bridge Club members had very pleasing results in the 2018 Gold Coast Congress.  Notable performances came from:
  • Chris Dibley and Michael Seldon who qualified to play in the A Grade Final of the Open Pairs event;
  • Wayne Smith and Paul McGrath who finished 2nd in the B Grade Final of the Seniors Pairs;
  • Vincia and Giles Martin who won the C Grade Final of the Restricted Pairs event; and
  • Jeff Conroy and Jill Blenkley who along with Hans Van Weeren and Peter Clarke from North Shore BC won the Restricted Teams Final.
Well done to them and to all of our members who competed.

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Winners of the Graded Pairs Competition

The Graded Pairs competition finished on 3 November.

Congratulations to the winners and to everyone who participated. The overall winners were:

A Grade:

1st: Wayne Smith & Paul McGrath

2nd: Michael Simes & Rosalie Broughton

3rd: Don Miller & Jan Nicol

B Grade:

1st: Jeff Conroy & Jill Blenkey

2nd: Gai Brouwer & Brigitta Kuegler

3rd:  Bruce Webster & Alan Hemmingway

C Grade:

1st: Jennifer Fowler & Jack Fowler

2nd: Vincia Martin & Giles Martin

3rd: Graham Woods & Grant Gamage

Club Pairs Championship

The final of the Club Pairs was held on Sunday 24th September with 8 pairs competing.
At the end of the two rounds scores were tied. Equal first with 52.70% were Rod Bell/Wayne Morgan and Pam Robinson/Christo Moskovsky.
Equal third with 51.20% were Paul McGrath/Chris Dibley and Diana Ellis/Chris Ellis.

After the tie was broken, according to the NSWBA Tournament Regulations, Wayne and Rod finished just ahead of Pam and Christo to be crowned the 2017 champions.

Country Teams Regional Final

The Hunter Country Teams Regional Final will be held on Sunday 4th June at the Newcastle Bridge Club.
Play will commence at 9.30 am sharp and players are requested to arrive by 9.00 am for registration.

Swiss Teams consisting of 6 x 10 board matches.

Tea and coffee are available and morning tea and post match nibbles and drinks will be provided.
Lunch is not provided so players should to bring their own.