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Waiheke bridge players to represent Auckland

Two members of the Waiheke Bridge Club topped the Auckland-Northland intermediate provincial trials and will represent the region to compete against bridge teams nationwide.
Cathy Carroll and Felicity Hannay are busy practising for New Zealand’s premier bridge event to will be held at the Auckland Bridge Club on the 20-22 November. Their fellow team members are Aaron Starr and Robert Davies from Papatoetoe.
“It’s fantastic for our small but vibrant bridge club to have two of our members selected to play for the region,” Waiheke Club president Jane Parlane said. “They won selection by playing against some of the best Auckland players and we’re extremely proud of them. Also two of our other members just missed out on selection.”

Waiheke Bridge Club holds three sessions a week for its 70 plus members and has just held a series of both beginners and improvers classes. The classes with Jenny Alford and Claire Stainton have been popular. “Newcomers with little or no background in the game can learn to play, and to enjoy social bridge with new friends, online bridge, and/or club sessions – for many it becomes all of those,” Jenny says.

Beginners courses are 10 weeks and are run at least once a year. Enquiries are welcome to jennyalfordnz@gmail.com. The club is also starting classes for experienced players this month.

“One of the beauties of bridge is that you’re continually learning the game,” Jane said. “That’s one of the many reasons it’s so popular – it’s impossible to master and it’s accessible to everyone.”

 

Twenty-six members of the Waiheke club travelled to Meadowbank on 13 June for their annual tournament against the Royle Epsom Bridge Club.

“Unfortunately we weren’t able to bring back the cup this time but we enjoyed the challenge and we’ve invited the club to Waiheke to play against us next year,” Jane said. “We’re also hoping to see some of their players at our annual tournament in November sponsored by LifeCare Residences – Waiheke Retirement Village.”

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