Interprovincials 2014

The Auckland Bridge Club hosts the NZ Interprovincial Teams Championships for three days from Saturday 29th November 2014.

Dougal McLean Trophy champs

Dougal was a well-liked and accomplished bridge player from Wellington's Victoria Bridge Club. For photos of the glorious winners click on Gallery 2014 IP . Click on Dougal McLean Interprovincial Trophy for further info and previous winners.

Place Dougal McLean overall Open Women Senior Intermediate
1st Auckland/Northland Otago/Southland Auckland/Northland Auckland/Northland Waikato Bays
2nd Otago/Southland Wellington Otago/Southland Central Districts Auckland/Northland
3rd Wellington Top of the South Waikato Bays Wellington Canterbury
4th Canterbury Auckland/Northland Canterbury Otago/Southland Central Districts
5th Waikato Bays Canterbury Wellington Canterbury Otago/Southland
6th Central Districts Central Districts Top of the South Top of the South Wellington
7th Top of the South Waikato Bays Central Districts Waikato Bays Top of the South

Participants

Province Open Women Intermediate Seniors
Auckland Northland Steve Boughey Carol Richardson Pru Robertson Andrew Janisz
Captain Andrew Tarbutt Andi Boughey Cheryl Parsons Trevor Robb
Denis Humphries Grant Jarvis Steph Jacob Nicky Bowers Russell Watt
Kathrin Boardman Susan Humphries Joy Watkinson Nola Clark
Waikato Bays Karen Harris Christine Gibbons Nick Comber Karen Martelletti
Captain Michael Barton Jenna Gibbons Malcolm Christie Julie Sheridan
Alan Turner Brett Glass Amanda Smith Shirley Bain Pat Rutherford
Gary Foidl Judy Pawson Graham Young Helen Melville
Central Districts Bob Hurley Jan Whyte Carolyn Wiggins Robyn Nightingale
Captain Evelyn Hurley Carolyn Yeomans Murray Wiggins Don Nightingale
Colin Carryer Rod Dravitzki Anita Thirtle Humphrey Symons Ken Bateman
Sandy Dravitzki Ann Buckley Wayne Burney Noel Woodhall
Wellington Alan Grant Judy Johnson Chriselda McMillan Tony Lenart
Captain Anthony Ker Joan McCarthy Jill Herman Robyn Freeman-Greene
Anna Herries Ray Gruschow Janet Woodfield Eleisha Hawkins Peter Benham
Graeme Norman Mindy Wu Jeffrey Craanen David May
Top of the South Steve Gray Fran Jessep Wendy Coburn Barbara Fechney
Captain Lindsay Guy Naida Sadd Glynis Tyler Jim Jessep
Phil Rutherford Kate Davies Sita Monaghan Sherryn Malthus Robin Young
John Patterson Ruth Allison Jan Head Howard Sadd
Canterbury John Skipper Mary Buckland Anne Deaker Dave Putt
Captain David Skipper Bev Smith Marilyn Copland Peter van Leeuwen
Kris Wooles Jane Lennon Helen Good Andrew Purves Les Frater
Max Morrison Liz Armstrong Ewan Chapman Dave Mikeara
Otago Southland Sam Bailey Anne Sommerville Brad Johnston Lorraine Oliver
Captain Sam Coutts Ann-Marie Russell Matt Baird Kaye Shand
Arleen Schwartz James Coutts Frances Sheehy Lynne Fegan Nina Hewitt
Glenn Coutts Carol Whitney Maggie Stratford Denis McCaughan

Venue

The Auckland Bridge Club is hosting the event: for a map and contact details please click on the Contact page. To email the Club about IP matters please click on email now.

The Club has large upstairs and downstairs rooms: downstairs accommodates about 50 playing tables, and this is where the event will be played but using upstairs for lunch, team areas and refreshments. There are two staircases and a lift but the lift is a delicate beast and should only be used by those with a genuine need for the lift: and the lift instructions must be followed with care unless you want to spend a lengthy period of time waiting for the lift engineer, and reflecting on why you did not read the instructions.

Timetable

Saturday Sunday Monday
10:30 Captains' meeting 9:30 Match 6 9:00 Match 12
11:00 Match 1 11:05 Match 7 10:35 Match 13
1:00 Match 2 1:00 Match 8 12:10 Match 14
2:35 Match 3 2:35 Match 9 1:45 Medal Presentation
4:10 Match 4 4:10 Match 10
5:40 Dinner upstairs 5:40 Dinner upstairs
7:30 Match 5 7:30 Match 11

Wireless

There is a public wireless network available and the password is displayed in the Club Office window. It has limited capacity and offered for short sharp internet access: it is not designed for movie downloads and alike. The facility will be withdrawn if there are difficulties, so please use it wisely and sensibly.

Photo gallery

A gallery of photos Gallery 2014 IP.

Results

Click on Interprovincial 2014 results (never worked for three days, perhaps will now)

Catering during the event

Lunches will be able to be purchased at the Club and orders will be taken before play commences on every day.

An evening meal, buffet style, will be available on the Saturday and Sunday evenings between the afternoon and evening matches. The cost is $30 per person per night and we will require confirmed bookings 10 days before the commencement of the event.

Lunch menu

$5 Saturday, two 1/2 sandwiches, homemade cake or biscuit + fruit
Chicken sandwich
Ham sandwich
Egg sandwich
Asparagus roll
$5 Sunday, one filled roll, homemade cake or biscuit + fruit
Chicken roll
Ham roll
Vegetarian roll

Licenced bar

The licenced bar will be open during the evening meals and at the end of play. Click Bar for prices. Sponsored by Babich Wines.

Local info

Remuera Road is packed with shops, a supermarket, cafes and restaurants. Check out http://www.remuera.org.nz/ for info. And if your are in Remuera earlier on Saturday morning, Santa is visiting Remuera every Saturday leading up to Christmas .... What more could you want?

Accommodation

Two hotels side-by-side at the Green Lane motorway exit have offered special terms to IP players, the ibis and Novotel: please click on IP Greenlane hotels for special IP Bridge accommodation packages.

The address for both is:

72-112 Green Lane East
Ellerslie
1051 Auckland
Novotel tel 09 529 9090, ibis 09 529 9091.

It is a 15 minute walk from the Club to the hotels (1.6 kms) through mainly residential streets, and there are plenty of cafes, restaurants and shops on Remuera Road near the Club, as well as a New World Remuera supermarket on Clonbern Road nearby.

Check-in policy is 2 pm at both the IBIS and Novotel and perhaps players may wish to contact their hotel direct when making their bookings to see if there are opportunities for earlier occupancy.

Transport to/from airport

The Club will offer a service to selected Auckland Airport flights at the start and end of the Championships. For other services please note that buses stop outside the Club, and nearby: see Auckland Transport with Club address pre-input for details.

The latest time for Saturday morning pick-up from the Auckland Airport is around 9:30 am. In the absence of traffic, etc, it is usually 30 minutes/17 kms drive from the airport to the Club and a few minutes quicker to the hotels.

Those requiring transport should email now (click on that link or get the details from the Contact page) and provide the following :

  • Name
  • Region
  • Team (ie Open, Intermediate, Women, Seniors)
  • Arrival flight number, date and time
  • Departure flight number, date and time

Airport pickup details

We are using Metropolitan Rentals 15 seater vans and it will be driven by one of the members of the Auckland Bridge Club. The airport have allowed us to park in the forecourt area as you come out of the domestic terminal, southern end. If a vehicle is not waiting for you when you arrive, please stay in the area as it should not be far away.

Airport dropoff details

A list will be posted on Sunday on the notice board near the downstairs Gents for participants to confirm their shuttle needs. The airport shuttles wil NOT be stopping at the hotels on the way to the airport so bring luggage to the Club on the Monday morning.

Shuttle to/from accommodation

The Club will offer a service at selected times though the Championships from the two hotels chosen for accommodation. For other services please note that buses stop outside the Club, and nearby: see Auckland Transport with hotel address pre-input for details. It is a 15 minute walk from the Club to the hotels (1.6 kms).

Sunday shuttle leaves hotels at 8:30 and 9:00 for 9:30 start of play.

Monday shuttle leaves hotels at 8:00 and 8:30 for 9:00 start of play. Bring your luggage with you to the Cub as the airport shuttles will NOT be stopping at the hotels.

Costs

Players are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and food costs. The event is funded by NZ Bridge. Click on NZ Bridge Interprovincial travel subsidies for details of NZ Bridge travel subsidies: these arrangements are a matter between NZ Bridge, players and Regions.

Eligibility

In short, this event is closed to all but qualifying teams. Players must selected by their regions/provinces in order to participate.

Director

Ms Julie Atkinson assisted by fabulous caddies.

Event format

Teams are expected from Auckland, Canterbury, Central Districts, Otago/Southland, Top of the South, Waikato Bays and Wellington. Each team should have four Open, four Junior/Intermediate, four Senior and four Ladies players plus a non-playing captain, making 17 people per province. Adding the players and captains to the others such as organisers, directors, caddies and volunteers means that we expect at least 130 people to be present for the three days. The Monday will be especially busy as a Club session with usually 80 players starts at 11:00 am and the Club players will be using the upstairs room meaning that there will be different arrangements for IP players' lunches and refreshments on the Monday.

Rules and regulations

Click on 2014 IP regulations.

2013 Wellington Interprovincials (last year)

2013 Place Douglas McLean Open Women Seniors Intermediate
1st Canterbury Canterbury Auckland Auckland Otago Southland
2nd Auckland Otago Southland Waikato Bays Central Districts Central Districts
3rd Otago Southland Wellington Canterbury Canterbury Canterbury
4th Central Districts Auckland Otago Southland Waikato Bays Wellington
5th Waikato Bays Waikato Bays Top of the South Otago Southland Auckland
6th Wellington Central Districts Central Districts Wellington Waikato Bays
7th Top of the South Top of the South Wellington Top of the South Top of the South