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Report on The Bridge Challenge 2017  by Margaret B

The annual ‘Bridge Challenge’ between Tauranga and Papamoa/Mt Maunganui scrabblers was held on Thursday 18 May 2017, with 14 players participating.

The challenge is hosted alternately, and this year it was Tauranga’s turn.  We were fortunate to have the use of Heather’s home, with its magnificent view across the harbour to our iconic Mauao.

Realising we weren’t there to sit and gaze at the landscape, we started the first of our seven games at 9am.  Of course, we stopped for teas and lunch, with plentiful and delicious morning and afternoon tea supplied by Tauranga.  We hardly needed to take our own lunch!

The result – of the 49 games played, 24 were won by Papamoa/Mt Maunganui and 25 by Tauranga. We couldn’t have had a closer contest, but congratulations must go to Tauranga whose name will be engraved on the trophy.

Report on The Kaimai Challenge 2017 by Shirley M

The Kaimai Challenge was held in sunny Tauranga on 8th April with a lovely view of the harbour on one side and what once was a bowling green on the other.  Thanks to the Vintage Car Club for the use of their club rooms.

This Scrabble tournament is  held yearly, between Kiwi (Hamilton) and Tauranga Scrabble Club, hence called the Kaimai Challenge.  Hosted by us, Tauranga, this year, we won quite handsomely by 63 games to 35.  There were fourteen members in each team, in two sections.

A scrumptious morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea was enjoyed by all.  We look forward to the challenge again next year on Kiwi’s territory!

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Jennifer, of the KIWI Club Hamilton, presenting the trophy to Barbara, President of the Tauranga Club.

Report on The Battle of the Gorge 2016

The annual Battle of the Gorge between Tauranga and Rotorua was held this year on Friday the 16th September at the home of Tim and Janny in Rotorua as it was Rotorua’s turn to host the event.A total of 14 players took part with 7 representing each club.

The day dawned wet and gloomy – perfectly suited for a day of indoor activities.  The gloom was restricted to outdoors though, as the day was spent enjoying the Scrabble competition and socialising with club members from both sides of the Gorge.

Tauranga brought a strong team to the clash and hoped to take the trophy back with them, having won it on their home turf last year.  Rotorua was up to the challenge though, leading 16-12 at the lunch break after four rounds and progressed through the following three rounds to take out the clash by 29-20.  Kevin, of Rotorua, won all seven of his games, with Stan being the only Tauranga player to contain Kevin to a score of less than 400 for his game.

Top player on the day was Rotorua’s Kevin, winning seven games from seven, followed by Joanne with six wins. Top player for the Tauranga team was Elaine with five wins.  All games were played in a great spirit and Merilyn presented the trophy, to Rotorua President Tim, and thanked the hosts for such an enjoyable day.

Much appreciation must go to Ruth for her organisation both before and during the event including input of results between games.  Also to Tim and Janny for providing their home for a pleasant playing environment.  Tim also manned the coffee machine (making his famous delicious coffees) and organised the morning and afternoon teas.

Report on Ruby Year events 2016   by Shirley M. (edited)

Roses are RED, so too was the Ruby Anniversary Tournament held in Tauranga, the weekend of Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th August at the Tauranga Bridge Club.  April heralded the Committee to brainstorm ideas for the upcoming celebration.  On 31st May, a ‘Ruby’ morning tea was held for previous and present club members. Lovely to see the likes of Maurine S, who was an A grade member way back last century,  who introduced Shirley B and  myself to our first tournament in Hamilton! Prior to the event we gained much publicity from our local newspapers headed ‘Heady World of Competitive Scrabble’, quoting Barack Obama, Mel Gibson AND mentioning that even the Queen dabbles.  An entry of 74 players, familiar and new faces alike joined in the Ruby tournament.  Upon entry to the Bridge Club building which was decorated, red balloons and streamers, entrants also turned up wearing red.  After Barbara welcomed everyone, there was the ‘Ruby Year Tauranga Scrabble Club Song’ presented by Heather, sister Ruth and Chris, Jo Ann’s husband, with their ukuleles, accompanied by the two ‘Shirleys’, to the tune “Ruby, don’t take your love to town”.   Ruby Year Anniversary Song    Morning and afternoon tea, you guessed it, red based food!   Barbara our President is to be congratulated for her wonderful organisational skills.  Photo boards, memorabilia going back 40 years, with input from Jeff G, John F, the making of the anniversary cake, hosting a billet, not to mention the rest of the Committee doing a wonderful job as well.  Well done team!  

Snaps from the Ruby Tournament.

Club Day Snaps



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