ABF PRESS RELEASE
for PABF (Singapore), Bermuda Bowl/Venice Cup (Bali), Seniors Championship (Bali)
The ABF is pleased to announce
the results of the 2001 playoff to select Open and Women's teams for the PABF
Championships (Singapore) in June, and the Bermuda Bowl and Venice Cup (Bali)
in October. A Senior selection event was also run in Sydney to select a Zone 7
team for the Senior event in Bali.
Australian teams travelled to Christchurch over the Easter weekend to compete
against teams from New Zealand, Kingdom of Tonga and New Caledonia. The top finishing
Australian team will be offered the right to compete in the PABF Championships
in Singapore in June and the Bermuda Bowl in Bali. The three teams were NOBLE
(B. Noble, G. Bilski, T. Brown, P. Gue, P. Fordham and M. Prescott), NEILL (B.
Neill, A. Walsh, P. Gumby, W. Lazer, B. McDonald and M. Hughes), and ROTHFIELD
(J. & C. Rothfield, I. Del Monte, S. Browne, K. Dyke and M. Mullamphy).
a double round robin comprising 14 x 20 board matches, the Australian teams finished
NOBLE 256 VP's
NEILL 231.5 VP's
Congratulations to the NOBLE team, who will represent
Australia in the PABF and WBF events.
Australian Women's teams also travelled to Christchurch over the Easter weekend
to compete against three teams from New Zealand. The top finishing Australian
team would be offered the right to compete in the PABF Championships in Singapore
in June. However, only one team from Zone 7 is eligible to compete in the Venice
Cup in Bali in 2001. The top finishing two teams from the triple round robin (from
different countries) were required to playoff for the right to play in Bali.
three Australian teams were: TRAVIS (B. Travis, E. Havas, A. Clark, M. Chadwick,
D. Moir, J. Cormack), CUMMINGS (V. Cummings, C. Feitelson, B. Folkard, L. Stern),
and BEECH (M. Bourke, K. Robb, F. Beale, D. Smart, S. Lusk, T. Tully)
a triple round robin comprising 15 x 20 board matches, the Australian teams finished
TRAVIS 249 VP's
CUMMINGS 244 VP's
The TRAVIS team then competed in a 64 board Final
against the NEWTON team (J. Wilkinson, S. Newton, L. Geursen, J. Abel) from New
Zealand. After 5 of the 6 sets of the Final, New Zealand conceded when the score
was Australia 277, New Zealand 178.
Congratulations to the
TRAVIS team, who will represent Australia in the PABF and WBF events.
With the ABF committed to support World Seniors events, a
playoff to select an Australian Senior team for the World Championships in Bali
was held at the Double Bay Bridge Club is Sydney. The three Australian qualifying
teams would playoff initially, and the leading team would then compete against
a New Zealand Senior team to win the right to play in Bali.
three Australian teams were: WESTWOOD (Bill Westwood-Robert Evans Kaoru Anderson-Roger
Januske Tom Moss - Wally Malaczynski), HAUGHIE (Bill Haughie-Jim Borin Gaby Lorentz-John
Lester Tim Seres-Ron Klinger), JACKMAN (Tony Jackman-Denise Dodd Michael Kent-Joan
Kent Margaret Drake-Jenny Han).
At the end of the qualifying
competition, the three teams were placed as follows:
JACKMAN 35 VP's
WESTWOOD 9 VP's
competed in a 64 board final against the New Zealand Team of CAHN (L. Knight,
J. Woodfield, R. Freeman-Greene, D. McLean, J. Greene). HAUGHIE won 197 to 82
Congratulations to the HAUGHIE team who will represent
Australia in the Bali World Championships.