Australian Representative Teams for 2008
The Australian Teams for 2008 have been determined:
Open Team for China:
Open Team for the PABF:
Women's Team for China:
Women's Team for the PABF:
Seniors' Team for China:
Seniors' Team for the PABF:
The Open and Women's Playoffs will be held at the Rydges Lakeside, Canberra, March 26-30, 2008.
2008 Open and Women's Playoffs
The balance of entry fee/subsidy is payable on-site before play commences.
System cards must be emailed to the webmaster. See note below for deadline and click on the link below for instructions and for system cards submitted.
2008 Open and Women's System Cards (updated March 20)
2008 Open and Women's Qualifiers
Entry Fees & Subsidies (per player):
Schedule: The first match will start at 10am on Wednesday, 26 March. Subsequent scheduling is to be advised.
Location: Rydges Lakeside Canberra.
Format: The 2008 Open and Women's playoffs will be played in two stages under a pairs format similar, but not identical, to the one used in 2006. 16 qualified pairs will contest Stage 1; 14 of those pairs will qualify via PQP and two via the Open and Women's Last Trains. At the conclusion of Stage I, the four bottom pairs will be eliminated and the remaining 12 pairs will contest Stage II.
Carryover: 12 pairs from Stage I qualify for Stage II. Carryover VPs will be awarded as follows:
Entries: Entry forms can be downloaded from the ABF website. The entry form will indicate a contact point from which information and relevant entry protocol can be obtained. Entries to the Open and Women's Playoffs must be submitted by registered mail to: Playoff, PO Box 1105, Mountain Gate, Victoria 3156. Entries close at 5pm on Monday, 31 December 2007.
Declaration of entries: Two places in the 16-pair field will be filled from the 2008 Open and Women's Last Train events. The pairs occupying the other 14 places by virtue of 2007 PQP awards, plus two emergency pairs (15th and 16th according to 2007 PQP awards), will be declared on the ABF website on Friday, 4th January 2008.
Systems for Playoffs: It was resolved that any system may be used in the Australian Playoffs (Open, Women's, Seniors), provided that the system is permitted in the qualifying rounds of the international event which is the primary Target Event of that particular Australian Playoff. It was noted that, because YELLOW (HUM) systems are prohibited in the qualifying rounds of the 2008 Olympiad (the primary Target Event for 2008 Australian teams), no YELLOW system is permitted in the 2008 Playoffs.
Submission of systems: Each pair must submit its system on an ABF standard system card using the ABF Convention Card Editor program for posting on the ABF website. The deadline for posting on the website is 14 February, 2008. Failure to meet the deadline will result in a warning. Failure to post the system by 21 February will result in a fine of 1 VP (applicable to Playoff Stage I only). Further lateness will result in additional fines of 1 VP per week.
Declaration of availability: The downloadable entry form will list the conditions (declaration of availability), approved by ABF Legal Counsel and endorsed by the ABF, with which pairs selected to represent Australia must comply. Submission of an entry (on the downloadable entry form) is deemed to represent acceptance of those conditions by the entrant.
2008 Seniors Playoff
Venue: Hakoah Club, Hall St, Bondi
Detailed information about the 2008 Seniors Australian Teams Selection Playoffs can be found on the Seniors Playoff website at www.Seniors.thesterns.com.au.
The following entries are accepted where
Last Train Entries:
Wildcard Entries - these are listed in order. Should it be found that an entry has gone astray (very unlikely) then the last name on the list will be required to vacate, etc. There are no subsidies for Wildcard pairs.
Bob Richman - George Gaspar (2 only)