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Winners of the 2020 Australian Seniors' Playoff:

Gabi Lorentz - Stephen Burgess
Robert Krochmalik - Paul Lavings
George Kozakos - George Smolanko

Winners of the 2020 Australian Women's Playoff:

Sophie Ashton - Lauren Travis
Jessica Brake - Susan Humphries
Marianne Bookallil - Jodi Tutty

The selection of opponents for the Quarter-Finals of the Seniors' and Women's Playoffs is now complete.

The resulting Quarter-Final matches will be:

Seniors' (128 boards)
Lorentz v Waters
Robinson v Reynolds
Women's (128 boards)
Hoffman v Coles
Travis v Reynolds
Cooper v Smyth
Pitt v Jenner-O'Shea


The first named teams will be allocated a carry/forward of 0.1 IMPs

The Braithwaite and Thomson teams each have a bye and will select their Semi-Final opponents at the conclusion of the quarter-finals.

Entries to the Seniors' and Women's Playoffs are now closed. Fees payable by Sydney and Canberra players were due November 21 and system cards should be uploaded by November 27.

Entries to the Seniors' and Women's Playoffs are open and close 6:00pm AEDT, Wednesday 20 November, 2019.

Seniors' matches will be 128 boards.

 • Purpose of the Playoffs

The primary purpose of the Playoffs is to select the Australian Women's and Senior Teams for the next year. By entering either Playoff, all players declare that they are available and intend to represent Australia in any Target Event/s if they qualify.

Participation and performance in the Playoffs are also major criteria in deciding to whom the ABF offers the opportunity to represent Australia in any other (non-target) representative events that may arise in that year.

All players who enter the Playoff must be eligible to play for Australia as per the ABF's Eligibility to represent Australia Policy, and be eligible for any Target Events as per their eligibility codes.

 • Venue

Canberra Rex Hotel, 150 Northbourne Ave, Braddon, ACT

 • Parking

The Canberra Rex has about 65 car parking spaces in the vicinity of the hotel available to guests and delegates, free of charge on a first come, first served basis and there is underground parking for those staying in the apartments. There are also long stay public car parks in Braddon and Civic and convenient public transport options to get to and from the Rex.

 • Accommodation

There are plenty of accommodation choices in the general vicinity of the Rex to suit all budgets.

Canberra Rex Hotel and Serviced Apartments

Hotel Availability

Rate (per night)



Early Bird


King Room

Complimentary full buffet breakfast



One Bedroom Apartment

Breakfast is not included



Two Bedroom Apartment

Breakfast is not included



  1. Occupancy is for two persons
  2. 10 King Rooms, 5 One Bedroom and 5 Two Bedroom apartments are available
  3. Early Bird rates are valid up to 30 days prior to the start of the event, ie. until 7th November 2019 only
  4. Rates quoted are valid only for guests attending the quoted event
  5. Breakfast is included for Hotel guests
  6. 24-hour cancellation applies to all bookings, delegates have until 4pm to cancel for the following day

When booking just say that you are with the Australian Bridge Federation Playoffs and quote BDEC19.

Reservations: reservations@canberrarexhotel.com.au or Telephone: 02 6248 5311.

 • Fees and Subsidies

The entry fee for the Women's and Seniors' Playoffs is $1740 per team including GST. This includes lunch at the Rex for all members of the team each day (see below).

To simplify administration for interstate players, it has been decided to net off the entry fee from player subsidies to produce a single player subsidy payment in most cases except players from Sydney and Canberra as follows:

Table of Player Payments or Fees


You come from Entry fee (per player) Per player subsidy You receive* You pay
Perth 290 820 530 0
Adelaide 290 570 280 0
Melbourne 290 440 150 0
Brisbane/Gold Coast 290 505 215 0
Sydney 290 270 0 20
Canberra 290 0 0 290


You come from Entry fee (per player) Per player subsidy You receive* You pay
Perth 435 820 385 0
Adelaide 435 570 135 0
Melbourne 435 440 5 0
Brisbane/Gold Coast 435 505 70 0
Sydney 435 270 0 165
Canberra 435 0 0 435

*The ABF policy of discounted entry for Youth applies.  In the case of youth players an additional payment of $145 will be added to the figures in this column .

Canberra and Sydney players are asked to pay their entry fee by direct deposit by the close of business on Thursday 21 November 2019 to the following bank account :

BSB: 082968
A/C: 641482644
Seniors' Reference : SP(your ABF Number)" example : "SP759181"
Women's Reference : WP(your ABF Number)" example : "WP759181"

Refunds will be given to players depending upon when their team is eliminated. $870 if they lose in the QF round, $435 if they lose in the SF and no refund to the two finalists.

Refunds and player subsidies will be paid in ONE net amount to each team's nominated bank account as soon as practicable after their elimination or when the Playoffs finish. Please contact Jane Rasmussen secretariat@abf.com.au with your nominated person and bank account details.

 • Catering

Lunch will be provided and will comprise a choice of three basic items:

  • a soup/roll with a drink; or
  • a risottto, stew or curry also with a drink; or
  • a baguette filled with different things also with a drink.

Vegetarian and gluten free will be available in amongst the three choices or as an extra upon request.

Players will need to choose their lunch option before play starts each day. All 6 players can take lunch but will need to give their option to another player, their captain or the Tournament Organiser.

 • Format

The format will be teams based:
  • 128 board knockout matches each match played over two days;
  • teams ranked by PQPs for determining knockout brackets and tie breaking; and
  • a maximum entry of eight teams (ranked upon total PQPs - after bonuses are applied).

Session times (each day, 4 x 16 board stanzas)

9.30 am - 11.38 am
11.50 am - 1.58 pm
2.30 pm - 4.38 pm
4.50 pm - 6.58pm

 • Target Events

The target event for the Women's Playoff is the 2020 World Bridge Games Torlantano Trophy Women's Teams.
The target event for the Seniors' Playoff is the 2020 World Bridge Games Seniors' Teams.
The dates and venue of the World Bridge Games are yet to be announced.

Other Supported Events

The ABF will support teams to play in the APBF Congress Women's and Seniors' Teams in Perth, April 17-22, 2020.
Selection will be based on the ABF Team Selection Policy for Non-Target Events.

 • Regulations

Supplementary Regulations Updated 25 November, 2019

 • Contacts

Tournament Organiser
Roy Nixon
0423 043 220
Chief Tournament Director
Matthew McManus

For further information contact Laurie Kelso and Matthew McManus