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2nd Neil Ewart – Ian Robinson
3rd Robert Gallus – Stephen Weisz
1st Jenny Thompson – Eva Caplan
2nd Marnie Leybourne – Viv Wood
3rd Therese Demarco – Lori Smith
COVID Protocols for the Playoffs
COVID Protocols will be in place for the 2022 Playoffs. Please consult the Regulations for the COVID Protocols and Supplementary Regulations - Covid-specific procedures.
Statement from the WBF regarding the World Bridge Series 2022
The World Bridge Federation regrets to advise that while its preference is for Wroclaw as the location for the World Bridge Series, due to the current circumstances in the region all options regarding the dates and location for the event are being considered. Further developments will be published as soon as possible.
29 March 2022
Confirmed entries are listed on the results page. Entries can be paid via My ABF.
Playoffs for Open, Women's and Seniors Australian Teams
The Playoffs for the Open, Women's and Seniors Australian Teams for 2022 will be held concurrently at the Canberra Rex Hotel from Monday 18 April (Easter Monday) to Saturday 23 April 2022. As previously advised the Mixed playoff will not be held.
The playoff dates have been moved to April due to the WA border closure changes making it likely that attendance by WA players will not be feasible in early March. There were also issues in securing a suitable space at the Rex in the March timeframe.
At this stage it is hoped that COVID travel restrictions and case numbers in mid-April will allow the event to be held in a face-to-face (F2F) environment. If WA players cannot attend, then those matches involving WA Players will be held online from a supervised venue in Perth with terminals at the Rex.
If the event cannot be held F2F in Canberra, then the playoffs will move online utilising the 18 April to 23 April dates. In the advent of an online tournament players will be required to attend and play from supervised venues in each state or territory.
An updated full table of PQPs leading to Open, Women's and Seniors Playoffs for 2022 Australian teams is provided on the PQP page.
The WBF have announced changed dates for the postponed the 2021 World Bridge Teams. The new dates are 27 March to 9 April. Refer announcement WBTC_1stInfoLetter.pdf (worldbridge.org) .
Noting this change, and for the avoidance of doubt the TC and the Board confirm our previous decision regarding Australian Teams i.e. the current Australian teams' tenure be extended to the end of March 2022 and include the revised World Bridge Teams dates.
The TC and the Board reaffirm our previous announcement regarding uncertainty regarding travel requirements and if ABF will be able to send representative teams. Any Board approval of travel and participation together with any offer to the teams will be considered closer to the proposed dates for events.
• Purpose of the Playoffs
The primary purpose of the Playoffs is to select the Australian Open, 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.
Entry to the
Open, Women's and Seniors playoffs to be 12 pairs based on Open, Women's and Seniors PQPs. The 12 pairs will play a double round-robin of 14 board matches - 22 matches in total.
Scoring will be by IMPs against a datum calculated on each board with the net IMP result in each match converted to VPs.
Canberra Rex Hotel, 150 Northbourne Ave, Braddon, ACT
Accommodation at the Rex
The Rex have offered the following room rates to players who wish to book with them direct:
- King Room Flat Rate $165.00 including all you can eat continental breakfast
- Crown Suite Flat Rate $190.00 including all you can eat continental breakfast
- Specialty Suite Flat Rate $210.00 including all you can eat continental breakfast
For bookings please phone 02 6248 5311 and say you are with the Bridge Playoff Function.
- this price is guaranteed right up until Saturday, 16th April 2022
- there is free cancellation until 2pm the day prior to the booking
- No prepayment required - pay at the venue on arrival
Players should note that a better rate may be possible by looking at the
Rex guest reservations website for rooms on the dates required ie Sunday 17 April to Saturday 23 April inclusive.
• Water and other beverages
There will be no refillable water stations for bottled water at the hotel - players may bring their own water bottles to the venue but are responsible for their disposal/removal.
There will be no continuous tea and coffee service during the event. However, the ABF will be providing 2 x vouchers/tokens for the players to use towards two beverages each day. They will be given out before play starts each morning. These vouchers can be exchanged at hotel outlets for 1 x regular sized Barista tea or coffee, bottled water, bottled juice, or soft drink cans only. Players may choose to use the vouchers as part payment of $4 towards a larger size tea or coffee etc but are for non-alcoholic beverage supply only.
• Lunch Arrangements
A light lunch will be provided by the ABF at the hotel for all players as part of the entry fee on each day of competition.
A choice will be provided based around the following:
Wrap/Sandwich with beverage (tea/coffee/soft drink) or
Soup with Bread Roll & beverage (tea/coffee/soft drink) or
Stew/Risotto/Curry with Rice/Vegetables & beverage (tea/coffee/soft drink)
Vegetarian options will also be available. Other special meal requirements should be advised to the Tournament staff at the start of the event. Players are required to hand in their lunch choice form each day before the start of the first match.
• Hospitality Function - Thursday 21 April
All players are invited to a function hosted by the ABF after play concludes on Thursday 21 April. The function will be held in the Swan and King bar up on the 5th Floor of the hotel. Drinks and food will be provided.
• Fees and Subsidies
The entry fee for the Open, Women's and Seniors Playoffs is $360 per player including GST. Players U25 (born in 1997 or later) will pay 50% of the players entry fee. However, player subsidies will be given which will result in
a payment to players with the exception of those from Canberra and Sydney.
When entries are confirmed entry fees from players from Canberra and Sydney must be paid via MyABF by 6.00 pm
AEST on Monday 11 April 2022.
Table of Player Payments or Fees
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*In the case of youth players an additional payment of $180 will added to the figures in this
World Bridge Series in Wroclaw Poland, 19 August - 3 September 2022
The top 3 placegetters are eligible to receive a subsidy if they attend the World Bridge Series in Poland and play one event as a pair (either pairs or teams event).
First - $3,000 for the pair plus entry fee for one event;
Second - $2,000 for the pair plus entry for one event; and
Third - $1,000 for the pair plus entry fee for one event.