Pennant State Teams
Victorian Open Teams Championship
A State Championship State Event
Aug 28th, Sep 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th Oct 2nd
History of the Pennant
The 1st Pennant was held in 1934, organised by the Victorian Bridge Association. Australia’s leading pair Champion-Goldberg won the first 3 Pennants playing the Pachabo system. 48 teams entered that inaugural Pennant – 16 in the A division (with the winner to become the Victorian team for the Interstate championship), 24 in the B division, and 18 in the ladies section. The format was a double round-robin qualifying to semi-finals. The “home and away” borrowed its scoring from football (4-2-0 Victory Points and percentage of points for vs against to break ties)!
2019 VICTORIAN PENNANT
FORMAT: Stage One (6 weeks preliminary qualifying) either:
12 x 14-board matches in a Round-Robin format within each of two groups (with possibly some seeded cross-over); or:
18 x 9-board matches in a Round-Robin format within a single group.
QUALIFIERS: The five teams progressing from the Preliminary (two from each Qualifying Group, plus the best third* placed team) will participate in the Semi-Finals on Saturday 23rd November.
The Semi-Finals (with screens) will be a Round-Robin consisting of 5 x 12-board matches. The other team that will participate in the Semi-Finals will be determined from a Regional Play-off.
The Final 2-team Knockout on Sunday 24th November will consist of 4 x 16-board stanzas.
* This will be the team that is ‘closest’ to the 2nd placed team in its own group.
SCORING: IMPs to VPs using the appropriate 14-board WBF Scale (Qualifying) and 12-board WBF Scale (Round-of-Six).
FEES: $20.00 per player per session (Qualifying)
$23.00 per player per session (Weekend Finals)
TIMES: 92 minutes per 14-Board (Qualifying).
SEATING: Toss for rights.
TIES: Normal VBA regulations apply
SLOW PLAY and LATENESS: Offending teams may be fined for either offence.
SUBSTITUTES: Current VBA Substitution Regulations