Australia Open Team Play off for 2018.  
  Dates > 12th to 16th November 2017. 
 Venue > Canberra Rex Hotel, Braddon, ACT 
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 The primary purpose of the Playoff is to select the Australian Open Team for the next   year. By entering the 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 Playoff 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
 The entry fee for the Open Playoff is $560 per pair including GST.

 To simplify administration for interstate players, it has been decided to net off the entry fee from player subsidies to produce   a single player 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 - - - - - - - - - - - - 280  - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -820 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -540 - - - - - - -  -   0
 Adelaide/Hobart - - -  280  - - - - - - -- - - -  - - -  -570 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -290 - - - - - - - - - 0
 Melbourne - - - - - - -    280 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -440 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -160 - - - - -- - - - -0
 Brisbane/Gold Coast280 - - - - - - - - - -  - - - -- 505 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -225 - --  - - - - - - 0
 Sydney - - - - - - - - - -  280 - - - - - - - - -- - -  - - - 280 - -- -  - - - - - - --  -- - -0 - - - - - - - - - 0
 Canberra - - - - - - - - - 280 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0 - - - - - - - -280
 *The ABF policy of discounted entry for Youth applies. In the case of youth players an additional payment of $140 will added   to  the figures in this column

 Canberra players are asked to pay their entry fee by direct deposit to the following bank account:
 BSB: 082968; A/C: 641482644) by the close of business on Wednesday 8 November 2017.

 Player payments will be made to a nominated bank account for each player on Monday 13 November 2017. 

  By entering the Playoff, all players declare that they are available and intend to represent Australia in any Target Event/s if they   qualify.

 There is no target event for 2018, since there is no World Championship or Asia Pacific event where we can send an Australian   Representative Team.

 Successful participants in the Playoff may be offered the opportunity to participate in any other supported events. Details will   be  posted as they become available.

  • Other Supported Events

 The ABF will offer successful pairs support to attend one or both of the events below. The ABF may decide to support other   events if they become available and are thought to be worth supporting.  

 World Bridge Series in Orlando Florida, 22 September – 6 October 2018

 The ABF will offer support for the pairs placing 1st and 2nd in the Open playoff to attend this World Bridge Federation event. If   a   pair declines the offer, the offer will pass to the next highest placed pair(s).

 Support will be $3,000 for the higher paced pair and $2,000 for the other pair, with a further maximum entry fee contribution   capped at $1,000 per pair subject to evidence of entry expenses. The support will be conditional on the pair playing as a unit,   but  they will be free to play with team-mates of their choice and in events of their choice.

 Commonwealth Nations Bridge Championships at the Gold Coast, 14-18 February 2018

 Three successful pairs in the Open Playoff will be invited to form a team to represent Australia in the 5th Commonwealth   Nations Bridge Championships. This team will compete in the Commonwealth Nations Championship category.

 Selection will be based on the ABF Team Selection Policy for Non-Target Events. Support will be $1800 per team plus entry fee

  contact  
 Tournament Organiser
 Jane Rasmussen 
 ☎ (02) 6239 2265 
 secretariat@abf.com.au

 Chief T D :
 Matthew McManus
 
 Laurie Kelso 
Matthew McManus 
 nec@abf.com.au