ANC Review – main changes and survey outcomes


ANC Review – main changes and survey outcomes

Ben Thompson was at the ANC on July 21 & 22 to talk with ANC players in two consultation sessions about the progress of the ANC Review he has been conducting on behalf of the ABF, and particularly:

  • the outcomes of the interviews and survey conducted earlier this year;
  • the direction the ABF is taking with the ANC based on those outcomes; and
  • how best to implement the main upcoming changes

He used these two documents in his sessions:

One promising idea out of the consultation sessions is to have three qualifiers in the Interstate Teams, giving the top qualifier Thursday morning off while 2nd and 3rd playoff over 20-30 boards (with carryover) for the other spot in the final (which would start Thursday afternoon). The presentation materials, and the supplementary survey, investigate introducing semi-finals to the Interstate Teams alongside reintroducing the Interstate Pairs and the “three qualifier” idea is exactly the kind of refinement we were hoping to gather from the consultation sessions.

Please remember to fill out the supplementary survey; it only takes 5 minutes. You might like to comment on your preference for three versus four qualifiers for the Interstate Teams “semi-finals”

» ANC Supplementary Survey

If you’ve done the survey and find you have more to say (eg on 3 vs 4 Interstate Teams qualifiers), please email Ben at

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