Eventually got there at about 1400 hours on Saturday for the start of Match 5 and the scoreboard
showed Ireland romping away at the top of the field. This surprised me as England seemed to have a pretty strong team anchored by the well known Tony Forrester assisted by Norman Selway David Kendrick and John Holland. One noted England were a 5 man team and the Teltscher booklet indicated the 5th man had only taken up the game 10 years before although it also indicates a victory in the Premier League in 2008 so he must have learned very quickly.
Anyway on arrival after 4 matches one noted Ireland well in control on about 51 VPs to probably challengers Englands 34 ... In Round 5 Ireland added a 19 by dominating Scotland to Englands 14 .against Patron so now we are like 70 plays 48. In Round 6 Ireland slipped on a Welsh banana skin while England out ran the Patron. About 7 VPs back and the gap was only 14 with 4 matches to go.
Some doubt was setting in as one player asked me if we could win this thing and wondered did we have to play England again in a direct match.
Sunday morning arrived and it was game on ... England slotted Patron for 18-2 but Ireland held steady with a 17.5 to hold their lead. 96.5 plays 82.8 so 3 matches to go and about 14 VPs in the lead.
In Round 8 we has Ireland versus England. England sent out their front 4 an intimidating collection of Forester Holland Selway and Kendrick. Against this juggernaut CBAI fielded the incredible BJ O'/Brien partered by North Dublins leading bridge teacher Ranald Milne teamed with the perennial Irish National winners Micheal and Padraig O'Brien.
Its free money as not much difference between 750 and 600 in teams and the double might
put the willies on declarer. Willies it was as our intrepid declarer emerged bruised and bloody with only 6 tricks and minus 800 ...15 euro gone in a small stakes money game. 800 and the possible 750 for making. This board alone is worth 6 VPS of the overall score and as it is the direct match that is arguably 12 VPS swung on a few tricks. The other Irish pair took the insurance in 4S and dropped 300 to add to the 800.
A 16-4 loss and the top of the leaderboard was tightened .. we now had Ireland on 100 VPS playing England on 99 VPs and everyone knew who had the baton.
In Round 7 England played the PATRON and Forrester was at the helm in this 6D contract.
Fortunately for Ireland the great man failed in his quest and the Patron team were allowed a couple of VPS. Its a tough hand to make but running the diamond Queen from dummy is a good start.
Round 9 saw the chasing English side slot the Scots for 20-0 and the competitive Ireland team slotted NIBU for a respectable 16.7 but now looked up the leaderboard to England with one match remaining. About 2 VPs behind.
Round 10 the final round was the Rex Anderson board.
and Greenwood contributed the KING.
After that some strange things happened ... and one can note the yellow line above.
Ireland played PATRON in the final round and the Lindsay Burns powered PATRON won the day with a 14.5 score while in the other match England slotted the Welsh for almost 20.
All information on the Senior Camrose can be found on http://fob.ie
Meanwhile this weeks Bridge Now ratings
|Tamara de Grady||1939|
|Patricia A Kelly||1925|
|Baile an Mhota||1904|
|Max de Beer||1876|
|GUIVARCH Jean François||1870|
|Franco Avezzano Comes||1807|
|John Sawyer for Congress||1793|
|mayaude de Bonhome||1773|
|Thierry de Schaetzen||1773|
|Jean Charles Brothier||1771||x|
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So Galligan overtakes the incredible BJ O'Brien who was busy training for the Senior Camrose.
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