Alan Goodman, Brian Short, Iain Sime and John Matheson were the third-best team in the final of the Coupe de Ville BAM tournament yesterday, but qualifying in last position meant no carry-over and they were placed fifth.
A good end to a championship that was generally disappointing for Scottish viewers. Part of this was down to expectations, since the women did very well to finish second in their round-robin group but we hoped that they'd go deeper into the knock-out stages; and, after Dublin, we were hoping for more medals from the seniors.
Switching hats, the English Women won the gold medal. The team started very slowly and could easily have missed out on the knock-out stages, but proved very strong when it came to the head-to-head matches. A great performance by them all. I was particularly pleased to see that Suzie and Fiona are throwing off their 'third pair' mantel and playing a full part in the final proceedings. This can only help the team as they prepare for the Venice Cup in Bali next year.
The English Open and Seniors teams were even more disappointing than the Scots. With the Open team also off to Bali for the Bermuda Bowl, the EBU Selection Committee has a difficult time ahead deciding who should be in that team.
(bampot, n., Glaswegian word for a 'Headcase')