The Open team start tomorrow with South Africa, current leaders of the group. Then they have their bye before facing mid-table Thailand.
A relatively quiet set of boards but the
In their final match against Chinese Taipei three game swings to two was worth a 20-10 VP win.
The Women start with two easier (on paper) matches against Jordon and Guadeloupe. The final match is against Poland, fourth in the Europeans where they beat us 19-11 VP. Another opportunity for revenge!
A relatively quiet set of boards against Israel but the opponents had the better of the part-scores as the Seniors fell to a 10-20 VP defeat. Then, on the second quiet set, they made a good comeback in the final four boards to draw with Canada. In the final match against India they established a sizeable lead only to find India fighting back as Scotland emerged with a 17-13 VP win. The team is moving in the right direction.
The Seniors play France, Brazil and Belgium tomorrow. I expected Brazil to be one of the strongest teams in the competition but they are bottom of the group. France, winners of the gold medal in the Europeans, have started slowly but lie fourth but Belgium, who beat us in Lille but finished three places lower, appear to be struggling. So it looked a very tough day when I saw the draw, but perhaps more of an opportunity than I realised.