Thursday, 17 July 2008

England Juniors in Poland

Our England Junior representatives are currently in Wroclaw, Poland today to take part in the 9th European Youth Pairs. If you know very little about this city or the Silesian region, there is some interesting information on the European Bridge League site to be found by clicking here

Our pairs are taking part in three categories and are lead by Michael Byrne who is acting as the EBU’s representative and NPC. For several pairs, this is an important part of the preparations for the Mind Sports Olympiad in Beijing in October.

In the Girl’s U25 category we will be hoping for an excellent performance from Fiona Brown and Susan Stockdale. After victories in the Channel trophy and the Junior Camrose, the partnership won the Under 28 trials for Beijing.

The relatively young pairing of Ed Jones and Tom Paske may find the going tough in the U26 Pairs, but both are determined characters and will be desperately trying to do well.

Our largest contingent will be playing in the U21 Pairs. This will be a new experience for most of the pairs, but lots of training and serious practice has been taking place and we hope that some of our pairs will reach the prestigious A final.

We wish them all the very best of luck.

Bulletins and results will be found on the EBU web-site and I will keep you informed of the results.

Fortunes are bound to be mixed as the opposition will be stiff and competition severe. Whatever the results the outcome will be that our players will have benefited from the extended experience of competing against the best of Europe’s young players.