C.B.A.I. Dublin North Region

Kirwan Novice League Round 4
We got round 4 played over two nights. First up was the match between St Gabriel’s and Raheny on Friday 5th. St Gabriel’s had home advantage and were on a 100% record and another win would surely have seen them win the league. However it wasn’t to be, with Raheny winning a tight match by 13 IMP’s giving them a 13.20 to 6.80 VP win.
On Wednesday 10th it was the turn of Malahide to take on Donabate. I went there to set up and oversee the match, but to be fair I wasn’t needed and while they did battle in one room, I got to play with Mary Breen, the incoming President of the Dublin North Region in the main room. A particular thanks to Malahide Bridge Club who made me really welcome and gave me a few bridge lessons at the same time. Gay’s Malahide team came out with all guns blazing and put Leo’s Donabate team to the sword (There are some idiotic idioms for you!) and won the match by 51 IMP’s for an 18.73 to 1.27 VP win. Luckily Gay checked my scoring as I initially advised the teams that Malahide had won by 14.76 to 5.24, which, I blush to say, was wrong in so many ways.
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After all that, the good news is that there are 3 teams still in with a chance of taking the title when we play the final round of matches in St Paul’s on Thursday 18th.
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Maria Keane’s St Gabriel’s are still on top, but they will be waiting with bated breath to hear the outcome of the Round 5 Match between Raheny and Malahide. A win of any sort for Raheny will see them top the league, while Malahide need to collect 17 VP’s to win the league. St Gabriel’s will be shouting for Malahide but not too loudly.
Leo was bemoaning the fact that on the last occasion that Donabate visited St Paul’s, there was ne’er a drop of water on offer. I want to reassure him that Hazel from Raheny and Mary from Clontarf plan to cook up a storm and roll out the red carpet for the visiting teams on this occasion. (Even more idiotic idiosyncratic idioms and an atrocious awful array of alliteration for you.)