England's challenge for the Gold medal received a boost when the Netherlands faltered during Saturday's play, especially against Russia. Meanwhile, our ladies were playing some excellent bridge to record big wins against both Israel and Denmark. Our position improved dramatically as the day's events unfolded: starting 20 VPs behind the Dutch but ending up within 3 VPs of the lead. The Italians are in second place and the French should not be discounted (14 VPs behind us).
40 VPs ahead of seventh place, qualification for the Venice Cup is virtually assured and so the focus is firmly on winning a medal - preferably a Gold!
With the top teams having to play each other over the next three days, we seem to be hitting form at just the right moment and so today's clash with the Dutch is a mouth-watering prospect in our attempt to emulate the success of the English senior team - hearty congratulations to them!
Most definitely, the heat is on!