Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Thoughts of an NPC II

This is Bill reporting from Pau at the end of Day 3.The weather is overcast with some rain and tensions are still high as we are now placed eleventh in our group.- remember nine teams qualify for the second and all important round robin.

Since my last report we have beaten Finland 17-13, lost to Spain 14-16, beat Greece 19-11 and Serbia 17-13. In most of our matches we seem to start badly and come good at the end. None of this is at all good for my nerves.

Against Spain I was watching the two Johns' and was concerned that a big defeat looked possible until they managed to defeat a very makeable slam on the penultimate board - which gave me some hope. Thankfully Paul and Tony produced a good card and the 14- 16 defeat felt like a victory.

In general we have lost heavily on slams and to quote Jason "mostly of our own making"

Today we need to pick up points as on Thursday we play Netherlands, Iceland and Czech Rep- three tough matches and which I believe will be key to our qualification.

Next report soon.

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