The CBAI hosted the second weekend of the 2023 Camrose Trophy, in CityNorth Hotel, Gormanstown, over the weekend of 3-5 March. The event went off well; thanks to our TD team of Fearghal O’Boyle and Mairead Basquille, our vugraph co-ordinator Eamon Galligan (assisted by Shireen Mohandes and Andy Bowles of RealBridge, which was used as the broadcast platform), and our cast of vugraph operators and expert commentators.
England won the event, and are therefore home international champions for 2023. They came into the second weekend with a substantial lead, but defeats to Ireland and Scotland, combined with a sterling performance by Wales (who actually finished top of the rankings for the second weekend), meant that the result was in doubt until the last match. Ultimately, a comfortable victory over Northern Ireland saw England safely across the line. Ireland finished third, with a special mention for Tom Hanlon and Conor Boland who listed second in the Butler rankings, and the CBAI team was fourth. You’ll find all the scores here. Pictured below is the victorious England team from the second weekend (l-to-r) Thor Erik Hoftaniska, Janet de Botton, David Bakhshi, Artur Malinowski, Tom Townsend, Espen Erichsen, and NPC Peter Hasenson. The English team from the first weekend was Andrew Black, David Gold, Simon Cope (PC), Peter Crouch, Andrew McIntosh, and Tom Paske.
The weekend also saw a well-attended Malahide Congress, thanks to the hard work of organiser Mary Kelly-Rogers and her congress committee. Thanks to TD Diarmuid Reddan for ensuring that everything went smoothly. The winners of the various events were:
- Gala Pairs – Brigid Lavery & Bernadette Warnock
- Mixed Pairs – Helen & Brendan Sheridan
- Intermediate B Pairs – Nicola O’Dowd & Ena Souhan
- Novice Pairs – Sharon Hogan & Lee Kerrigan
- Area Master Pairs – Roisin & Willie O’Gorman
- Congress Pairs – John & Kelan O’Connor
- Congress Teams – John & Kelan O’Connor, Denis Sheehan, Gordon Lessells
- Intermediate Teams – Noel Hughes, Anthony McMackin, Catherine Carabine, Deirdre Lonergan