Congratulations to Joe Farrell and Bryan Ryan, winners of the Kay Downes Trophy (Novice Pairs championship), held recently in Railway Union BC.
Since 1997, Dublin South has played Liverpool (or more accurately, the Merseyside & Cheshire Bridge Association) in an annual fixture, alternately home and away. The event is played for the Cantor-Dowling Shield, in recognition of the two people who originally conceived of the event. Liverpool currently leads 11-9 in the cumulative results.
The 2017 fixture for the Cantor-Dowling Shield was held at the Plaza Hotel, Tallaght, on 27/28 May 2017. Dublin South was represented by:
Open Team: Heidi Lillis, Michael McGloughlin, Steve Bearpark, Brendan Curran.
Ladies Team: Pat Ryan, Pat McMahon, LizAnn O'Reilly, Mary Stanley.
Club Team: Anne Keating, Dermot O'Brien (Captain), John Connolly, Arran Bolger.
Officials Team: Sheila Horkan, Perdita Quinlan, Seamus Dowling, Ann Fitzmaurice, Cathy Bearpark, Thomas MacCormac, Mike Gowie, Kevin O'Dea.
Dublin South started the match well, and led by a decent margin after the first two (of fifteen) stanzas, but unfortunately it was downhill from there, and Liverpool ended up victorious by a comfortable margin, ensuring that they extended their lead in the cumulative standings to 11-9.
Our thanks to the staff and management of the Plaza Hotel for hosting the event extremely smoothly, and to Deirdre Fallon of the Dublin South Committee for filling the role of non-playing organiser. All involved were agreed that it was great to see the fixture restored after the one-year break created by a Bruce Springsteen concert in Dublin in May 2016, which caused accommodation prices in the city to spiral out of the range that might be expected of the Liverpool visitors. We look forward to visiting them for the away fixture next year and to wresting back the trophy.
Some photos from the fixture are included above, including the moment when Dermot O'Brien, on behalf of Dublin South, presented the Cantor-Dowling Shield to the victorious Liverpool captain, Dave Keen.
The 2015 fixture for the Cantor-Dowling Shield was held at the Deva Bridge Club, Chester, in May 2015. Dublin South was represented by:
Open Team: Sean O'Lubaigh, Martin Brady, Heidi Lillis, Michael McGloughlin.
Ladies Team: Pat Ryan, Pat McMahon, Ann Fitzgerald, Mary Stanley.
Club Team: Cathy Bearpark, Dermot O'Brien, Steve Bearpark, Brendan Curran.
Officials Team: Rory Egan (Captain), Sheila Horkan, Perdita Quinlan, Seamus Dowling.
The match started poorly for the visiting team, who found themselves well adrift after the first session. Following a stern lecture from the Captain, the team regrouped to make up a good deal of the deficit in session two. This good performance was maintained into the third and final session, and Dublin South found themselves with a narrow lead with two rounds to go. This narrow lead evaporated on the second-last set, and, remarkably, going into the final round, after 275 boards had been played, the scores were dead level. Unfortunately, the final set was lost by a small margin, and Liverpool took a slim 10-9 lead in the cumulative standings.
Our thanks to the Merseyside & Cheshire Bridge Association for their very kind hospitality. The venue and administration were superb, the catering prepared by the wonderful Angie, ably assisted by her sister Heather, met with universal approval, and nothing was too much trouble for our hosts. We look forward to welcoming them to Dublin next year and to levelling the cumulative series.
Some photos from the fixture are included above, including the moment when Rory Egan, on behalf of Dublin South, presented the Cantor-Dowling Shield to the victorious Liverpool captain, Dave Keen.
At a meeting of the Dublin South Management Committee on 24 November 2014, the Committee prescribed the following as the future selection policy for the annual Liverpool fixture:
1. The Dublin South team shall be selected on a two-year cycle, beginning with the away fixture in 2015. The team captain shall be the Dublin South President, or in his/her absence, the Deputy President.
2. The Open Team shall be the leading Dublin South team in the Holmes-Wilson Trophy (provided they finish in the top 5 overall); otherwise the leading Dublin South team in the Geraldine Trophy (again provided they finish in the top 5).
3. The Ladies Team shall be the leading Dublin South team in the McMenamin Bowl (provided they finish in the top 5 overall); otherwise the leading Dublin South ladies team in the Holmes-Wilson Trophy (again provided they finish in the top 5).
4. The Club Team shall be the leading Dublin South pairs from the Davidson Cup (provided they finish in the top 10); otherwise the leading pairs from the Quin Cup (provided they finish in the top 5).
5. The Officials Team shall be made up of members of the Dublin South Region Management Committee, according to the selection of the team captain.
One substitute may be provided, subject to the approval of the team captain, to take account of an ineligible player on an otherwise-qualifying team, and up to two substitutes may be provided, again subject to the captain's approval, to cater for unavailability. For the Club team, individual players from qualifying pairs may be mixed to cater for unavailability, subject to the captain's approval.
If this process fails to supply the requisite teams, then the selection shall be at the discretion of the team captain. Where players, pairs, or teams are unavailable from the first year of the selection cycle to the second, they shall be replaced insofar as possible by reference to the above selection process.