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Internationals News

Allfrey team takes lead in Premier League

There are new leaders of Divisions 1 and 2 of the Premier League after the second weekend of matches. The Allfrey team and Dhondy team now lead their respective divisions, while the Gipson team stayed ahead in Division 3.

Aided by a large victory in the head-to-head match, the team of Alexander Allfrey, Mike Bell, Tony Forrester, David Gold, Graham Osborne & Andrew Robson overtook the Hinden team (Frances Hinden, Jeffrey Allerton, Michael Byrne, Kieran Dyke & Chris Jagger) and are now just under 4 VPs ahead. The De Botton team is in third place, a further 11 VPs behind.

As in Division 1, Division 2 saw the top two teams switch positions, with the Dhondy team (Heather Dhondy, Sally Brock, Brian Callaghan, Barry Myers, Franklin To) vaulting the Morris team and taking a lead of around 4 VPs. The Fawcett team is in third.

Paul Gipson, Alex Gipson, Sarah Bell, Alex Roberts & Graeme Robertson maintained their lead of around 3 VPs in Division 3, with the Igoe team in second, and the Gross team in third.

The final matches in all divisions will be played in Solihull on 4th & 5th November.

Catherine Draper becomes World Grand Master

Catherine Draper was one of the four players who, after last month's World Teams Championships in Lyon, became WBF Grand Masters. She is one of eight active English women to have reached this milestone.

She is pictured receiving her certificate of achievement from WBF President Gianarrigo Rona (photo credit: WBF).

England win silver medal in Venice Cup

England's Women have won the silver medal in the Venice Cup at the World Championships. This great result means that England's Women have won medals in the last three Venice Cups - the only country to do so since 2003 - and in seven of the last eight major World and European competitions. Congratulations to Sally Brock & Fiona Brown, Catherine Draper & Nicola Smith, and Sandra Penfold & Nevena Senior (with NPC Derek Patterson and Coach David Burn).

The final against China started well, but the tide turned in the second session, and after five sessions England were willing to concede defeat.

NPC's blog: Derek Patterson, NPC for the team, has been writing a blog during the championship, and you can read it here.

Quarterfinal v. Russia

Semifinal v. Sweden

Final v. China

107-206 (concession after 5 sessions)

For the results from the round robin phase, and session results from the knockout stages, click 'read more'.

USA2 was winners of the both the Bermuda Bowl and D'Orsi Bowl competitions.

Update: In the Transnational Teams which ran in parallel with the main events, the Percy team of Peter Crouch, David Gold, Andrew Robson, Anita Sinclair, Zia Mahmood (USA) & Marion Michielsen (Netherlands) (with Marshall Lewis of Croatia as NPC) finished in third place.

Entries open for European Open Team trials

The EBU will hold trials for pairs to represent the England Open Team in the 2018 European Team Championships.
The trials, scored by Ximps, will be held over 4 full days, 12th to 15th January 2018, at the Young Chelsea BC. The top two pairs will be selected for the team, plus Tony Forrester & Andrew Robson who have been pre-selected.
The number of pairs in the trials will be limited. Applications should be made to by 7th November 2017. Accepted pairs will be notified by 10th November. The cost of entry is £150 per player.