The Armstrong is coming to an exciting finish. The A team, who lead the league, managed a 6.5-1.5 win over Celbridge (5 wins, 3 draws, no loss). This result helps the B team directly too, so was quite important. Celbridge had to play a weakened team, especially on the lower boards. But that’s a brilliant result nevertheless, we were delighted with the overall result. The latest table shows how close things are for top spot. Gonzaga still have a game in hand, so could rise to within 3 points. Phibsboro travel to Kilkenny on Saturday for an important, but tricky, trip. They’d have to score highly to stay in the reckoning. But even a 4-4 result for them means they retain chances, particularly since they host the A team next.
Looking at the B team’s recent run of form is interesting. They’ve managed 3 match wins from their last 4 and have 4 wins, 1 draw, and 1 narrow loss from their last 6 matches. Of course, they must play Kilkenny and then Phibsboro in their last two matches. But I cannot help thinking that they are better than a bottom-two placing.
On a more individual note, the league website (which, by the way, is a masterpiece of concise and well-placed information!) shows player scores. Rathmines A have several players near the top, with Darren and Killian hunting for board prizes, while Leon needs to win his remaining two games to claim a prize too. Sam and Mel are both on 6 (Mel is 6/9, Sam 6/8).
For the B team, David’s 5 wins in a row have propelled him up the table, with Tony Bermingham not far behind.