Bodley Cup Match v’s Bray Greystones A

Bodley Table as of 26th feb below

Team                           Played          Pts               Still to play

Balbrigan…………………… 7……….22.5       BrayB/ BenB

Rathmines Juniors………..6……….. 17        Cavan/ Naomh Barrog

St Benildus B………………. 6………..16 .5      Balbriggan/ Cavan

Inchicore…………………..6…………. 15        BrayA/BenA

Bray  Greystones A ………6…………14          Naomh Barrog / Inchicore

Naomh Barrog……………..6………. 15            Bray A/ Rath

Cavan……………………….. 5………..16           Rath/ BrayB/ Ben b

St Benildus A……………….6…………12.5       Inch/ Bray B

Bray Greystones…………. 6…………6.5       Bal/ Cavan/ Ben A

 

by Nick Scallan

Jobstown have pulled out of the Bodley.   All results against them will be annulled, and all points gained will be lost and the target for a board prize is now 6/8 instead of 7/9 .   The games will still count for rating purposes.

The new updated points table below puts us in first place, but still awaiting results from games played last week and today. As soon as I hear any news I will update it.

The ongoing adventure of the Rathmines Juniors first season in the adult Leinster leagues continued on Saturday, when the team came up against a very experienced Bray/Greystones A squad. Moral within the team was good after our recent victories over Ballbriggan and St Benildus A, and the team were hoping to record our first home win of the season.

The team lined out with one change from the St Benildus match, with a line up of Scott Mulligan, Fiachra Scallan, Michael Higgins, Liam Coman and Philip French.

The early exchanges were not going Rathmines way, and our hopes took a setback when Philips match on board 5 was first to finish. Philip had a strong attack going, and was putting strong pressure on the opponents king, when he got caught with a sucker punch, counter attack mate. We were One Nil down, and things were not going our way on the other boards. Michaels opponent had worked a rook advantage, Liam was a rook for a bishop behind, and both Scott and Fiachra were in very technical positions against highly rated opponents…

But slowly but surely the tide began to turn. Word came from the room that Michael had won back the rook, and then Liam worked his way into a strong advantage capturing his opponents bishop and rook on board 4. His opponent pushed his F pawn  trying for a Queen pawn mate, but Liam expertly got in behind for the win, before his opponent could finish off his attack. One all and we were back in the match.

Next up Fiachra on board 2 had worked an advantage. He pinned his opponents rook, and then followed up with a decisive bishop rook attack to force a mate. Suddenly after and hour and a half we were 2-1 up, and we had also worked advantages on the other boards.

Michael went into the endgame with rook, minor piece and 6 pawns to rook minor piece and 5 pawns, whilst Scott was also a pawn ahead. Michael played a great endgame to promote his pawn first, and secure victory to bring the Score to 3:1 after a long 2 hour battle against the Bray captain.

It was now down to team captain Scott on Board 1. After a 2 ½ hour epic battle, Scott converted a Knight and 5 pawns to Knight and 3 pawns endgame to a fourth victory on a great afternoon for the team.

Afterwards the shocked Bray team were very complementary to how well and composed the team played in a series of very tense matches.

The Result now sees the team up to third in the table with 3 games remaining

 


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