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Under 9 Team event: Berks, Oxon, Bucks, Barnet Saturday, February 09
Jim Wadsworth writes:

The under 9 team's final friendly match of the 2007-8 season was also its most challenging, facing more or less the same Buckinghamshire team that had comprehensively beaten us in January, perennial local rivals Oxfordshire and last year's EPSCA national under 9 champions, Barnet.

In what seemed like an ominous start to the afternoon, we lost to Oxon by 8 games to 4 on the main boards. However the team rallied magnificently to defeat both Bucks and Barnet in the succeeding rounds. The win in the match against Barnet was only secured thanks to a draw via perpetual check cunningly executed by Tom Vandersluis when he was a whole queen down!

Despite winning two out of three of our head to head matches against other teams, we had lost too much ground in terms of points scored in the first round; in the end Berkshire finished in 3rd place. Honours in the overall event went to Oxfordshire, with Barnet as runners up. Meanwhile the Berkshire reserve team once again shone, comfortably winning that competition with 8 points from a possible 12.

Particular congratulations to Hugh Bannister, Alexis Gritsanchouk and Dominic Haederle, all of whom scored 100%. Many thanks are due to Compton Primary School - an excellent and most welcoming venue.

We now look forward to the EPSCA zonal competition with confidence - the big improvement in results against Bucks reflects the benefits of more experience, and especially of playing more slowly and carefully. The EPSCA zonal event takes place on 8th March, in High Wycombe; at it we will face all of the counties we have played friendlies against, as well as a whole host more. Between now and then we have our final "tune up" training session in the morning of Saturday 1st March - look forward to seeing everyone there. In the meantime: keep practising!

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