USA2 has won the Venice Cup: she beat in final England by 229-220,3. The champions: Hjordis Eythorsdottir, Jill Levin, Jill Meyers, Janice Seamon-Molson, Jenny Wolpert, Migry Zur-Campanile; non-playing captain: Sue Picus. England: Sally Brock, Fiona Brown, Heather Dhondy, Nevena Senior, Nicola Smith, Susan Stockdale; non-playing captain: Jeremy Dhondy; coach: David Burn.
USA2 is the team of Valerie Westheimer; it was her who led her team mates to the qualification in the trials, but after had to withdraw; Neapolitan Club congratulates with you too, Valerie.
The third place went to The Netherlands, who beat China 152-139. The Netherlands: Carla Arnolds, Marion Michielsen, Jet Pasman, Anneke Simons, Meike Wortel, Wietske Van Zwol. Non-playing captain: Alex Van Reenen; coach: Hans Kelder. China: Xuefeng Feng Yan Liu Liping Wang Wen Fei Wang Ru Yan Yu Zhang. Non-playing captain: Xiaofeng Wang; coach: Jihong Hu
This edition of Venice Cup was spotted by the exclusion of Israel and Jamaica. The former had problems with the visas and security; the latter was impeded to go because a wrong law of the World Bridge Federation (WBF). The wrong law has been lately amended, just in these days; in a further article we’ll deal with this matter. The exclusion of Israel, substantially for political issues, remain in all its gravity: the sport has to be for all, or it is not sport; the WBF or the Indonesian Government, or both, failed to accomplish this principle. The story has been told here: “The cases of Israel and Jamaica” (read the article >>).
Paolo Enrico Garrisi
[Picture is from Elisabeth van Ettinger’s album – NIB]