There is but one day left
for round-robin play in the Bermuda Bowl and Venice Cup, and
time is running out for some of the hopefuls.
The key word, however, is hope –
and that emotion is still running strong in several quarters.
With three rounds to go in both competitions,
a handful of teams are hanging around the eighth and final
qualifying spot, including USA II, whose woes continued on
Friday with three losses and a tie. They have plummeted from
second place to 12th, although they are still in contention,
only 8 Victory Points out of eighth place.
The story of the day was Bulgaria’s
sensational rise from 15th place to sixth with 88 out of a
possible 100 VPs. Bulgaria was four for four, winning convincingly
against New Zealand, Chinese Taipei, Indonesia and Bermuda.
Italy and USA I continue to set the pace in the Bermuda Bowl,
as Italy held a 13-VP edge over the Americans. The two teams
will face each other in round 21, possibly to determine the
leader of the round-robin.
In the Venice Cup, Germany, the defending
champions, finally came to life with two wins out of three,
including a 53-5 thrashing of Australia. The Germans moved
into seventh place after languishing out of the money for
most of the round-robin. They must maintain their momentum,
however, because Sweden and England are nipping at their heels.
The pace-setters in the Venice Cup are
USA II, followed closely by China and the Netherlands, who
won the championship in Bermuda in 2000. USA I is right behind
In the Senior Bowl, France regained the
lead by 1 VP over USA I with victories over Australia and
USA II, who ended the day in fourth place, right behind Israel.