On a day when two women made it to the final of the Rosenblum Cup for the first time - one of them on a furious fourth-quarter rally - the winners of the McConnell Cup final had to overcome a big deficit after the opening set to triumph in grand style.
The McConnell winners are Carlyn Steiner, Marinesa Letizia, Janice Seamon-Molson, Tobi Sokolow (USA) and Tatiana Ponomareva and Victoria Gromova (Russia). They fell behind to the American team captained by Hansa Narasimhan 50-8 before hitting their stride, eventually winning by a big margin.
In the Rosenblum semi-finals, one match featured Americans Roy Welland and Rose Meltzer (the first woman to win the Bermuda Bowl - in 2001). It was not close. Meltzer posted a 61-0 second quarter and won going away.
Welland's wife, Christal Henner-Welland, is captain of a USA-Sweden sextet. They trailed the Yadlin squad 102-68 heading into the final quarter of their semi-final match, and Yadlin added 5 IMPs on the first board of the set.
From there, it was all Henner as they scored 45 IMPs to none for Yadlin, taking the lead on the penultimate board to win by 6 IMPs.
While the knockouts drew most of the attention, the pairs events – Open, Women's, Seniors and IMP – are in full swing. The Open and Women's pairs are in the semi-final stages with some players from the knockouts eligible to drop in.