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Friday finals began at Font de sa Cala and the standard of play in this Grade 1 tournament really was quite amazing. Many of the finalists are using this as a warm up for the super seniors world veteran team and individual championships in Turkey beginning this week. Top players like Paul French of GB in the over 50s Alan Rasmussen the Great Dane and Norbert Hen of Germany all featured. Henn surprisingly was beaten by Alain Machinni a fantastic French player with every shot in the book and then some!

Leslie O´Halloran in the over 45 ladies final found the gusty conditions not to her liking and lost in 2 straight to the no. 1 seed from Belgium, but neverthelss a great effort justifying her no 2 seeding position and of course more ranking points.

My conqueror Spang lost in the final of the consolation event but played well.
After the finals it is time to relax down by the old harbour at Cala Ratjada. we meet Leslie O´Halloran and console her in her disappointment at losing the final. After a fine meal at a harbour quay restaurant we head towards a tapas fest where open air music is ongoing. A great band is playing all the songs -English of course, the language of world music, and a great atmosphere is experienced. We thre have a little impromtu dance in the marquee which must have caused some amusement as when we set off to go home people wanted to take our photograph thinking we we part of the cabaret!

 

From the sublime Font de sa Cala event we moved on to a Grade 5 event at Aguait just a kilometre away and run by Rafa Ruiz whom we know well. Here the standard is not so high but still not too easy to win in tricky conditions. Carole as is her wont amazed us all by easing her way into the semi final of the ladies singles taking out the no. 2 seed in the qtrs! I am in the qtrs and play on Monday morning. Tomorrow we have our 2nd round mixed and I have a 1st round mens doubles with a German guy. I am limping along with a hamstring problem but just having to get on with it as no time to rest.
As of now we are one month in Spain and enjoying the sunny weather. For the first time yesterday and today it was a little cooler and gusty winds. But tomorrow is expected to be back to settled sunshine.
Of course the big disappointment was the defeat of Ireland in the World rugby. I suppose the era of O´Driscoll,O´Connell, O´Gara and other O´s perhaps is over and time to rebuild. But O´Driscoll has been wonderful to watch.
Now we hope Wales fly the flag for the Northern Hemisphere.
Carole has her big singles tomorrow at 1pm and I am thinking she may zoom up the world ranking charts after this tournament. It is well within her capabilities to win the event.
So it is go Carole go!

Hasta luego!