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Let the Games Begin – The USBF Women’s Team Trials

The Women’s team trials have begun and they have completed the first round robin with 7 of the 8 teams competing.  Today they are playing the second round robin.  I read the very amusing newsletter.  Here is a snippet from it.


Ten Things Only Women Understand:

10. Why it’s good to have five pairs of black shoes.

9. The difference between cream, ivory, and off-white.

8. Crying can be fun.


6. A salad, diet drink, and a hot fudge sundae make a balanced lunch.

5. Discovering a designer dress on the clearance rack can be considered a peak life experience.

4. The inaccuracy of every bathroom scale ever made.

3. A good man might be hard to find, but a good hairdresser is next to impossible.

2. Why a phone call between two women never lasts under ten minutes.




You can read the newsletter and follow the trials at

USBF Women’s Team Trials

I have just joined the crew of commentators on BBO and I will be commenting on some of the matches tomorrow.

Here is the Vugraph schedule for Monday and Tuesday – all times are Eastern Standard Time.  Add 3 hours if you are on the West Coast.

Monday, May 25:

Match 1 2:00 pm EST

Match 2 4:35 pm

Match 3 9:00 pm

Match 4 11:35 pm New York

Tuesday, May 26

Match 5 2:00 pm

Match 6 1:35 pm

Match 7 9:00 pm

Match 8 11:35 pm

I will be writing a daily report on the trials and writeups of some of the matches on the Blog.  Come and see me on BBO, all comments and heckling are of course welcome.

The Dinkin team has a bye to the semifinals.  All the other teams are playing a double round robin.  After Round Robin 1 the standings are:

5. Mancuso 85.91

7. Walsh 85.12

4. Radin 78.75

3. Glasson  73.85

6. Moss  63.01

2. Fireman 46.22

8. Boyd 44.14

The results for Boyd after Day 1 is probably no surprise since they were seeded last.  Fireman was seeded second though and surely are expected to come on strong.  They include

Phyllis Fireman, Janice Seamon-Molson, Jill Meyers, Shannon Cappelletti, Tobi Sokolow

The top three make it to the semifinals but there is still another complete day of play.

“Peaches” comments in the newsletter that she expects Fireman and Glasson to rally.  They did have to contend with the time zones, coming from the East Coast.  (Which reminds me that most of my team will have the same problem in Penticton in a few weeks.)

The USBF newsletter makes me wish we could have the same in the CBF trials.  Well this year a blog will have to do but maybe some of us can convince the CBF that an online newsletter is not expensive and would add a lot to our trials.  (Hey, maybe they are planning to do it and will surprise me?)

Don’t miss Stacy Jacobs blog from the event. Here is her Day 1 blog.


The top three in the round robin who will move on into the semifinals:

Mancuso who played strong from the beginning and ran away from the field almost a match and a half ahead of second.

In the end the rest of the teams were closely packed and just about any of them could have claimed a playoff spot.  Glasson and Moss narrowly edged out Fireman (sorry about that Chris – see the comment).

Congratulations to the winners and my sincere commiserations to the losers.  It was so close; believe me I have been there.

1 Comment

Chris HasneyMay 24th, 2009 at 11:19 pm

I have to root for Fireman at this point (not all teams had photos). They will have the best-looking winners’ photo. It’s not just that I like good looking women, it’s that young attractive winners would be good for the future health of the game. It is assumed that at this level all of them can play.

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