Ireland off to winning ways at European team championships


Ireland got off to a good start at the European bridge teams championships at Citywest in Dublin yesterday, winning the first two matches in the open competition.

John Carroll and Tommy Garvey joined FitzGibbon and Mesbur for the second-round match against Ukraine, and after an uneventful first half the Irish quartet pulled away to win impressively 22-8. Their total of 38 points puts them in fifth place in the group behind Sweden, who had two maximum scores of 25 against Scotland and Greece.