Amelia Island – November 10, 2017

A few notes about the tournament:
On the first day, Saturday, each team plays five games against randomly selected teams including all the great French teams.  Your team’s performance in those five games determines your ranking at the start of day two, Sunday.

The Plemons team (Terry and son) had three wins, two easy and one tough.  The two losses were against a very good Vietnam team and against the French team of Messonnier & Leboursdicaud.

On Sunday morning four of the Austin teams were ranked 74, 77, 82, and 91, out of a total 0f 176 teams. The first three were in the Consolante A bracket.  The best performance of the Austin teams was the Thierry/Jacques team who made it to the semifinals and lost 9-8 to a very good team (the same team that knocked out the Plemons team in the first round).

The Kathy/Gary Ragan team in the Consolante D bracket got to the finals and was beaten by an apparent “ringer” team with an outstanding shooter and excellent pointer who should have been in a much higher bracket.  Suspicious?  Yeah.

During the awards ceremony the Thierry/Jacques and the Kathy/Gary teams were recognized and each team member won $50.

Another proud moment for Texas:  Michelle Healey (San Antonio), Jean Marie Browning (Dallas) and their third partner (?) on Friday won the Women’s National title game and will represent the United States next year.

We watched some really great quarter finals, semifinals and finals matches. Outstanding seats right next to the courts. Sometimes you are just a few feet from the cochonnet or the players themselves.  Does not get any better.  On Friday we saw an exhibition triplets match with the team that beat the Walt/Amine team in New York. You may remember that team included Jean Pierre and the father-son combo (13 year old kid).

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