An important day for for both teams on Thursday. The Ladies knowing that winning convincingly could see them clinching gold for the 4th consecutive time. However they were also coming up against a strong Monaco team who had the same idea.
Likewise the men were facing a Monaco team equal on points after two days of the competition.
Niall Woodger and Claudia Mich went on for the first matches. Niall continued with his winning ways comfortably winning 3/0. It was not so easy for Claudia though as she was playing last years #1 rep for Monaco Violaine del Ponte and went 0/3. Francoise Donven who is playing exceptionally well in the 2nd position for Luxembourg, won 3/0 in a physically draining match against Laurence Vada. Sandra Denis was again ruthless in her match winning 3/0, this has ensured that the Women have collected gold for the forth consecutive time that is a massive milestone. However today their thoughts are solely on making this tournament a clean sweep, something they did not accomplish last year. This would put another feather in their cap. Daniel Hutchines finding it tougher this year in comparison to last which is evidence of better strength in the other teams fought well to win 3/0. Slight unfortunate for Monaco who strained his groin after leading Neal Raval 1/0 – Therefore Monaco would win the tie on 3/1. The benefit for Luxembourg that Neal is fresh for Iceland tomorrow. Stephane turned in a great performance after his two initial losses and won 3/1. It would not all go Luxembourg’s way however when Sanjay was outplayed by Christian Boullion 3/0.
So while we lead the way in the Men’s competition, a victory against Iceland is a necessity as Cyprus will undoubtedly put pressure on us by a win over Liechtenstein.