immed but not damned
After almost two years away from competition and less than a month before her confirmed participation in the MIS0th, all eyes were wide open to see how brightly Theresa Brousson would shine on her return.
In the end, while her finish in second place with five wins out of seven games in the Freedom Day One-Day Tournament, just a handful of spread points behind winner Moira Fenech, did not dazzle, it nevertheless was a lucid signal that the ten time National Champion and former English Open Champion has all it takes to quickly get back to the very top of her game.
Former National Champion Sammy Mangion displayed some fine form to place third on the same number of wins as Brousson and climb further up the National Player Rating List. Also on five wins finished Mario Seychell who thus won the Ratings Prize in Section A.
Pauline Cilia got the better of her opponents to win Section B with six wins, one more than a buoyant Kevin Pirotta, who also played the highest non-bingo of the day, and Dominic Borg in third.
Brousson will have a golden opportunity to show more of her past splendour when she plays in the MIS0th, due to unfold between 28 April and 4 May. The background against which she will try to do this is set to be a lot brighter thanks to a glittering field of international players, such as Evan Berofsky of Canada, defending Main Event champion David Webb of England, and Piotr Andronowski of Scotland, who will try to outshine each other for at least one of the three MIS0th titles that will be up for grabs.
All through this battle of brilliance the bright blue Mediterranean sea and sky will flood the playing hall on the tenth floor of the be.Hotel in St Julian's, warming the hearts of winners and losers alike.
(penned and published by Nicky Vella Laurenti)