A squad that fought its way out of Exeter's heavy traffic to visit Newton
Abbot emerged victorious to retain the Peter Rooke Cup.
Despite some late substitutions, the teams were roughly balanced with
Teignmouth looking stronger on the higher boards, so Exeter were looking
for points in the bottom half. In the event, the closing stages saw
Newton Abbot's lead on the lower boards overtaken by a couple of
last-minute wins for Exeter higher up the order.
Four games and no wins is so-so, but the blunder count was reassuringly
low, and I had a good attempt at winning a couple of games, including
the one against Helbig, who was the strongest player I faced. So,
progress of sorts.