The Republic of Ireland; captained by Dublin’s Frank Bailie, have won the two day APAT European Amateur Team Championship. Leading from the outset, the Irish held their nerve under tremendous pressure to run out comfortable winners in the end; repeating their European title win of 2009.
Bailie selected a very experienced team for the Championship; including 2010 UK Amateur Champion John Murray, Brendan Byrne, Ger Smyth & David Pilkington, and his reward was a heavy points return across all disciplines – No Limit Hold’em & Pot Limit Omaha Sit & Goes, Heads Up and Multi Table Tournament – on both days.
Entering the final stage, only five points separated the leading four countries with the medals and title still very much up for grabs. The Irish grabbed the initiative however, with three of their team going deep in the MTT; which Bailie himself finaled, to deliver Gold for the delighted Irish contingent.
England under the captaincy of Steve Redfern held off a strong challenge from Portugal and Italy to take silver, with the Italians taking Bronze at the death.
Italy’s Luigi Belleri and Portugal’s Nuna Andrade finished as the leading individual players.