The National Art Gallery recently hosted a collection of the famous Dutch Artist Vermeer earlier this year………..and tonight saw the unveiling of Blanchardstown’s own in Dutch artist Randolf Bruin. Returning to play for our struggling O’Hanlon team, Randolf set up a Masterly break in the centre, taking full advantage of a slight inaccuracy by the University’s top player to power his way to a very smooth win……see below. What a Performance on his return, and we are all delighted for him.
It would normally be the icing on the cake, but the O’Hanlon team followed in his example each in their own way.
First of all Mark turned up, gameless………..probably to get a free lift home and save on a bus fare! Mikhail started the ball rolling with a deep knight move which basically tore asunder all of his opponent’s defences. 1-0 to us and a great start as we try and climb off the bottom of the league. Piotr had to survive a frenetic start by ex-member Ian Fanning, to produce a classy Bishop sacrifice to enable defence to be turned into attack. The ensuring end-game saw both Rooks working together to bring matters to a close. 2-0 and not to the expected team.
Randolf made it three and this league’s habit of producing surprising results continues. All that was left was a huffing puffing Dinosaur who spoiled a very good position to equalise for his opponent, who decided not to be outdone and promptly hung a piece. With 2 games still to play, no one expected us to be leading our Nemesis over the past few years 4-0, weakened team et al; but we have Randolf’s moves on print to show that this is not a dream.
The A team were also in action against Rathmines in the Heidenfeld and were looking to stretch their lead at the top, latest score indicated that they were well on their way at 4-0 up.
A very good night for our Club.
Tonight, though, ……we salute our very own Vermeer.
Welcome back Randolf!!