International Footballers take the Bragging Rights Once Again and Lead the Cricketers 7-3 in the Series

Authors: John Morris and Warren Rumsey

Vale Do Lobo, Portugal once again hosted the annual International Footballers versus International Cricketers Golf Challenge this month. 

Celebrating its 10th anniversary Alan Shearer, captain of the Footballers, gratefully received the trophy from Graeme Swann, the Cricketers captain, at the presentation evening held last Friday at the Dona Filipa Hotel.

Former England internationals and partners in ML Leisure the organisers, John Morris (Vin-X Ambassador) and Robert Lee, former England and Newcastle United, invited Vin-X to part-sponsor the tournament, which we were delighted to do, providing Chateau La Dame de Montrose 2010 for longest drive and nearest the pin prizes each day.

A fabulous annual event that brings together 10 former international cricketers and 10 former international footballers, along with 60 guests, to do battle around the Ocean and Royal courses of Vale Do Lobo and the fantastic San Lorenzo.

Unfortunately, Gladstone Small (Vin-X Ambassador), Phil DeFreitas, Steve Harmison, Mark Butcher and their colleagues couldn’t quite wrestle the initiative from Iain Dowie, Paul Walsh, Lee Bowyer, David Hirst and friends. 

Each day an international sportsman captains a team of guests who have their own competition running alongside the celebrity challenge.  Graeme and Alan congratulate Deano, Neil and Russ of Team Moye, this year’s champions.

The final award was made to the individual celebrity who achieves the highest number of points over 3 rounds.  Having had to settle with runners up place to Essex and England’s Ronni Irani last year it was Northern Irish legend, Iain Dowie, who finished top of the pile just edging Aston Villa’s Lee Hendrie into second place  (pictured receiving his spoils from the skippers).

Vin-X CEO, Peter Shakeshaft commented “Having supported the tournament with Chateau Beychevelle 2010 last year, we were delighted to be involved in this superb event again, with wine from Chateau Montrose, and we very much look forward to renewing our relationship with the tournament and its guests for the third time in September 2017.”

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Chateau La Dame de Montrose 2010 is one of the best second wines and possibly the best since the superb 1990.  An opulent and substantively textured wine, it shares more in common with a flamboyant, exuberant year such as 2009 than most of the 2010’s. Dense purple, its oodles of fruit, luxurious mouthfeel and terrific finish make it a sleeper of the vintage.  It’s a wine to buy in abundant quantities and drink over the next 10 to 15 years.  Wine maker Jean Delmas remains a consultant at Montrose and he believes this 2010 vintage to be one of the all-time great wines ever produced at this estate, equalling or exceeding the quality of the 1929, 1945, 1959, 1961, 1989, 1990 or 2009.   Robert Parker, Wine Advocate Feb 2013