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02 Jan 2014 7:39AM (Tournament); 14 Readers
This morning is heavily overcast, about 15 degrees, and forecast for some rain. As I walked in there were a few spots. Everyone is in their routines now and United Croquet Club very well organised. This year court 7 is the old bowling green, adjacent to the clubhouse, only forty yards from court 5, and much better than the last MacRob, 13 years ago, when court 7 was a couple of tennis courts several hundred yards away.
Stephen and Ian are now warming up, while the TR and three other referees gather around and repair a small hole near the East boundary.
02 Jan 2014 7:50AM (Tournament); 17 Readers
Ian Dumergue Won the toss and chose to go first. Red and Yellow
1. R to E bdry, 9 yards N of IV
02 Jan 2014 8:19AM (Tournament); 29 Readers
8. U rushes K to 4 yards S of 1, croquets K to 5 yards S of 2, hits Y, sends it to near 4 and rushes R to a yard ENE of 1. Takes off to 2 foot position and sticks in the hoop.
02 Jan 2014 8:24AM (Tournament); 25 Readers
But he approaches 3 to a close position (difficult to see from here) and bounces off.
02 Jan 2014 9:04AM (Tournament); 35 Readers
He makes 1 off K, rushes K to S of 4 and plays a courageous croquet stroke to send K 3 yards NE of 4 and get behind R. U goes to within 2 inches of the boundary but has a good rush. He has a break, but sticks in 3 with R only 4 feet away.
02 Jan 2014 9:14AM (Tournament); 39 Readers
After 2b he has Y near the peg and rushes K near it so that he has to call the referee to watch as he takes off to his pioneer at 3b. He makes 3b and sets his leave, U peg high and 4 yards from the E bdry, K wired from U about a foot from the peg, with his balls peg-high on the W bdry. Y has a rush towards the peg.
02 Jan 2014 9:40AM (Tournament); 52 Readers
At 2b his pioneer, K, was in the jaws. He was able to roquet it gently, watched by a referee, and then needed some grass clippings to set his ball for the croquet stroke. He goes to the peg and his leave is: Y 3 yards E and 14 yards S of II, R almost touching the peg, wired from Y, K on the E bdry with a 1 yard rush on U towards the peg.
First game to England
02 Jan 2014 10:19AM (Tournament); 62 Readers
1. R (Stephen) to E bdry.
02 Jan 2014 10:59AM (Tournament); 66 Readers
He leaves Y about two feet from 2, wired from B baulk, obviously intending to finish his break at 4b. At 2b he has an angled shot from about 4 inches and, watched by the referee, sticks in the hoop.
02 Jan 2014 11:12AM (Tournament); 65 Readers
He sends both U and K to 3b, makes 2b off Y, sends Y to the peg, sends K towards the peg and is hampered after 3b. The referee is called and he sets up for a sweep shot. He copes and sets
his leave: U near the W bdry, K at the peg, only partly wired from U and his balls on the E bdry with a rush to the peg.
02 Jan 2014 11:37AM (Tournament); 57 Readers
He takes the break to the peg. K is sent to the W bdry and U is left by the peg, not wired from K. R is left on the E bdry, 7 yards N of IV with Y also on the bdry, 3 yards North.
02 Jan 2014 11:46AM (Tournament); 53 Readers
10. No lift is taken and U shoots at R from near the peg. Hits! (13 yards). R is up 4 yards from the E bdry and 1 yard N of 4. Y is rushed to the end of B baulk. He takes off to K and gets a 2 yard angled rush which he sends to 5 yards NW of 2b, his hoop. The approach is not good and he leaves U on the S bdry, 2 yards from K with a rush to 2b.
England, Stephen Mulliner, wins Game 2 and the match, 2 - 0.
02 Jan 2014 12:20PM (Tournament); 58 Readers
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