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06 Jan 2014 8:04AM (Tournament); 16 Readers
Surprise surprise.. he's hit! Only half ball to be fair though ha.
06 Jan 2014 8:06AM (Tournament); 18 Readers
Fletcher makes h1, has a southwards rush and will be rolling to h3 going to c2 from 3y SW of h1
06 Jan 2014 8:08AM (Tournament); 17 Readers
Good roll out out c2, good hoop an will be round
06 Jan 2014 8:15AM (Tournament); 22 Readers
Grovels through H3.. is hampered, how bad is it? Referee is on the lawn.. reception ball is 4y NNE shouldnt be a problem though.. snicks it!
06 Jan 2014 8:16AM (Tournament); 24 Readers
No problems.. currently approaching 1b. Making the lawns look very easy
06 Jan 2014 8:26AM (Tournament); 20 Readers
What is fletchers leave going to be?
06 Jan 2014 8:29AM (Tournament); 23 Readers
It's looking very white an green out on the lawns at the moment. Australia on all 3 courts
06 Jan 2014 8:30AM (Tournament); 26 Readers
Grovels through 3b... hasn'tt got much of a leave set up yet..
06 Jan 2014 8:32AM (Tournament); 25 Readers
Its going to be a spread with Clarke at the WB and Paddy at the Peg
06 Jan 2014 8:33AM (Tournament); 26 Readers
First ball to 4b by 9.30 an O'eary was close on l6 but failed 3b by the looks of things. Toby in play now on l6
06 Jan 2014 8:36AM (Tournament); 28 Readers
Paddy shooting from the Peg.... Hits. Chris just informs me it was a ball an a half with B an K completely open as well
06 Jan 2014 8:37AM (Tournament); 32 Readers
Paddy has made 1 an just good a hoop an roquet at h2.. h3 pioneer 4.5yN of h3 so still needs a good shot here...
06 Jan 2014 8:42AM (Tournament); 32 Readers
Good shot.. but Paddy fails 18inch h3 to a nasty Position.. don't think he can run the hoop.
06 Jan 2014 8:45AM (Tournament); 29 Readers
Forster falls short of ball on NW side of h3.. rushes B up.. plays a promotion.. Has a 1ft rush pointing at h4.. cures to SB level with 5. Tough approach
06 Jan 2014 8:47AM (Tournament); 27 Readers
Forster fails to approach h1 again after Champman cornered
06 Jan 2014 9:08AM (Tournament); 38 Readers
Chapman misses something.. I think a roquet trying to get a 4 ball break out early.. clip goes on h5
06 Jan 2014 9:14AM (Tournament); 42 Readers
Clarkey hits the 21 yarder.. heads to r an y, rushs y to 2y SE of 1
06 Jan 2014 9:16AM (Tournament); 39 Readers
Good approach.. grovels through h1..
06 Jan 2014 9:19AM (Tournament); 40 Readers
Up to h6.. still in control..
06 Jan 2014 9:27AM (Tournament); 45 Readers
Round to 4b. Leave is;
Forster 2y N of h5
Forster shoots from where he lies into c4.. hits.. Digs k out of the corner a bit, gets a rush on B to y.. rushes to 6y S of 5.. approaches and has a 2y 25 degree h1... ugh oh, on his way to h1 stops and limps. hope he's ok! Has a quick breather and carriers on. Looks ok. Fails h1 but stays in the jaws.. don't often fail from that distance to there.
06 Jan 2014 9:41AM (Tournament); 48 Readers
Chapman misses a 20 yarder.. Forster makes h1 an as a leave..
06 Jan 2014 9:48AM (Tournament); 50 Readers
Swing looked ok.. nope... misses to SB.
Fails 2 from 2ft straight
06 Jan 2014 9:56AM (Tournament); 49 Readers
Chapman hits 10 yarder.. couple of very good shots an a good h5 an should be away now
06 Jan 2014 9:57AM (Tournament); 50 Readers
The crowd has quadrupled doday.. we now have about a dozen club members along with a few names you might recognise; Prince, Murfitt, Steve Jones, Mike Crashey Jim Wardle John Versey and Josh Smith (commentating lawn 6). I've just gone in for a feed an the sausage rolls/mince pies/pickelets with cream and jeam have been gulfed down by myself to no complaints. Kapai (good job) Marewa catering team!
06 Jan 2014 10:02AM (Tournament); 49 Readers
Chapman on a break to the peg.. bit of trouble at 1b which needs a referee but no problems
06 Jan 2014 10:05AM (Tournament); 48 Readers
tough 2b.. 25 degrees.. cleanly through to the SB. Good shot
06 Jan 2014 10:06AM (Tournament); 48 Readers
Approaching 3b from 8 inches.. looks like thats fallen down a hill. By the angle he's lining it up at this must be close to 40 degrees. Is it even runnable?
06 Jan 2014 10:09AM (Tournament); 52 Readers
Goes in for the jump. Good looking shot but finishes in the jaws. Luckily (for NZ) it is fletchers 4b ball with b an k down by 3b with forsters h3 ball down at 4b
06 Jan 2014 10:10AM (Tournament); 53 Readers
3b an 4b (NZ) vs 4b an 2
06 Jan 2014 10:11AM (Tournament); 52 Readers
Fletcher plays an is making 4b with a pioneer at penult an the 3b ball still in 3b
06 Jan 2014 10:14AM (Tournament); 49 Readers
Fletcher playing Y.. after 4b sends r to the peg going to B (4b) at penult.. he wil be stopping at rover. What will his leave be? Poor rush to penult and this is the first time this test I have seen him playing a backwards takeoff.. tough shot here.. 2y south and not quite directly behind
06 Jan 2014 10:17AM (Tournament); 53 Readers
Takes off.. bobbles into the jaws? or is it on the wire? may not be able to scatter B which would give clarke a 4y southwards rush on R with the possibility of rush peeling K through 3b on his way to 4b.. somehow I don't think he will ahve that option at the end of the shot
06 Jan 2014 10:18AM (Tournament); 55 Readers
Retires to EB inbetween 6 an peg.. what will the kiwis do?
06 Jan 2014 10:20AM (Tournament); 54 Readers
Clarke plays.. rushes r just out of c1, rush peels 3b.. doesn't go through cleanly. croquets it to 1yN of 4b going to y. Sends y to 2yE of h2 and gives himself a rush on K to 4b. I'm thinking he wanted y much further W?
06 Jan 2014 10:24AM (Tournament); 58 Readers
yeap, fletcher middled it!
06 Jan 2014 10:25AM (Tournament); 59 Readers
He's for penult, will we see him on the peg with a crosswire sometime? I hate trying to guess what these top guns are trying to do since my level of understanding is so minimal compared to them.
06 Jan 2014 10:26AM (Tournament); 57 Readers
Fletcher playing Y.. croquets K to 3y off NB level with 6 has a rush to penult... thinking about it..
06 Jan 2014 10:27AM (Tournament); 55 Readers
Makes penult.. he was going for a crosswire at h2 but didn't want to position the ball having to go accross the rushline after the 2nd rush falls short.
06 Jan 2014 10:35AM (Tournament); 63 Readers
Clarke shoots at K from h2... looks on... nope
06 Jan 2014 10:35AM (Tournament); 64 Readers
Misses to 1yN of c4
06 Jan 2014 10:36AM (Tournament); 64 Readers
Forster hits his 2 yarder, takes off to b near c4.. is it going out...? Nope, perfect weight pulls up 1y short
06 Jan 2014 10:37AM (Tournament); 62 Readers
Big croquet stroke coming up here... good h3 pioneer... r has gone to far an roquets K.. big approach
06 Jan 2014 10:38AM (Tournament); 60 Readers
Bloody good effort!!! 1y 15 degree hoop with K just off the yardline.. will he take it on?
06 Jan 2014 10:39AM (Tournament); 65 Readers
Looks like he's taking it on..
06 Jan 2014 10:42AM (Tournament); 63 Readers
Nope, change of plans, retires to c1 giving him a 1y northwards rush
06 Jan 2014 10:42AM (Tournament); 64 Readers
Lachy Hughes has just arrived.. young fella from Wanganui. Watch his name over the next 5 years along with Tony Stevens. Great to have more kiwi supporters here
06 Jan 2014 10:43AM (Tournament); 65 Readers
Chapman goes to c4
06 Jan 2014 10:45AM (Tournament); 66 Readers
Forster rushes to 5y SW of h6.. approaching h2 from there
06 Jan 2014 10:46AM (Tournament); 66 Readers
lands in an idential place to last time, fails the hoop to 7yW of 2. Is it open on b?
06 Jan 2014 10:46AM (Tournament); 68 Readers
Clarke has a 10 yarder on R.. misses
06 Jan 2014 10:47AM (Tournament); 68 Readers
Forster hits the 8 yarder on the NB, takes off to Clarkes B on WB.. sends that to 3 going to take position at 2..over approaches.. retires to sb having a 3y rush on Y to middle of EB. Clarke moves the ball at 3 an goes to the middle of the SB - remember Chapman is still in c4
06 Jan 2014 10:51AM (Tournament); 64 Readers
Forster plays some really good shots, all the hard work done but over approaches h5. Clarkey misses a 16 yarder at partner on the WB peg hig. Fletcher is in front of 5 an Forster on the NB,
06 Jan 2014 11:07AM (Tournament); 63 Readers
Having a leave.. K near the NB by H2.. B on the WB peg high.. Im fairly confident wired from K.. R an Y laying up in c4 with a rush to h5
06 Jan 2014 11:13AM (Tournament); 69 Readers
Kiwis walk on to decide what to do.. both have their mallets with them
06 Jan 2014 11:14AM (Tournament); 67 Readers
Chris takes the shot... this one looks better.. holding his mallet up...
06 Jan 2014 11:15AM (Tournament); 67 Readers
Shakes his head.. hilled off?
Forster in play, 1ft rush to h5
06 Jan 2014 11:16AM (Tournament); 65 Readers
Good pickup from Forster, grovelled through a couple of hoops but a good turn. Straight rover peel, front ball no worries, back ball middles the outside wire but bounces back in front. No problems with the finish an AUS takes g1 26-18
06 Jan 2014 11:30AM (Tournament); 62 Readers
Players have breaked for lunch. on court 6 Toby has gone to rover with a defensive leave. Aaron on 4b along with O'Leary and Dumergue on 1b
06 Jan 2014 11:42AM (Tournament); 61 Readers
Fletcher hits EB ball, rolls that to 2 going to duffer, gets a rush on that to ball on the SB, really good approach to h1 an going round
06 Jan 2014 12:12PM (Tournament); 58 Readers
Misshits the rush to h3, take off from behind the hoop gives him a very tough h3, if he runs it shouldn't be a problem as reception ball is directly s of it, big shot, unlucky not to go into reception ball, hits 7 yarder at h4 off the sb, takes off back to reception ball at 3, big shot here getting a rush to 4.. for some reason I'm sure he will cope
06 Jan 2014 12:19PM (Tournament); 59 Readers
maybe its because he's quite good?
06 Jan 2014 12:19PM (Tournament); 58 Readers
Good shot, h5 pioneer is 1ft e of it an has a 1ft rush to h4
06 Jan 2014 12:20PM (Tournament); 56 Readers
overhits.. looks 1..5y S of 4? Not straight so can easily take off down the eastern side
06 Jan 2014 12:21PM (Tournament); 57 Readers
Rolled an wobbled... 18 inch 30 degrees
06 Jan 2014 12:21PM (Tournament); 55 Readers
Failed to 2y NE.
06 Jan 2014 12:22PM (Tournament); 55 Readers
Clarke walks on plaing Y an hits the 3 yarder, good croquet stroke loading h2 with a 2y rush to K on the sb with r
06 Jan 2014 12:23PM (Tournament); 55 Readers
A bit unlucky, gentle rush cannoned into K on SB but finished 1y apart so should be fine. Good rush to h1, approaching from 1.5y SSE
06 Jan 2014 12:24PM (Tournament); 54 Readers
Runs h1.. hits 4y return, should be fine now
06 Jan 2014 12:25PM (Tournament); 55 Readers
Round to 4b no worries, Forster standing in the middle of the lawn while Fletcher adjusting the line balls in c4.
06 Jan 2014 12:44PM (Tournament); 59 Readers
You'll never guess who's taking the lift ;)
06 Jan 2014 12:45PM (Tournament); 59 Readers
Head up to 2y E of the end of B baulk an shoots K.. middles it! Good take off to c4 but still a bit of work to do for a break
06 Jan 2014 12:47PM (Tournament); 55 Readers
Another really good pick, was just about to start discussing his leave with you, but he beat me to it an has stuck in 3b. Chapman (h1) is 2y S out him with the other two balls in lawn - K 2y e of the peg an Y 7yS of k
06 Jan 2014 1:08PM (Tournament); 54 Readers
Runs h1.. has a 6y return on k...
06 Jan 2014 1:09PM (Tournament); 53 Readers
No problems! On a nice tidy break now, currently up to h6
06 Jan 2014 1:20PM (Tournament); 52 Readers
Ugh oh - there is a clip on 3b!
06 Jan 2014 1:30PM (Tournament); 59 Readers
No worries, some good shots an has made 3b an 4b, making penult with no pioneer at rover intenionally. The clip will be on rover at the end of it with B (3b - Fletcher) in c2, K 5yw of the peg (Forster - h1) and R an Y tight in c4 with a northwards rush. Will Fletcher take the short shot an hits his x consecutive 13 yarder in a row?
06 Jan 2014 1:42PM (Tournament); 68 Readers
Nope, same shot again, Forster shooting from where he lies... missed by absolutely nothing I don't think he can believe it. However, another really good display of control. Something that has impressed me immensly with all of the players is there ability to control their emotions. I'm slowly getting better at it but hope that soon I can get to their levels of control!!
06 Jan 2014 1:44PM (Tournament); 67 Readers
Bit of discussion but Clarke decides to play, digs K out of the corner a bit, rushes up to 4b, 2 balls 4b penult an rover with partner, snicks the 6y return after rover.. never in doubt some would say? ;) After that, croquets R to max distance on EB going to K, croquets K to 2ft W of peg.. dont think its wired from EB ball. Leaves r a 2y rush to c2 -- I think that might be wired from Forster at the peg. Fletcher still in c2
06 Jan 2014 1:52PM (Tournament); 62 Readers
Very defensive shot, Forster goes to c3 an is shooting down the line... think the Kiwi's will be happy with that.
06 Jan 2014 1:54PM (Tournament); 63 Readers
Good approach to h1 after the rush finishes 4yS of it, has made h1,
06 Jan 2014 1:58PM (Tournament); 63 Readers
Forster is approaching h2 from the EB... good shot leaves 2ft straight hooop which he creams through. I think this could be the end of Chris for this game if he can get to the peg
06 Jan 2014 2:00PM (Tournament); 60 Readers
I went over to watch the exciting finish on lawn 6. Brilliant turn from Tim O'Leary to finish with 3 balls and take the game 26-25. Read Joshes commentary for more details.
Forster grovelled through 4.. referee called but no dramas.. grovelled through 6.. hampered and shoots at 1b pioneer.. misses
06 Jan 2014 2:19PM (Tournament); 69 Readers
Runs 2b, beautiful cut rush to 3b, under/over approaches then fails 3b. Come on Padster, you can finish mate
06 Jan 2014 2:21PM (Tournament); 64 Readers
Bit sweaty.. but Makes rover an has a leave, B 3y off the EB level with 5 (Fletcher), Forster is 2y off WB just N of h1, R an Y laid up with a rush to the peg in c2
06 Jan 2014 2:34PM (Tournament); 65 Readers
Fletcher taking the shot, shooting at K
06 Jan 2014 2:35PM (Tournament); 65 Readers
Liked it.. unlucky to miss that I think he was interested for a long time
Clarke walks onto the lawn... rushes to 4yW of the peg
06 Jan 2014 2:35PM (Tournament); 64 Readers
Chapman lining up the shot with Clarke on the other side, referee called onto the lawn
06 Jan 2014 2:38PM (Tournament); 68 Readers
Clarke playing B EB level with 5?
06 Jan 2014 2:53PM (Tournament); 59 Readers
Fletcher playing Y misses to c4. Good chance for Chapman here, you can do it bro!
06 Jan 2014 2:56PM (Tournament); 60 Readers
I do enjoy commentating, it is hard sometimes doing it on my own team so apologies if some of it appears far to biased!! Hope the readers are enjoying it
06 Jan 2014 3:01PM (Tournament); 56 Readers
Chapman fails h1
06 Jan 2014 3:03PM (Tournament); 57 Readers
I thought he made h1 to quickly!! JP an RM just asked me if I saw the shot - Forster overhit his approach to h1 from the SB, during the croquet stroke it went through h1 and gave him a rush up the boundary. The cheeky bugger! ;) Got to take everything you can get in this game though I suppose
06 Jan 2014 3:08PM (Tournament); 59 Readers
I guess that makes it one shot each to AUS an NZ like that actually - yesterday, Jenny ran h4, missed the 5y return, rejected out of 3b an hit the reception ball to make the roquet! Some good stuff going on
06 Jan 2014 3:09PM (Tournament); 62 Readers
Forster fails 6 from what appears to be nowhere - was a really nice turn up until hat point.
06 Jan 2014 3:14PM (Tournament); 63 Readers
Made h2.. looking in control
06 Jan 2014 3:16PM (Tournament); 61 Readers
06 Jan 2014 3:19PM (Tournament); 59 Readers
Making 2b.. still not clear what the leave will be. Im guessing Forster inlawn somewhere, an Fletcher on a boundary with Clarke an Chapman laid up in a corner
06 Jan 2014 3:27PM (Tournament); 53 Readers
Tough 3b hoop... fails it. Fletcher reception ball or forster has a 1 yard southwards rush near the peg on K
06 Jan 2014 3:29PM (Tournament); 53 Readers
Fletcher playing.. approaching h1 from 2y N
06 Jan 2014 3:32PM (Tournament); 49 Readers
Runs 1 down to 2.. roquets h2 pioneer off the NB level with 3
06 Jan 2014 3:35PM (Tournament); 50 Readers
Thick takeoff going to R, rushes R to K loads h3 getting an ok rush on K approaching 2 from 7y S of 2
06 Jan 2014 3:38PM (Tournament); 52 Readers
Great approach, has a 18inch hoop, creams it through
06 Jan 2014 3:39PM (Tournament); 52 Readers
Will be a tidy break from H3.. will let you know if anything interesting happens...
06 Jan 2014 3:41PM (Tournament); 51 Readers
06 Jan 2014 3:44PM (Tournament); 55 Readers
Runs h5, goes inbetween R, B an the peg before stopping 2ft S of his h6 pioneer.. rushes it N, takes off to reception ball at 5 loading 1b in the same shot. Gets a 2ft rush to 6..
06 Jan 2014 3:49PM (Tournament); 58 Readers
Copes no worries.. what will his leave be? Remembering Clarke is on 3b, Chapman on h1 an Forster on h6
06 Jan 2014 3:50PM (Tournament); 56 Readers
Fletcher was going for a horizontal spread. Went wrong so had to abort to c2. Clarke hit, rolled down to c1 an laid up for Chapman.
06 Jan 2014 4:10PM (Tournament); 59 Readers
He's made h1, rushed into c2 so will have a tight rush to h2. Approaching from 1ft E
06 Jan 2014 4:12PM (Tournament); 58 Readers
Chapman past h4 and after h5 should be in complete control
06 Jan 2014 4:20PM (Tournament); 59 Readers
5 yard return after h5...
06 Jan 2014 4:21PM (Tournament); 59 Readers
3/4's it. Thata boy
06 Jan 2014 4:22PM (Tournament); 61 Readers
If the break can continue i will suspect it will be similar to before where he will stop at Rover
06 Jan 2014 4:22PM (Tournament); 59 Readers
Commentators curse ;/ Fails h6.. Forster has a 6yarder for everything of Fletcher has a 3 yarder an can make a leave
06 Jan 2014 4:25PM (Tournament); 55 Readers
Both out on the lawn discussing
Fletcher plays. making a leave
06 Jan 2014 4:28PM (Tournament); 52 Readers
He is looking for a crosswire at h6.. hasn't got a good rush to where he wants to go for the second ball so will take a good cut. or is it a change of plans now?
06 Jan 2014 4:29PM (Tournament); 55 Readers
Change of plans. K is 3y NW of h6, B has been rushed to the NB an is going to be going well south.. finishes 5yW of h1 He hasn't got a rush to c4 which is where I think he wanted it? where will he go...
06 Jan 2014 4:31PM (Tournament); 53 Readers
Rolls off to c4.. I think Y is 2y E of the corner an R is N of the corner so doesn't have a rush to B near h1
06 Jan 2014 4:36PM (Tournament); 54 Readers
Clarke plays to EB peg high.
06 Jan 2014 4:44PM (Tournament); 55 Readers
Clarkey hits the 25 yarder.. great shot! leaves a ball at 4b and gets a rush to the other ball in lawn, will be going to penult or rover?
06 Jan 2014 4:47PM (Tournament); 54 Readers
Leave is a horizontal spread? Forster at the peg an Fletcher at WB
06 Jan 2014 4:59PM (Tournament); 60 Readers
Chapman rushes across, has made h6 with a hoop an roquet, not a great croquet stroke after 6.. 2b pioneer finishes 2y WSW of 2b an has a 3y rush pointing at h6.. good cut an approaching from 2ft E of 1b off partner
06 Jan 2014 5:00PM (Tournament); 57 Readers
1ft 1b.. played at a very gentle pace.. takes a lot of wire just goes through.. then bobbles to give him a cut rush towards eb
06 Jan 2014 5:03PM (Tournament); 61 Readers
Has made 4b and the rover ball is at rover...
06 Jan 2014 5:11PM (Tournament); 53 Readers
Currently approaching penult...
06 Jan 2014 5:12PM (Tournament); 53 Readers
Is through the danger hoop. Leaves yellow behind... red is the side ball.. 1ft rush on rover peele.. rushes to 3 inches 10 degrees?
06 Jan 2014 5:15PM (Tournament); 50 Readers
Calls Clarke onto the lawn...
06 Jan 2014 5:16PM (Tournament); 52 Readers
Peele is through.. back ball is jawsed.. 2.5 yarder pointing at c3
06 Jan 2014 5:18PM (Tournament); 52 Readers
on the escape ball* going to Y now to get a rush back to the ball which has been peeled
06 Jan 2014 5:18PM (Tournament); 51 Readers
Rushes y to 4y SW of b...
06 Jan 2014 5:19PM (Tournament); 53 Readers
Takes off gets a rush to the peg.. its pointing at c3..
06 Jan 2014 5:19PM (Tournament); 52 Readers
Cuts to 3yS of the peg
06 Jan 2014 5:19PM (Tournament); 54 Readers
Both out there lining up the peel
06 Jan 2014 5:20PM (Tournament); 55 Readers
Both happy with it...
06 Jan 2014 5:21PM (Tournament); 54 Readers
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