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This morning we have 6/8 cloud but mostly sunny, with a gentle breeze. Temperature is about 18 degrees but will warm up quickly.
There are three singles starting now and I will be able to comment on only the two on courts 5 and 6 as Malcolm Fletcher v Jeff Soo is on court 1.
Tim O'Leary v Jim Basty
Ian Dumergue v Danny Huneycutt
12 Jan 2014 8:25AM (Tournament); 40 Readers
T O'L v JB. This match is on Court 5.
ID v DH. This match is on Court 6.
12 Jan 2014 8:41AM (Tournament); 49 Readers
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12 Jan 2014 9:06AM (Tournament); 64 Readers
On court 1 Malcolm Fletcher is playing Jeff Soo. I am told that Jeff won the first game 26tp - 0.
12 Jan 2014 9:31AM (Tournament); 77 Readers
The day has become overcast but now probably 20 degrees and fine.
12 Jan 2014 10:01AM (Tournament); 80 Readers
12 Jan 2014 10:21AM (Tournament); 87 Readers
One game each.
12 Jan 2014 10:35AM (Tournament); 87 Readers
22 (continued). Takes off to K, sends K to .2 and rushes U to S bdry 12 y E of I. Approaches 1 to a yard at an angle and runs through to 8 y S of 2. Turns and hits U (10y) and has a break. He mis- approaches 2 and bounces off by 4y to behind him.
Court 5 has started game 3 while I was distracted.
12 Jan 2014 11:15AM (Tournament); 83 Readers
First game to US.
12 Jan 2014 11:40AM (Tournament); 68 Readers
I am told that Jeff Soo won the second game against Malcolm Fletcher.
Court 6 has gone to lunch.
12 Jan 2014 11:50AM (Tournament); 68 Readers
Australia wins, 2 games to 1.
12 Jan 2014 12:01PM (Tournament); 67 Readers
12 Jan 2014 1:10PM (Tournament); 55 Readers
Court 3. Ken makes penult and sticks in rover. Rich hits the ball in the hoop and has all the balls in the middle.
12 Jan 2014 1:18PM (Tournament); 50 Readers
Court 3. Rich goes to 4b and makes a diagonal spread leave. Ken takes the long lift shot and hits Y to IV. He must have finished as the referees are re-setting the hoops.
12 Jan 2014 1:37PM (Tournament); 60 Readers
US wins, 2 - nil.
12 Jan 2014 2:06PM (Tournament); 65 Readers
5 (continued). He goes to 4b, puts Y too far N of 4, sends K to IV and U to II.
12 Jan 2014 2:23PM (Tournament); 63 Readers
8 (continued). He sets for the tpo on U, tries the first peel after 3 but the peelee goes to a position just off the wire, probably rush- peelable.
After 4 he takes U away from the hoop, abandons the tpo, continues a controlled break, leaves U near the wb after 1b, makes 2b and 3b, puts K 3 y E of the peg and leaves R near IV with a rush on Y to the peg. Two clips are now on 1 and two on 4b. They are even.
12 Jan 2014 2:49PM (Tournament); 64 Readers
9 (continued). K makes 4 and 5 and misses a short rush after 5. K is jawsed in 4b, R near 5, Y near 6 and K in III.
The breeze has become a gentle wind. The flags are flying well.
12 Jan 2014 3:15PM (Tournament); 64 Readers
13. U shoots at K, hits. The sun is out again, 5/8 cloud, difficult to see the screen. U has only three hoops to finish. He rushes Y to 4y S of 4b, approaches to 4 ft, smashes through, rushes Y to S bdry behind K, puts it to rover but fails to get good rush back to R which is 7y W of penult. He rushes it too the wb, peg high and gets only a cut rush to penult on R. He approaches and sticks in penult.
12 Jan 2014 3:33PM (Tournament); 59 Readers
On court 1 Robert Fletcher won his match 2 games to nil, unseen by me.
I have transferred to the balcony of the clubhouse, to watch Stephen Forster playing against Ben Rothman. They have each won a game and this is the third. They each have a clip on 4b, with BR's other clip on 1. SF is just finishing a break to the peg leaving a flattish diagonal spread.
Ben lifts the ball at the peg to III and shoots at K. It's almost a last chance. He misses by a foot to IV.
Today the singles went to Australia, 4 - 2, yesterday Australia won the doubles 2 - 1, so it is now 6 - 3 in Australia's favour.
NZ are hosting a barbecue this evening for the Aust and NZ players and officials.
Until tomorrow, goodbye!
12 Jan 2014 4:27PM (Tournament); 43 Readers
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