## MacRobertson Shield

## Test 3 Day 3: Bryant vs Mulliner by Michael Wright

The players are having their 15 minute warmup

13 Jan 2014 11:46AM (Tournament); 34 Readers

The skies are 50% blue, but the wind has strengthened to a strong breeze. Flags are flapping in the wind.

13 Jan 2014 11:48AM (Tournament); 34 Readers

Mulliner plays Red to supershot position

13 Jan 2014 12:05PM (Tournament); 30 Readers

Bryant plays Blue to 2y NE of rover

13 Jan 2014 12:06PM (Tournament); 31 Readers

Mulliner shoots gently at Blue, hits and establishes 3bb with Yellow

13 Jan 2014 12:06PM (Tournament); 28 Readers

Mulliner goes to 4b in turn 3, and sets a leave:

13 Jan 2014 12:16PM (Tournament); 29 Readers

Bryant shoots from B baulk at Red - misses into IV

13 Jan 2014 12:19PM (Tournament); 33 Readers

Mulliner rushes B to Y, loads 2 and rushes Y to 1. Makes 1 with no rush, sends Y to 3 going to B at 2.

13 Jan 2014 12:22PM (Tournament); 30 Readers

Makes 3 off partner, but with K still in IV has no escape ball for the peel. Rushes Y to 2y W of K.

13 Jan 2014 12:25PM (Tournament); 33 Readers

Croquets Y 8y N, and loads 5 with K.

13 Jan 2014 12:26PM (Tournament); 33 Readers

Makes 4 and sets up for delayed triple. Blue is 1y S and 3.5y W of 4b, Y right at 4b

13 Jan 2014 12:29PM (Tournament); 35 Readers

No rush out of 5, so has to play split. Gets on wrong side of Y, and has to play it away from 4b.Croquets it into reception position for 6, but hits it too far and it stops SE of 6.

13 Jan 2014 12:30PM (Tournament); 34 Readers

Appears to have given up on the triple, unless he fancies a straight. Yellow is pioneer at 2b.

13 Jan 2014 12:32PM (Tournament); 35 Readers

After 2b, Yellow is sent to 4b. Makes 3b, and loads penult. Sends Blue NNE of 4b for promotion

13 Jan 2014 12:36PM (Tournament); 39 Readers

Does not get Y into peeling position, so just runs 4b

13 Jan 2014 12:36PM (Tournament); 42 Readers

Mulliner takes Red to the peg with no peels. He sets a diagonal spread with Blue 3y off the WB, Black at the peg, and Red/Yellow level with rover.

13 Jan 2014 12:42PM (Tournament); 45 Readers

Bryant contmplating the balls....lifts Black to the end of A baulk and takes the short lift.Misses.

13 Jan 2014 12:44PM (Tournament); 47 Readers

Mulliner rushes Black 4y N, and plays a croquet stroke putting it to rover. However, Yellow runs into Red!

13 Jan 2014 12:46PM (Tournament); 41 Readers

Takes off to Blue and manages to get a 3-yard rush to 4b. Hits it at the perfect angle, but it stops 4y SSW of 4b

13 Jan 2014 12:48PM (Tournament); 47 Readers

Approach shot leaves Y very close to the hoop, at an acute angle. An umpire is called.Slams the ball through the hoop cleanly.

13 Jan 2014 12:50PM (Tournament); 46 Readers

Rushes Blue to the EB 4y N of Red. Takes off to get the rush to penult - gets a good position but rushes to 5y NE of penult. Plays fantastic croquet stroke to get 12 inch position.

13 Jan 2014 12:53PM (Tournament); 40 Readers

Runs penult and rolls Red to 2y NNE of rover. Runs rover and pegs out to take game 1

13 Jan 2014 12:54PM (Tournament); 42 Readers

Game 2 starts with Bryant playing Black to the EB 1y N of rover

13 Jan 2014 1:05PM (Tournament); 45 Readers

Mulliner lays a short Duffer 4 feet S of penult

13 Jan 2014 1:05PM (Tournament); 41 Readers

Bryant hits the Duffer and croquets Yellow to 3y off the WB 1y S of penult. Lags back to Black leaving a rush to 5.

13 Jan 2014 1:07PM (Tournament); 41 Readers

Mulliner shoots with Red from III and snicks Black

13 Jan 2014 1:08PM (Tournament); 40 Readers

Blue is rushed to Yellow, and used to load 2. The rush on Y needs a cut to get to 1 - ends up 2y N of 1

13 Jan 2014 1:10PM (Tournament); 46 Readers

Runs 1 with Red and hits Yellow. Croquets Yellow to halfway between 3 and III

13 Jan 2014 1:12PM (Tournament); 41 Readers

Makes 2 and rushes B to middle of EB. Loads 4 and gets rush on K towards 3. Cuts K to between Y and EB.

13 Jan 2014 1:14PM (Tournament); 41 Readers

Makes 3 with 4bb under control.

13 Jan 2014 1:14PM (Tournament); 37 Readers

Plays an uneventful brak to 4b, and sets a leave with K 6y S of 2, and B at the peg wired from K. and Y in IV with R 3.5y N of it.

13 Jan 2014 1:26PM (Tournament); 44 Readers

Bryant lifts Blue from the peg and shoots at Y from the end of A baulk. Misses.

13 Jan 2014 1:28PM (Tournament); 41 Readers

Mulliner croquets Blue 12y from IV, and rushes Red S of 2. Rushes K to 2y ESE of 1

13 Jan 2014 1:30PM (Tournament); 41 Readers

Approaches 1 to slight angle, does a couple of press-ups before hitting Y straight into the wire.

13 Jan 2014 1:31PM (Tournament); 42 Readers

Bryant shoots with Black at Blue 18y away off the EB. Middles it to loud applause.

13 Jan 2014 1:32PM (Tournament); 45 Readers

Takes off to 1, leaving himself a 2-yarder on the ball against the far leg - he can probably only see 3/4 of the target ball.

13 Jan 2014 1:34PM (Tournament); 45 Readers

A light drizzle has started, and the players quit the field to put on some warmer clothing. Bryant looking very stylish in the team NZ jumper

13 Jan 2014 1:35PM (Tournament); 43 Readers

Brynt makes 1 off Y, but is hampered. An umpire watches him play a careful swing to nick the Yellow 3y away.

13 Jan 2014 1:38PM (Tournament); 43 Readers

Sends Y to 4b (just in front of the hoop) and takes off from B to R at 2.

13 Jan 2014 1:40PM (Tournament); 46 Readers

Makes 3 off Y. The red clip is on 4B, so any TPO will be delayed. He has all the balls under control now.

13 Jan 2014 1:45PM (Tournament); 49 Readers

Blue goes towards 2b, so no TPO in this turn.

13 Jan 2014 1:47PM (Tournament); 53 Readers

The light drizzle is getting heavier. The slow lawns will be a lot slower soon.

13 Jan 2014 1:57PM (Tournament); 51 Readers

Bryant is setting a NSL with Y 2y E of the WB, just N of the peg.

13 Jan 2014 2:00PM (Tournament); 56 Readers

No rush out of 2b, so he rolls balls towards 3b. Blue stops less than 1ft from the EB.

13 Jan 2014 2:00PM (Tournament); 58 Readers

Makes 3b a tad far, and has a 2.5 yard return roquet on R. Soft shot leaves R 18 inches ENE of 4

13 Jan 2014 2:02PM (Tournament); 58 Readers

Red gets placed in NSL position at 4, and Bryant shoots at B on the EB. Misses.

13 Jan 2014 2:04PM (Tournament); 59 Readers

Mulliner picks up R from 4 and shoots down the EB at the single ball target. Hits.

13 Jan 2014 2:06PM (Tournament); 56 Readers

Rushes B to WB 6y N of Y. Thick take-off gets good rush on Y. Rushes to SB and sets leave for Y which is still on 1.

13 Jan 2014 2:09PM (Tournament); 48 Readers

Bryant shoots with Blue from close to 2 at the balls close to I. Snicks Y to loud applause.Blue is on 1.....

13 Jan 2014 2:14PM (Tournament); 48 Readers

Croquets Y 2y N of 1, and rushes R to 1. Makes the hoop and rushes R to 1 ft N of I

13 Jan 2014 2:16PM (Tournament); 48 Readers

Croquets R to 4y SW of 3, and rushes Y to 1y W of 2

13 Jan 2014 2:17PM (Tournament); 50 Readers

Approach to 2 is short - leaves a 30 degree hoop. Slams it hard and it grovels through 2 feet

13 Jan 2014 2:20PM (Tournament); 53 Readers

Loads 4 and rushes R to 3 K is still on the EB level with rover, so the peeling will be delayed

13 Jan 2014 2:21PM (Tournament); 51 Readers

Sends K to 4b after making 3.

13 Jan 2014 2:23PM (Tournament); 48 Readers

Sets up the delayed peel by sending Y 4 feet W of 4b, and K in front of 4b. Takes off to R which is 3y NNE of 5

13 Jan 2014 2:28PM (Tournament); 48 Readers

Rushes R S of 5, and makes the hoop with a rush to the EB. Cuts it to peg-high between 3 and 4

13 Jan 2014 2:29PM (Tournament); 47 Readers

The croquet stroke loading 1b with R travels on and B stops against K right in front of 4b. The peel goes through a couple of yards, and B has a good rush to 6.

13 Jan 2014 2:31PM (Tournament); 50 Readers

The rush to 6 is under-done, and he takes croquet 1y short. Gets hoop position and runs it to just off the NB.

13 Jan 2014 2:33PM (Tournament); 52 Readers

Shoots at partner - middles the 7-yarder

13 Jan 2014 2:33PM (Tournament); 51 Readers

The shot to load 2b with K is 4y short

13 Jan 2014 2:34PM (Tournament); 45 Readers

Y is sent towards K to make it feel less lonely far from its hoop

13 Jan 2014 2:35PM (Tournament); 43 Readers

1b is run off R, which is sent to escape position at penult. Y gets sent to 3b and B has a rush on K to 2b

13 Jan 2014 2:38PM (Tournament); 34 Readers

Bryant fails 2b from right in front

13 Jan 2014 2:39PM (Tournament); 36 Readers

Mulliner lifts Yellow (for 1) and shoots at K/B. Rushes K 4y NE of 1. R is still at penult

13 Jan 2014 2:40PM (Tournament); 39 Readers

Mulliner is looking at a standard tp to win the match

13 Jan 2014 2:43PM (Tournament); 38 Readers

The standard tp falls off the rails after 3, when the long return roquet sends R to the side of the hoop. It is left at 4b for another try a bit later

13 Jan 2014 2:46PM (Tournament); 37 Readers

Makes 5 with a rush to 4b. Croquets B to 4y W of 1b, buts is hampered by K on his roquet of R. Manages the roquet and rushes R to peeling position.

13 Jan 2014 2:50PM (Tournament); 42 Readers

The peel takes a huge amount of pull, and R ends up 1y NW of the hoop, possibly without touching the hoop.

13 Jan 2014 2:50PM (Tournament); 39 Readers

Makes 6 and rushes K to the EB next to 3. Croquets it 2y past the peg. Tries to improve the 2b pioneer by croqueting R to halfway between the peg and 2b

13 Jan 2014 2:52PM (Tournament); 40 Readers

Makes 1b and loads 3b with B. Pivots off K and rushes R to 2b.

13 Jan 2014 2:53PM (Tournament); 38 Readers

Croquet stroke after 2b fails to send R to 4b - ends up 6Y E of the peg. K is rushed to 4b.

13 Jan 2014 2:55PM (Tournament); 39 Readers

Makes 3b off B. Loads penult with B, and rushes R towards the EB. No straight triple attempt here.....

13 Jan 2014 2:56PM (Tournament); 38 Readers

K goes to rover. Will make penult off partner.

13 Jan 2014 2:57PM (Tournament); 39 Readers

Makes rover and sets a leave with K 2y off the WB and B at the peg. R and Y on the EB, R level with 4 and Y 3y N of it.

13 Jan 2014 3:03PM (Tournament); 40 Readers

Bryant lifts K and shoots from B baulk. Misses into IV

13 Jan 2014 3:06PM (Tournament); 41 Readers

Mulliner croquets Y towards penult and gets a cut rush on B. Rushes it to 1y E of the end of B baulk

13 Jan 2014 3:07PM (Tournament); 40 Readers

Takes off for 4b, but over-hits to 5 feet SSE of the hoop. Does a few press-ups before taking on the hoop. Makes the hoop by an inch, has no shot on Y, but a swing on B on the baulk line. Misses B by a fraction.

13 Jan 2014 3:09PM (Tournament); 37 Readers

Bryant lifts K from IV and walks over to B baulk. He rushes B 1ft E, then croquets it to 2y S of the end of B baulk. R is rushed to 2y SW of 4b. Y is still 3y E of penult

13 Jan 2014 3:14PM (Tournament); 40 Readers

R is sent towards rover, and Y is rushed to penult. Runs penult without getting a rush back to B (which is what it seemed he was trying to do). Goes for a walk to calm down. Comes back to K and rushes Y to 1y W of the peg.

13 Jan 2014 3:18PM (Tournament); 45 Readers

Makes rover and cuts R to NB 2y W of the end of B baulk. Y is still next to the peg - looks like a Riggal. Shoots R towards III, ends up 2y S of NB level with 3.

13 Jan 2014 3:21PM (Tournament); 45 Readers

Rushes B off WB level with 1 (Blue clip is on 2b)

13 Jan 2014 3:22PM (Tournament); 46 Readers

Takes off to Y, pegs it off and retires to between B and 2b, 2ft from 2b

13 Jan 2014 3:25PM (Tournament); 51 Readers

Mulliner plays to the WB peg-high

13 Jan 2014 3:28PM (Tournament); 52 Readers

Bryant rushes k into the jaws of 2b - can take croquet from the playing side.

13 Jan 2014 3:31PM (Tournament); 51 Readers

Nicks K on the way past, so does not get a rush out of the hoop.

13 Jan 2014 3:32PM (Tournament); 49 Readers

Bryant rolls B and K over towards 3b. They end up very close, maybe touching. He nudges B away from K, but K is open to R

13 Jan 2014 3:37PM (Tournament); 47 Readers

Mulliner shoots from the middle of the WB, and its K! He should finish from here

13 Jan 2014 3:38PM (Tournament); 48 Readers

The rush to penult ends up 3y SSW of h hoop. A takeoff is played, to give an 18 inch straight hoop.

13 Jan 2014 3:39PM (Tournament); 47 Readers

Mulliner quits the field with R in the jaws of penult.

13 Jan 2014 3:41PM (Tournament); 52 Readers

Blue is wired from Black by the peg. It has a wiring lift. So has Black. It looks as if the shot from Blue on to Red is not very good, so he wants to lift Black (2y E of rover) rather than Blue. Umpires are performing the wiring test. The lift is granted, and Black is lifted to the B baulk.

13 Jan 2014 3:44PM (Tournament); 53 Readers

Black hits Red to applause from the crowd. The black clip is on the peg, so we will see a leave with Red having a shot.

13 Jan 2014 3:45PM (Tournament); 55 Readers

Red is placed 2y S and 4y E of II. Blue is rushed towards IV (clip is on 3b). Final position leaves B on the SB open to R, and K towards the hoop in a wired position.

13 Jan 2014 3:50PM (Tournament); 53 Readers

Red plays to 6y E of I

13 Jan 2014 3:51PM (Tournament); 53 Readers

Blue over-approaches 3b and has to retire. Picks a spot on the EB that guards the shot by Red.

13 Jan 2014 3:59PM (Tournament); 60 Readers

Red plays to the EB level with penult.

13 Jan 2014 4:03PM (Tournament); 56 Readers

Blue hits the 6-yarder on Black, cutting it to 2y W of the peg.

13 Jan 2014 4:05PM (Tournament); 52 Readers

Black is played towards III, but gets tangled up in the jaws of 4b. Blue hits the 4-yarder on Red, and sends Red towards I.Red ends up 2.5y SW of 1, and Blue 3y SSW of 3b. Blue is played to 4y SE of 4b

13 Jan 2014 4:12PM (Tournament); 54 Readers

Red shoots at Black in the jaws of 4b, and misses into III

13 Jan 2014 4:14PM (Tournament); 52 Readers

Blue hits Black to the NB behind 4b, and takes off to Red.Moves Red to 2ft W of 1. Blue joins Black on the NB, 2 yards apart

13 Jan 2014 4:17PM (Tournament); 56 Readers

Red shoots at Black and misses

13 Jan 2014 4:18PM (Tournament); 55 Readers

Blue roquets Red and places it 3y W of 4b. Black is cut to the SB 4y W of 3b. Plays a perfect approach to give him a straight 12 inch hoop

13 Jan 2014 4:23PM (Tournament); 52 Readers

Runs the hoop with a forward rush. Should be the game.

13 Jan 2014 4:23PM (Tournament); 54 Readers

Rushes to close to red, loads penult and rushes Red to 4b

13 Jan 2014 4:24PM (Tournament); 55 Readers

Runs 4b leaving a 3.5y return roquet. Hits it and loads rover with Red. The red clip is on rover.....potential cost of an error at rover is high

13 Jan 2014 4:26PM (Tournament); 54 Readers

The croquet stroke to load rover leaves Red 4ft S of the peg. Makes penult with no rush. Takes off to get a rush on Red.

13 Jan 2014 4:27PM (Tournament); 56 Readers

Rushes Red to 2ft NW of rover. Gets good position to run the hoop.

13 Jan 2014 4:28PM (Tournament); 55 Readers

Runs rover and rushes Red to penult. Takes off to Black for the pegout.

13 Jan 2014 4:29PM (Tournament); 56 Readers

Pegs out to level the match.

13 Jan 2014 4:30PM (Tournament); 55 Readers

If the final game starts tonight, I may not be able to continue - my battery is running low. Watch this space....

13 Jan 2014 4:31PM (Tournament); 48 Readers

I'm back on a freshly-charged laptop!

Game 3:

13 Jan 2014 4:41PM (Tournament); 36 Readers

Mulliner (Red) supershotbrynt (Blue) 3y SE of the peg

13 Jan 2014 4:42PM (Tournament); 36 Readers

Yellow shoots gently at Blue, misses to 3y E of the peg

13 Jan 2014 4:42PM (Tournament); 36 Readers

Black shoots at Blue and hits

13 Jan 2014 4:43PM (Tournament); 36 Readers

Takes off from just N of penult to Y, and rushes Y 4y SE of the peg.

13 Jan 2014 4:44PM (Tournament); 38 Readers

Croquets Y to 2, and rushes R to 1

13 Jan 2014 4:45PM (Tournament); 38 Readers

Runs 1 hard and ends up with a 10y shot on B by 5. Middles it.

13 Jan 2014 4:46PM (Tournament); 36 Readers

Takes off (sending Blue to 3) to Yellow by 2.

13 Jan 2014 4:48PM (Tournament); 35 Readers

Makes 2 and rushes Y down to WB peg-high. Loads 4 with Y (2.5y short) and rushes R towards 3. 4bb break now under control

13 Jan 2014 4:50PM (Tournament); 35 Readers

Blue gets rushed S of 1 after 4, and he attempts to peel Blue through 1 going to 5. The peel fails, leaving Blue in front of 1.

13 Jan 2014 4:57PM (Tournament); 40 Readers

After 5, Red is rushed to I and sent towards 1b. It is short by 6y, so Blue is rushed away from 1 and sent to 1b.

13 Jan 2014 4:58PM (Tournament); 39 Readers

Bryant is attempting to set a BSL - Bryant Standard Leave - with Y just N of 1. He fals to get Y positioned (it pings off the wire and is completely open from A baulk) so he has to revert to a less exotic leave.

13 Jan 2014 5:07PM (Tournament); 43 Readers

Makes 3b and rushed Blue to the EB just N of IV.Takes off and rushes Red to the NB behind 2.Takes off sending Red towards II, but it stops 2.5y W of the corner. The SB hits Yellow at 1 - it would have gone quite a bit further if it had not hit! He ends his turn by sending Y off the EB peg-high, and Black 1Y N of Blue

13 Jan 2014 5:17PM (Tournament); 43 Readers

Mulliner lifts Red to just W of III and shoots down the EB. Misses Yellow but hits Black.

13 Jan 2014 5:21PM (Tournament); 46 Readers

Mulliner rushes Blue towards Yellow, and the rush is perfect length - he has a cannon! Does not get full value out of the cannon though - Blue is 7y infield level with penult, and Yellow is 2y NW of rover.

13 Jan 2014 5:24PM (Tournament); 47 Readers

He rolls Yellow towards I, but Red fails to get hoop position and he retires Red to 1y N of I.

13 Jan 2014 5:25PM (Tournament); 46 Readers

Bryant shoots Blue at Black (just out of IV). Misses.

13 Jan 2014 5:25PM (Tournament); 48 Readers

Mulliner plays a big split out of I sending Yellow to 3, going over to Blue and Black.

13 Jan 2014 5:29PM (Tournament); 53 Readers

Does not get a cannon, so has to leave Blue t IV while rushing Black to 1. makes the hoop and rushes Black to the SB. Takes off to Blue.

13 Jan 2014 5:29PM (Tournament); 52 Readers

Big roll sending Blue to 3, leaves a 4y rush on Yellow. Rushes it to 2y SW of 2.

13 Jan 2014 5:31PM (Tournament); 48 Readers

Runs a 3ft hoop to the boundary. Nicks the return roquet.

13 Jan 2014 5:33PM (Tournament); 47 Readers

Splits Yellow to 4, leaving it 5y short. Rushes Blue to 3, and makes the hoop rushing Blue to the EB level with 4.

13 Jan 2014 5:35PM (Tournament); 49 Readers

Over-hits the shot loading 5, Blue ends up 2y W of 5. Rushes Black to where he has just taken croquet with Blue. Rolls Black towards 6, getting a good rush on Yellow.

13 Jan 2014 5:37PM (Tournament); 50 Readers

Bad cut on yellow leaves it 2y NW of 4.Approaches to 8 inches and 30 degrees. Bangs Red through the hoop after a press-up

13 Jan 2014 5:38PM (Tournament); 51 Readers

Stroke to load 6 leaves Black 2y NW of the peg. Gets a rush on Blue to 5, and makes 5 with a backward rush.

13 Jan 2014 5:40PM (Tournament); 52 Readers

Split shot to load 1b leaves Blue 3y SE of 1b. Rushes Yellow to 4y S of 1b, takes off to get a rush on Black to 6.

13 Jan 2014 5:41PM (Tournament); 55 Readers

The stroke to load 2b is short, leaving Black 4y N of 2b. When will we see a pioneer within the magic 2-yard circle?

13 Jan 2014 5:43PM (Tournament); 57 Readers

Makes 1b and rushes Blue N. Croquets Blue to 1y S of 3b! At last, a pioneer that does not need adjusting!

13 Jan 2014 5:44PM (Tournament); 58 Readers

Rushes Black to 2b and makes the hoop. Yellow is 3Y S of the peg, so it looks like a spread coming up

13 Jan 2014 5:45PM (Tournament); 60 Readers

Plays Black towards the peg (2y short), pivots of Yellow and rushes the good 3b pioneer a yard West. Over-approaches leaving a 40 degree hoop.

13 Jan 2014 5:47PM (Tournament); 58 Readers

Slams Red through the hoop. Now faces a 7 yard return roquet

13 Jan 2014 5:47PM (Tournament); 59 Readers

Hits the return roquet and Blue runs 4!

13 Jan 2014 5:48PM (Tournament); 57 Readers

Sends Blue towards the WB, it ends up between 1 and 2, 2y N of the peg. No rush on Black.

13 Jan 2014 5:49PM (Tournament); 57 Readers

Black is 4ft S of the peg, at 90 degrees to the wiring line. Blue is only 7 yards from the peg....a good time to reconsider the leave.

13 Jan 2014 5:50PM (Tournament); 65 Readers

Black is positioned 2y off the EB, level with the peg. Yellow is rushed into IV. The leave:

13 Jan 2014 5:52PM (Tournament); 69 Readers

Bryant lifts Blue and takes the 13 yarder at Yellow. Misses to inches N of Yellow.

13 Jan 2014 5:57PM (Tournament); 68 Readers

Mulliner rushes Blue into Red, sending Red towards Black. Croquets Blue to 4y E of 2. gets a rush on Black to 1y S of 1

13 Jan 2014 5:58PM (Tournament); 66 Readers

Makes 1 and rushes Black to the EB. Sends it to 4 getting a rush on Red towards 3. Takes off from there to get a rush on Blue towards 2.

13 Jan 2014 6:00PM (Tournament); 66 Readers

Makes 2 and rolls Blue into escape position for the peel.Finds the outside wire with the peel attempt. Rushes Blue to the SB behind 4.

13 Jan 2014 6:03PM (Tournament); 66 Readers

Makes 4 and rushes Black to the EB level with 3

13 Jan 2014 6:05PM (Tournament); 69 Readers

Places Black as the escape ball for the peel before 6. Roquets Red and takes off to Blue at 5.

13 Jan 2014 6:06PM (Tournament); 62 Readers

Makes 5 with a rush towards 4b. Places Blue 2y W of 1b, nd roquets Red for the peel.

13 Jan 2014 6:07PM (Tournament); 61 Readers

Peels Red and gets a good rush on Black towards 6

13 Jan 2014 6:08PM (Tournament); 60 Readers

Just nicks the russh, and has to take croquet 3.5y E of 6. Gets good hoop position

13 Jan 2014 6:09PM (Tournament); 59 Readers

makes 6, and hits Black.Takes off to roquet red and send it to 2b. Red ends up 4y N of 2b. Blue is rushed to 1b

13 Jan 2014 6:11PM (Tournament); 61 Readers

Approach to 1b is not good, and leaves an angled hoop. Several press-ups are required before the hoop is run.

13 Jan 2014 6:13PM (Tournament); 64 Readers

Blue is sent 5y past 3b. Black is rushed to the WB peg-high, and sent over to 3b to help with the pioneering spirit.It ends up 3.5y W of 3b

13 Jan 2014 6:15PM (Tournament); 62 Readers

2b is run nd Red is rushed to 2y E of penult. Takes off to Blue close to the SB. Sends it to escape position 4y ESE of penult

13 Jan 2014 6:17PM (Tournament); 65 Readers

Makes 3b and cuts Black to 4y SW of the peg

13 Jan 2014 6:18PM (Tournament); 66 Readers

Rolls up to Red, needs a cut to get peeling position.Ends up with a 3y peel, pretty straight

13 Jan 2014 6:20PM (Tournament); 71 Readers

Peel finds the jaws. Rush to 4b is 1y NW of the hoop. Slightly angled hoop. hammers it to the NB

13 Jan 2014 6:21PM (Tournament); 70 Readers

Gently roquets the peelee in the jaws of penult, and sends it to 2Y N of rover.

13 Jan 2014 6:23PM (Tournament); 72 Readers

Black is sent 3y deep, and Blue next to the hoop.

13 Jan 2014 6:23PM (Tournament); 71 Readers

Red is over-rushed to next to rover. No possibility of redemption here.

13 Jan 2014 6:24PM (Tournament); 70 Readers

Runs rover and rushes Black to the WB just N of peg-high.Takes off to Blue, and sends it to the peg. Red is rushed to peg-high on the EB. Rolls red down to 3y N of IV, and places Yellow 2Y S of Red.

13 Jan 2014 6:30PM (Tournament); 73 Readers

Bryant lefts Blue to I and shoots at Black. Misses badly to the NB.

13 Jan 2014 6:33PM (Tournament); 75 Readers

Mulliner rushes Red 2y North. Takes off to Blue. Hits the 5-yarder.

13 Jan 2014 6:36PM (Tournament); 80 Readers

Plays a take-off getting a rush on Black to the Sb 3y E of 1. Sends Black towards 1, and joins Red leaving Red a rush to rover.

13 Jan 2014 6:39PM (Tournament); 80 Readers

Bryant comes on and stalks the shot from Blue to Red. The longest shot on offer, but one that gives the highest prize for hitting.

13 Jan 2014 6:41PM (Tournament); 79 Readers

Hits Blue hard, and finds the gap between Red and Yellow

13 Jan 2014 6:42PM (Tournament); 80 Readers

Mulliner roquets Blue into IV, and takes off to yellow. Ends up with a ruh to the peg. Cuts it to 2y N of rover.

13 Jan 2014 6:43PM (Tournament); 78 Readers

Good approach leves him with a 2-inch hoop. He plays it through to 4 feet S of Yellow, and rushes Yellow to the peg

13 Jan 2014 6:44PM (Tournament); 84 Readers

Pegs out to take the match.

Match score NZ 8, England 4

13 Jan 2014 6:45PM (Tournament); 85 Readers

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