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Another glorious day in Mount Manganui. 90% blue skies and a light breeze. The players are not out yet, referees are setting and checking hoops.
14 Jan 2014 7:38AM (Tournament); 25 Readers
Players having their 15 minute warmup. Action should start soon!
14 Jan 2014 7:47AM (Tournament); 27 Readers
A coin is tossed. NZ to ply first.
14 Jan 2014 7:57AM (Tournament); 32 Readers
Chris lays a supershot with Yellow
14 Jan 2014 7:57AM (Tournament); 35 Readers
James plays Black to the EB 1y S of peg-high
14 Jan 2014 7:59AM (Tournament); 37 Readers
Paddy shoots at Black from A baulk - misses
14 Jan 2014 8:00AM (Tournament); 37 Readers
Stephen shoots from middle of B baulk at the double.Hits Red.
14 Jan 2014 8:01AM (Tournament); 36 Readers
Rushes Black to Yellow, sends Black to 2 and rushes Yellow to 1
14 Jan 2014 8:03AM (Tournament); 33 Readers
Grovels through 1, and needs an umpire. Yellow is directly N, so no problem with the roquet
14 Jan 2014 8:04AM (Tournament); 38 Readers
Approaches 2 from the side and gets an angled hoop. A quick press-up and the hoop is made.
14 Jan 2014 8:06AM (Tournament); 39 Readers
Going round on controlled 4bb. Lawns are easy and hoops not putting up much resistance
14 Jan 2014 8:11AM (Tournament); 49 Readers
Stephen sets a spread with Yellow at the peg and Red 5ft off the WB 2y N of peg-high
14 Jan 2014 8:19AM (Tournament); 58 Readers
14 Jan 2014 8:20AM (Tournament); 55 Readers
Chris lifts Yellow and shoots down the EB. Misses into IV
14 Jan 2014 8:21AM (Tournament); 57 Readers
James rushes Blue to Red, loads 2 (3y short) and rushes Red to 1y N of 1. Takes off and makes the hoop. Cuts Red to the SB 4y W of Yellow.
14 Jan 2014 8:24AM (Tournament); 70 Readers
A beautiful thick take-off leaves Red 2y infield and obtains a cut rush on Yellow. The rush ends up on the NB 3y E of 2
14 Jan 2014 8:25AM (Tournament); 75 Readers
Takes off to Blue - short - no rush to improve the pioneer. Does a stoppo to 3, but Black is 2y SW of the hoop. Lines up the hoop shot....
14 Jan 2014 8:27AM (Tournament); 75 Readers
Slams Black into the hoop, but the hoop wins.
14 Jan 2014 8:27AM (Tournament); 76 Readers
Chris hits the 8-yarder on Yellow with Blue, rushing it to halfway between 3 and 4. Takes off to Red, gets a sharp cut rush to 1
14 Jan 2014 8:28AM (Tournament); 75 Readers
Cuts at a perfect angle, but short. Takes croquet from 5y E, gets a 1y hoop. Runs it with a break in front of him
14 Jan 2014 8:29AM (Tournament); 72 Readers
Plays a massive split sending Red to the NB behind 3, and Yellow towards Blue. Blue is rushed to the middle of the NB, and he takes off to Black at 2
14 Jan 2014 8:33AM (Tournament); 74 Readers
Makes 2 and sets up to POP Black. The peel goes through. Yellow roquets Blue, and sends it to 4.
14 Jan 2014 8:34AM (Tournament); 74 Readers
Blue is 8y N of 4. Making 3 off Red
14 Jan 2014 8:35AM (Tournament); 80 Readers
Rushes Red to II and stops it out to 5. Rushes Black towards Blue, and rushes Blue to 4
14 Jan 2014 8:37AM (Tournament); 81 Readers
4bb now under ful control. Expecting a defensive leave.
14 Jan 2014 8:37AM (Tournament); 83 Readers
Runs 1b off Blue and tries to get Blue in the jaws, but it pops through.
14 Jan 2014 8:44AM (Tournament); 90 Readers
Chris runs 3b by 5y, and hits the return roquet on Black - Black ends up in the jaws of 4. He croquets it to 4y N of 4, and rushes Red into II
14 Jan 2014 8:48AM (Tournament); 89 Readers
Takes off to Blue and puts it into the jaws. Retires to just S of Red
14 Jan 2014 8:50AM (Tournament); 89 Readers
Red and Yellow are tight in II, Blue in the jaws of 2, and Black 4y N of 4
14 Jan 2014 8:51AM (Tournament); 88 Readers
Stephen lifts Blue and shoots at Black from A baulk - misses to EB level with penult
14 Jan 2014 8:52AM (Tournament); 90 Readers
Paddy rushes Yellow to 2y NNE of 1. Sends it to 2 (within 6 inches) going to Blue. Takes off from Blue to get rush on Black
14 Jan 2014 8:55AM (Tournament); 89 Readers
Rushes Black to 2y S of 1. Makes 1 with a rush to Blue
14 Jan 2014 8:56AM (Tournament); 85 Readers
Sends Black to 3 and rushes Blue to N of 2. Sends Blue to 3, and makes 2 off Yellow.Cuts Yellow 3y past penult, and croquets it S of 4b
14 Jan 2014 8:59AM (Tournament); 88 Readers
Rushes Blue to NB and loads 4 (4y N). Makes hoop off Black. Can't get Yellow into peeling position, so it is rushed N and placed S of 4b. Black is rushed S to Blue.
14 Jan 2014 9:03AM (Tournament); 89 Readers
Runs 4 leaving a 5y return roquet. Rushes Red to the EB level with 3.
14 Jan 2014 9:04AM (Tournament); 87 Readers
Unfortunately Paddy is playing Red, so the rush actually went to 1y E of 5. Paddy rolls Blue to escape position for the peel before 6, roquets Yellow, and takes off to Black at 5
14 Jan 2014 9:05AM (Tournament); 89 Readers
Makes 5 with a rush S of 4b. Cuts it to 5y past 4b
14 Jan 2014 9:08AM (Tournament); 93 Readers
Loads 1b with Black. Roquets Yellow and lines up the peel.
14 Jan 2014 9:08AM (Tournament); 95 Readers
The peelee bounces off the far wire. Might be rush-peelable
14 Jan 2014 9:10AM (Tournament); 96 Readers
Rushes Blue to 6. Makes the hoop and has a look at Yellow's prospects for rush-peeling. Chris is called on for a conference.
14 Jan 2014 9:12AM (Tournament); 92 Readers
Blue is rushed to 5y NE of the peg. Takes off to Yellow, and rushes it through 4b to applause.
14 Jan 2014 9:13AM (Tournament); 96 Readers
Yellow is sent to 2b. Makes 1b, and loads 3b with Black. It ends 5y N of 3b. Blue is sent over fto 3b to improve matters.
14 Jan 2014 9:16AM (Tournament); 101 Readers
2b is made off Yelow, and Yellow is sent to peeling position at penult. It ends up short though - 3y SE of the hoop
14 Jan 2014 9:18AM (Tournament); 104 Readers
Black is rushed to the SB, and shot up to escape position at penult. It ends up 5y E of penult
14 Jan 2014 9:19AM (Tournament); 105 Readers
The wind has strengthened to a fresh gale. Players are re-stalking shots a lot
Paddy blobs 3b from right in front.
James hits the 6-yarder at Yellow, takes off to Red, and rushes Blue to 3.
14 Jan 2014 9:25AM (Tournament); 106 Readers
Rush is short, and he takes off - leaves himself a 2y hoop. Plays Black into the far wire.
14 Jan 2014 9:26AM (Tournament); 105 Readers
Chris takes the shot from 2y NE of the peg, at Blue 1y S of 3. Hits it in the middle.
Rushes Black to penult and makes the hoop. Rushes black N and leaves it close to III. Rushes Blue to Red
14 Jan 2014 9:32AM (Tournament); 110 Readers
Rushes Red to rover. Runs rover to the SB. Rushes Red to 2y SSE of rover. Planning to lay up tight in corner I.
14 Jan 2014 9:35AM (Tournament); 110 Readers
Chris rolls off the WB, with Red just N of I, and Yellow 1y N of Red
14 Jan 2014 9:36AM (Tournament); 111 Readers
Blue is 3y NW of IV, Black 2y SW of III
14 Jan 2014 9:37AM (Tournament); 111 Readers
Stephen shoots at Yellow with Blue. Misses by an inch to the right.
14 Jan 2014 9:37AM (Tournament); 110 Readers
Paddy hits Yellow and gets a rush on Blue to corner III. Goes out on NB behind Black
14 Jan 2014 9:39AM (Tournament); 111 Readers
Loads 4b with Blue, rushes Black to 2y S of 3b
14 Jan 2014 9:40AM (Tournament); 111 Readers
Makes 3b this time. Rushes Black to Yellow.
14 Jan 2014 9:41AM (Tournament); 114 Readers
Stops Black out into the lawn, and rushes Yellow to 1y S of III
14 Jan 2014 9:42AM (Tournament); 118 Readers
Loads penult with yellow, and makes 4b off Blue. Runs into Blue on the hoop stroke, so has to take croquet from the NB
14 Jan 2014 9:44AM (Tournament); 119 Readers
Makes penult and rushes Yellow to 2y N of Blue. Takes off, rushes Blue on to rover.
14 Jan 2014 9:45AM (Tournament); 118 Readers
Makes rover, takes off from Blue to peg out.
First game to NZ 26-11
14 Jan 2014 9:46AM (Tournament); 118 Readers
Game 2 starts with Stephen (Blue) laying a supershot
14 Jan 2014 10:03AM (Tournament); 129 Readers
Chris plays Yellow to the EB peg-high
14 Jan 2014 10:03AM (Tournament); 130 Readers
James misses and goes out level with 4
14 Jan 2014 10:04AM (Tournament); 128 Readers
Paddy (Red) misses down the EB to IV
14 Jan 2014 10:04AM (Tournament); 129 Readers
James hits Red, sends it to 2 going to Yellow. Rushes Blue to 1, but fails the hoop
14 Jan 2014 10:05AM (Tournament); 129 Readers
Paddy shoots Red from 2 to the balls at 1 - hits the hoop and stays there!
James rushes Blue to the NB behind 3, takes off to Yellow, and rushes it to IV. Loads 2 with Yellow (3y short) going to Red at 1
14 Jan 2014 10:07AM (Tournament); 127 Readers
Makes 1, rushes Red to 3y WNW of 6. Loads 3 with Red going to Blue, rushes Blue to Yellow, and rushes Yellow to 2.
14 Jan 2014 10:08AM (Tournament); 135 Readers
Makes 2 with 4bb under control.
14 Jan 2014 10:09AM (Tournament); 137 Readers
Pioneer for 6 ends up 5y SE of 6, so no early pioneer at 2b. The 1b pioneer is also a bit off - 2y E of the hoop, but he gets a rush on the wayward Blue and sends it to 6. Partner (Blue) gets sent to 2b after 6, and the break is back under control
14 Jan 2014 10:16AM (Tournament); 129 Readers
Setting up for a spread with Yellow at the peg.
14 Jan 2014 10:16AM (Tournament); 131 Readers
Red is on the WB 1y N of peg-high. Yellow at the peg, Blue on the EB with a rush to Red.
14 Jan 2014 10:20AM (Tournament); 144 Readers
14 Jan 2014 10:21AM (Tournament); 137 Readers
Chris lifts Yellow from the peg and shoots down the EB. Snicks Blue, moving it about 6 inches.
14 Jan 2014 10:22AM (Tournament); 140 Readers
Chris rushes Black to Red, stops it out 3 yards, and rushes Red to 1y W of 1
14 Jan 2014 10:24AM (Tournament); 137 Readers
Slightly angled hoop 1 is made with a rush S of Blue on the EB. Red is sent to 3, and Blue rushed to the WB past Black
14 Jan 2014 10:26AM (Tournament); 134 Readers
Blue is stopped infield and Black rushed to 2y SW of 2. Another angled hoop.....Chris powers through to the NB
14 Jan 2014 10:27AM (Tournament); 135 Readers
Black is rushed to the WB, and shot over towards 4b. The tealeaves spell "TPO"
14 Jan 2014 10:29AM (Tournament); 139 Readers
Yellow runs into Red on the hoop stroke - Chris calls for a conference. Black is sent to 5 - the tealeaves are now furiously hitting "backspace"
14 Jan 2014 10:31AM (Tournament); 139 Readers
The 4bb is now under control, no attempts yet to POP Blue.
14 Jan 2014 10:34AM (Tournament); 138 Readers
Chris runs 3b and sets an NSL
Blue is 4y off the WB, 3y S of 2
14 Jan 2014 10:44AM (Tournament); 143 Readers
James lifts Black and takes the shot down the EB - middles Red
14 Jan 2014 10:45AM (Tournament); 143 Readers
Red gets sent to 5y E of 3.
Ka mata, ka mata
14 Jan 2014 10:49AM (Tournament); 148 Readers
Chris shoots Yellow into corner IV
14 Jan 2014 10:50AM (Tournament); 147 Readers
Stephen approaches 1 and grovels through. Does not appear to have any shot on Black.A sweep is lined up - he plays and misses on the wired side!
14 Jan 2014 10:53AM (Tournament); 134 Readers
Paddy shoots from close to III. Misses into corner I
14 Jan 2014 10:54AM (Tournament); 133 Readers
Stephen cuts Blak to the SB 2y E of Red. Rushes Red to 2.5y W of 2
14 Jan 2014 10:55AM (Tournament); 135 Readers
Nice approach and hoop shot gets him a rush to 3. Over-hits it to 5y E of the hoop
14 Jan 2014 10:57AM (Tournament); 143 Readers
Approach is short. Shoots at Black near corner 1, and hits! Sets a rush on the SB to Yellow in IV
14 Jan 2014 10:58AM (Tournament); 143 Readers
Red appears wired from the balls at corner 1. Paddy shoots Red into corner II
14 Jan 2014 11:00AM (Tournament); 140 Readers
14 Jan 2014 11:00AM (Tournament); 137 Readers
Stephen rushes Black to corner IV. Plays a cannon sending Black to 4y SSE of 4, and Yellow to just off the NB N of 3
14 Jan 2014 11:02AM (Tournament); 136 Readers
Makes the hoop and rushes Yellow to the EB level with 4. Sends it to 5 getting behind Black for a rush to 4
14 Jan 2014 11:03AM (Tournament); 134 Readers
Stephen now has the 3bb under control, no prospects for peeling
14 Jan 2014 11:04AM (Tournament); 136 Readers
Makes 4 to 1ft from the boundary, and misses the return roquet on Black. Lines in Blue on the NB 3y E of the middle.
14 Jan 2014 11:06AM (Tournament); 143 Readers
Yellow is at 5, and Black just S of 4. Paddy takes the 16-yarder at Blue and misses to corner III.
14 Jan 2014 11:07AM (Tournament); 142 Readers
Stephen shoots Blue at Black, and glances off hoop 4. Lines in on the SB 2y W of hoop 4
14 Jan 2014 11:09AM (Tournament); 142 Readers
Chris shoots at Black from 5, hits it. Croquets Black to 5y S of 1. Hits Blue and croquets it to 3y W of 2.Retires to the NB 2y W of Red
14 Jan 2014 11:12AM (Tournament); 140 Readers
14 Jan 2014 11:13AM (Tournament); 140 Readers
Stephen plays Blue into corner IV
14 Jan 2014 11:14AM (Tournament); 140 Readers
Paddy hits Yellow and takes off to corner IV. He has a 5-yarder - middles it.
14 Jan 2014 11:16AM (Tournament); 140 Readers
Blue is sent to 2 - 2y too far - and Red hits Black. Will take croquet from SB behind 1.
14 Jan 2014 11:17AM (Tournament); 138 Readers
Hoop approach is short, leaving Paddy a 4-ft hoop. He retires to the NB 3y W of Yellow.
14 Jan 2014 11:18AM (Tournament); 124 Readers
Stephen shoots at Yellow, misses by a few inches
Paddy hits Yellow, stops it infield and cuts Blue towards 1. It runs into Yellow! He plays a thick take-off sending Blue towards 2, but does not get a good rush on Black. The take-off from 1y N of 1 is short, and he fails to get position. Red retires to the EB level with the peg. Yellow is 5y SW of 3, Blue 3y NE of 2, and Black 1y N of 1
14 Jan 2014 11:26AM (Tournament); 132 Readers
James shoots from 1 to 2 - hits Blue.
14 Jan 2014 11:26AM (Tournament); 133 Readers
Sends Blue to 2y SE of 4. Hits Yellow and croquets it to 2y SW of corner III. Rushes Red into Blue, sending Blue to the SB behind 4 - an improvement! Croquets Red to 6y E of the middle of the WB. Leaves Blue with a rush to hoop 5
14 Jan 2014 11:32AM (Tournament); 138 Readers
Paddy puts R in corner I.
Stephen tries rushing to corner III, clips hoop 4. Rolls to the corner and gets a rush on Y back to the 3yds S of 5
14 Jan 2014 11:35AM (Tournament); 134 Readers
Makes 5 and rushes back to III
14 Jan 2014 11:37AM (Tournament); 138 Readers
Stops Y infield and rushes Black to 6
14 Jan 2014 11:38AM (Tournament); 138 Readers
Rushes Black to III after 6, stops it to 2y NW of 6 and rushes Yellow to 1b
14 Jan 2014 11:39AM (Tournament); 135 Readers
Stops Yellow to 3b and rushes Black to 1ft E of Red in corner 1. Rushes Red to 5ft W of 2b
14 Jan 2014 11:42AM (Tournament); 131 Readers
Take-off is short, leaving a very angled hoop. One press-up is not enough - a second one further back is required. A third press-up is done, and the hoop made.
14 Jan 2014 11:44AM (Tournament); 130 Readers
Wifi coverage has all but disappeared.
Stephen wend to the peg with a spread, and Paddy missed the shot from A baulk.
James is on a controlled break to take the equalising game.
James pegs out to take the game 26-9
14 Jan 2014 12:10PM (Tournament); 108 Readers
The players break for lunch.
14 Jan 2014 12:10PM (Tournament); 109 Readers
Chris plays Yellow to the EB level with rover
Stephen plays Blue just S of corner II
Paddy shoots at Yellow and misses
James shoots down the EB at the double and misses
14 Jan 2014 1:00PM (Tournament); 33 Readers
Black is yarded in 3y S of Yellow
Paddy takes off from Yellow and gets a rush on Black to 1. Over-hits it to 3y W of 1
14 Jan 2014 1:02PM (Tournament); 33 Readers
Approach is short and he retires to the EB just N of where Yellow is, giving Red a rush to the middle of the SB
14 Jan 2014 1:03PM (Tournament); 36 Readers
Black is 5y NNE of 1. James shoots at Yellow. Misses.
14 Jan 2014 1:04PM (Tournament); 35 Readers
Paddy stops Black infield and rushes Yellow to 1
14 Jan 2014 1:06PM (Tournament); 32 Readers
Makes 1, but runs into Yellow. Splits Yellow to 3, going to Black. Leaves himself a 5-yarder on Black. Misses to the WB 7y S of Blue.
14 Jan 2014 1:08PM (Tournament); 38 Readers
Stephen nicks the 7-yarder.
14 Jan 2014 1:09PM (Tournament); 37 Readers
Thick take-off to Yellow, and rushes it to EB peg-high. Takes off to Blak, and rushes it to 1
14 Jan 2014 1:10PM (Tournament); 36 Readers
Makes 1 and rushes Black to the EB 4y N of IV
14 Jan 2014 1:12PM (Tournament); 33 Readers
Takes off to Yellow and rushes it to the WB level with 1.
14 Jan 2014 1:13PM (Tournament); 33 Readers
Croquets Yellow to 3, rushing Red to 2y W of 2
14 Jan 2014 1:15PM (Tournament); 31 Readers
Takes off too far, and has an angled hoop. Retires to the EB close to Black, leaving a rush to corner III.
14 Jan 2014 1:18PM (Tournament); 31 Readers
Paddy shoots at Yellow by 3 and hits.
Big split sends Blue towards 4, but 7y short, and gets a rush on Yellow to 3. Makes the hoop with Murray control and gets a forward rush. Rushes Yellow to N of Blue, loads 5 and rushes Blue to 4
14 Jan 2014 1:24PM (Tournament); 39 Readers
Rush leaves Blue 4ft past the hoop. Backwards take-off for position is good,and he powers through to the SB where Black is waiting
14 Jan 2014 1:26PM (Tournament); 39 Readers
Paddy now has a 4bb under control.
Makes 1b off partner. An MSL might be difficult.
14 Jan 2014 1:34PM (Tournament); 42 Readers
Take-off from S of 1b leaves him with and angled hoop. Nice jump shot makesthe hopp and clears Yellow that was in the way
14 Jan 2014 1:35PM (Tournament); 40 Readers
Sends Yellow to the peg for a spread. Loads 3b with Blue.
14 Jan 2014 1:36PM (Tournament); 45 Readers
Paddy maes 3b and sets a spread.
14 Jan 2014 1:44PM (Tournament); 48 Readers
Stephen lifts Blue to corner III and misses down the EB
14 Jan 2014 1:45PM (Tournament); 48 Readers
Chris rushes Red to Black, loads 2 and rushes Black to 1
14 Jan 2014 1:46PM (Tournament); 49 Readers
Chris gets the 3bb under control and requires a delayed triple to take the match.
14 Jan 2014 1:49PM (Tournament); 49 Readers
The triple seems far from his mind as he leaves Blue in the corner and plays a 3bb
14 Jan 2014 1:53PM (Tournament); 49 Readers
After 2b, Chris takes off from Red to get Blue out of IV. Sends it to 4b going to Black at 3b
14 Jan 2014 1:58PM (Tournament); 47 Readers
Grovels through 3b and has a hampered shot.Calls for an umpire. Proud carrots are reduced, and the sweep hits Black in the middle.
14 Jan 2014 2:03PM (Tournament); 49 Readers
Rushes Blue close to rover. Loads rover and rushes Black towards penult
14 Jan 2014 2:06PM (Tournament); 57 Readers
Chris has gone to the peg with no peels. The leave is a spread, with Blue 5y E of the WB, level with penult. Black tight on the peg. Red on the EB 1y N or 4.
14 Jan 2014 2:14PM (Tournament); 54 Readers
James lifts Black and shoots at Red. Hits.
14 Jan 2014 2:20PM (Tournament); 57 Readers
Umpires have been on court resetting hoop 4. It seems to be giving them trouble.
14 Jan 2014 2:24PM (Tournament); 49 Readers
James rushes Yellow to Blue, loads 2 and rushes Blue into 1.
14 Jan 2014 2:35PM (Tournament); 58 Readers
James splits Blue to 3 going to Yellow, but over-hits and gets the angle wrong. Black hits the only dry patch of yellow grass on the court, and keeps on rolling...rolling..and ends on the line.
14 Jan 2014 2:37PM (Tournament); 59 Readers
Chris shoots at Red just off the EB level with 5. Misses.
Stephen shoots from next to 3 at Red - misses into IV
14 Jan 2014 2:39PM (Tournament); 59 Readers
Chris rushes Red to 6. Rolls over to corner III and sets the trap. Blue and Black are in opposite corners.
14 Jan 2014 2:41PM (Tournament); 64 Readers
James shoots at Blue in IV. Misses by a small margin.
14 Jan 2014 2:42PM (Tournament); 66 Readers
Paddy powers through 4b and has a 3y rush on Yellow. Gets Yellow 4ft N of penult.
14 Jan 2014 2:44PM (Tournament); 67 Readers
Paddy makes penult and has a rush to 4. Cuts it 2ft past rover. Takes off to the balls in IV
14 Jan 2014 2:46PM (Tournament); 68 Readers
Paddy takes off from Black to et a rush on Blue. The balls are an inch apart
14 Jan 2014 2:48PM (Tournament); 72 Readers
Rushes Blue to 6y SE of rover. Takes off to 4ft N of rover.
14 Jan 2014 2:49PM (Tournament); 70 Readers
Runs rover to applause.
14 Jan 2014 2:50PM (Tournament); 72 Readers
Taps Blue and takes off to rush Yellow to the peg.
Paddy has a 3 yard pegout for the match. Lines it up carefully....
14 Jan 2014 2:51PM (Tournament); 74 Readers
Paddy pegs out to take the game and match for NZ.
14 Jan 2014 2:52PM (Tournament); 74 Readers
Match score now 9-4 to New Zealand
14 Jan 2014 2:52PM (Tournament); 71 Readers
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