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Good morning all.
Play started about 9am, I got here about 9.24, so it's very well under way.
This morning's feature match is Egypt's Salah Hassan vs William Gee (Eng) on lawn 3. We'll also be following an all-kiwi match of Phillip Drew v Mike Crashley on lawn 4.
12 Feb 2015 9:29AM (Tournament); 3 Readers
We got here to see Matt Griffith holding his own against world #1 Hamy Erian on lawn 1, but passed by to check out the pick of the morning matches of Salah v William Gee on lawn 3.
12 Feb 2015 9:30AM (Tournament); 3 Readers
Salah was well in control at 4-1 up, and took position all over hoop 6.
12 Feb 2015 9:30AM (Tournament); 4 Readers
Will went well down his mallet and hit somewhat across his jump stroke, but it was a tidy stroke which brought the game back to 4-2.
12 Feb 2015 9:31AM (Tournament); 4 Readers
(Phillip was 5-3 down, but played very well to draw the match back to 5-5. He then played a good clearance to get the first shot at hoop 11, but after some excellent previous play, bounced out of a relatively straight hoop to give Mike the crucial hoop Mike leads 6-5)
12 Feb 2015 9:32AM (Tournament); 5 Readers
(Phillip then had control at hoop 12, but has bounced badly out of another hoop (to about 9 yards to the side)
12 Feb 2015 9:32AM (Tournament); 7 Readers
Salah is now in the jaws of hoop 7 and Will is playing another jump stroke, but it was a very long and very angled attempt. He has bounced off to somewhere blocking yellow at blue. Blue will have a much easier jump - about 4 yards and 15 degrees.
12 Feb 2015 9:34AM (Tournament); 4 Readers
Blue misses the hoop.
(Phil has run hoop 12. Red looked in a bad position to approach 13, but black runs the hoop into red, knocking it away from hoop 12, towards 1)
(red plays up deep, black is in the jaws of hoop 13! - rather an interesting place to be actually. Yellow has a very bobbly shot, which is well short, and blue plays up short too - not a great set of shots really)
12 Feb 2015 9:35AM (Tournament); 6 Readers
Gonna change formatting - stuff in italics is Phil v Mike_
12 Feb 2015 9:36AM (Tournament); 6 Readers
Salah has run 7 (5-2 lead) and things are pretty competitive at hoop 8
great shot from Mike!! - runs a 4 yard hoop - hits it in the middle and clears black, rolling through the hoop. Mike Crashley takes game 1 7-6
12 Feb 2015 9:37AM (Tournament); 6 Readers
Salah has a longish-range attempt at 8, but misses. Blue is right in front of the hoop - might have to hop over, but it's very easy.
Black clears yellow from the boundary .Yellow misses the clearance from a mile, and Will again holding the mallet a very long way down executes a very controlled jump.
12 Feb 2015 9:38AM (Tournament); 5 Readers
Salah leads 5-3
Red approaches to 18 inches and 20 degrees - good pressure there.
Black takes 3 yard straight position.
Yellow plays in to 5 foot position.
12 Feb 2015 9:39AM (Tournament); 5 Readers
Not near. Missed by about 2.5 balls on the right.
Red runs the hoop to 5 yards north-west of hoop 10. Salah leads 6-3
On other lawns Chris reports Hami leads 5-3
12 Feb 2015 9:40AM (Tournament); 5 Readers
Back with Salah v Will... red took position, black cleared yellow to the north boundary ,yellow nailed blue in the middle and blue's shot misses by agani 2.5 balls to the right. Salah takes game 1 7-3. He looked very strong in that game
12 Feb 2015 9:42AM (Tournament); 4 Readers
The Atkins hoops haven't been all that popular with some players, but others, including Salah, are big fans.
12 Feb 2015 9:42AM (Tournament); 7 Readers
On lawn 3 there has been some clearing, and again Mike clears Phil from in front of the hoop. Since we've been here Phil has looked dominant, and has had first go at almost every hoop. He doesn't like too much pressure though, and failed a couple of important hoops in game 1. Mike has just missed an 8 yarder and doesn't look too scary, but the scoreboard is telling a different story
12 Feb 2015 9:44AM (Tournament); 9 Readers
On lawn 3, they're having a break.
12 Feb 2015 9:46AM (Tournament); 9 Readers
Up on lawn 1 Tarek is now up 5-1 and has just failed hoop 7 from the boundary
12 Feb 2015 9:46AM (Tournament); 10 Readers
Mike tried to clear from the east boundary and hit hoop 4. Phil failed a 4-foot straight hoop. Mike failed a 4 yard hoop 1 to near the peg
12 Feb 2015 9:47AM (Tournament); 10 Readers
Shoukry won the first 7-2 against Martin Clarke, and was 2-0 up.
We're back to being competitive with Mike playing a good clearance
12 Feb 2015 9:48AM (Tournament); 10 Readers
Lawn 3 has started - three decent balls to south of hoop 1.
Blue (Will) fails hoop 1, red clears black to wired from a slightly angled yellow. Black plays back in, yellow shooting at the hoop...
12 Feb 2015 9:49AM (Tournament); 12 Readers
Yellow runs the hoop off the North boundary. Salah leads 1-0
Jared Keeman has joined us in the commentary team, reckons Phil has looked a bit rough today. He's predicting two number 4 qualifiers will get to the second round, Chris reckons one. Let's keep an eye on that.
12 Feb 2015 9:50AM (Tournament); 13 Readers
I've just heard that Mike Crashley was delighted to get Phillip in his draw - not that many people you'd want to draw as block winners, so let's see if Crash can make the most of this
12 Feb 2015 9:51AM (Tournament); 13 Readers
Mike Crashley runs hoop 1 with red to 5 yards north of hoop 2. It looks like Blue might have got in wired from it.
12 Feb 2015 9:51AM (Tournament); 11 Readers
On lawn 3, red's in front of black up at hoop 4, but blue clears it from miles away
No, it wasn't wired - Crash clears blue to about 4 yards north of the western penalty spot. Black clears yellow well
12 Feb 2015 9:52AM (Tournament); 11 Readers
Bit of worship here for Salah - don't blame them. Will hits the ball very straight, but doesn't have the depth of tactics.
12 Feb 2015 9:53AM (Tournament); 11 Readers
Looking at block 1, Hamy Erian finished with 71 net points - that's 8 differential per match - very impressive.
Sherif reports Stephen Morgan had a 3-2 lead on Hamy - but has lost game 1 7-3
12 Feb 2015 9:54AM (Tournament); 12 Readers
Crash clears black - Phillip is clearing yellow, an dblue will have an angled 2.5 yarder. Chris is whinging that he hasn't seen Crash play a good shot, but is appears Phil's hoop-running has deserted him
12 Feb 2015 9:55AM (Tournament); 14 Readers
Missed awn 3... Will has equalised, and yellow has played up well short
Phil runs hoop 2 to level the game
12 Feb 2015 9:56AM (Tournament); 14 Readers
Tarek Mamdouh has won game 1 against Duncan Dixon 7-2 if I'm reading the teeny numbers correctly. They seem to have put up a 0-0 for game 2
12 Feb 2015 9:57AM (Tournament); 14 Readers
Crash takes good position with red, black plays short, yellow plays deep, blue misses... Mike Crashley leads 2-1, running hoop 3 by 5 yards
12 Feb 2015 9:58AM (Tournament); 15 Readers
Salah misses a very short clearance and Will clears red well - Red has most of a ball to shoot at, but hits the left-hand wire of hoop 3. Will has an easy shot with black to take the lead.
12 Feb 2015 9:59AM (Tournament); 15 Readers
Will bounces out of a 2 yard straight hoop!
Salah takes position. Will tries to clear - misses - that mallet sounds broken!! Jared reckons Pidcocks don't sound like that - mine did - when it was broken - before I gave up and sent it back!
12 Feb 2015 10:00AM (Tournament); 16 Readers
meanwhile, black approaches 4, yellow gets inside it - great shot, blue plays down blocking black (!), red plays down. Very nice jump stroke by Phil 2-2
12 Feb 2015 10:01AM (Tournament); 17 Readers
Mike takes position, Phil takes position, Mike takes position. Great clearance from Phil getting up to hoop 6
Salah fails hoop 3. He was walking forward during the stroke, and then tells Will off for being in front of him and moving during his shot. A few people wander about - no intent there at all
12 Feb 2015 10:02AM (Tournament); 17 Readers
Mike misses the clearance, Phil gets some momentum with a smooth stroke through hoop 5 off the north boundary. Phil leads 3-2
12 Feb 2015 10:02AM (Tournament); 16 Readers
Will runs an angled hoop 3 to take the lead 2-1. He has done well here - Red is very close to the wire of 3, and he can only play down to near hoop 5
12 Feb 2015 10:03AM (Tournament); 16 Readers
Very good positional shot from Will with black. Yellow is short.
12 Feb 2015 10:03AM (Tournament); 18 Readers
Blue plays in short too
Phil's all over hoop 6 as well.
12 Feb 2015 10:04AM (Tournament); 18 Readers
4-2 to Phillip
12 Feb 2015 10:04AM (Tournament); 19 Readers
Salah tries to clear black - rushes it into the jaws 4-2 to Will
12 Feb 2015 10:04AM (Tournament); 21 Readers
Yellow takes angled position, Blue goes down the east-west hill, and is not in front. Red also fails to get position - poor, as yellow had a clearance on blue to corner 2.
12 Feb 2015 10:05AM (Tournament); 19 Readers
Mike's in trouble again - has an angled go at getting into the jaws... no - changes his mind and is clearing black. Not great - Blue can clear red getting position. Good shot
12 Feb 2015 10:06AM (Tournament); 19 Readers
Will misses the clearance (7 yarder), and Salah runs his hoop Will leads 3-2
red plays back up there - seems a little short. Black plays back in. Yellow has a 7 yarder hoop shot, or a 7 yard clearance on blue. Hits a bit of blue and a bit of red, clearing both a few yards
12 Feb 2015 10:07AM (Tournament); 18 Readers
Blue takes position on lawn 3, red follows. black plays short, yellow clears blue, blue clears red. red comes in beautifully on the line between black and the hoop
12 Feb 2015 10:08AM (Tournament); 21 Readers
Will clears red gently - a good shot.
Yellow plays back in, but goes too far and is open to black - Salah will have a 7 yard clearance though.
12 Feb 2015 10:09AM (Tournament); 22 Readers
Blue plays back in deep. Salah clears black, red wicks off and goes through hoop 11 down towards hoop 1.
12 Feb 2015 10:09AM (Tournament); 24 Readers
Black clears yellow well
12 Feb 2015 10:10AM (Tournament); 25 Readers
Quite a high-ranking commentary bench now - Khaled Tharwat has just joined us, next to Chris, then me, then Jared Keeman, Josh Freeth has just arrived after a well-earned sleep-in, then top Belgian Pierre Beaudry and injured English lady Sue Lightbody who is still sporting a big bruise on her injured ankle.
12 Feb 2015 10:11AM (Tournament); 27 Readers
ok.. blue, yellow, red in front of hoop 6. Black clears yellow from corner 3 to the middle of the west boundary. Red's in front of 6, but won't be for long. Blue clears red. Yellow had played up to east of the hoop
12 Feb 2015 10:12AM (Tournament); 26 Readers
red plays in but is short
12 Feb 2015 10:12AM (Tournament); 25 Readers
Phil's all over game 2, leading 6-2
Black takes great position with black - Salah has an in-off opportunity... poor shot! - rushes black into the jaws!
12 Feb 2015 10:13AM (Tournament); 25 Readers
Will tries to rush-peel - doesn't hit it clearnly enough.
12 Feb 2015 10:13AM (Tournament); 26 Readers
Salah has a 30 degree 2 yard jump. Hits the wire, and black takes the hoop - Will leads 4-2
12 Feb 2015 10:14AM (Tournament); 26 Readers
Phil takes game 2 7-2 - much better looking play there
Looks like 2-2 in Duncan's match. C'mon Whakatane - bring us your big numbers!
12 Feb 2015 10:15AM (Tournament); 22 Readers
Back on lawn 3, Will tried to clear red, nicks it, and is level with hoop 1 - not a bad second prize.
12 Feb 2015 10:15AM (Tournament); 21 Readers
Salah runs hoop 7 with red to half-way down the lawn. Black takes deep position, Yellow gets nice position in tight, and blue clears yellow with a nice contact
12 Feb 2015 10:16AM (Tournament); 21 Readers
Red takes position, black has cleared it, and now nothing is in front.
12 Feb 2015 10:17AM (Tournament); 18 Readers
Yellow lags up behind blue. Don't like that - I fancied going for the central clearance as a good shot would have left him in front of hoop 8
Blue takes position, red hides behind blue from black. Black plays for the block on yellow at blue - too tight really - offers up the double-clearance.
12 Feb 2015 10:18AM (Tournament); 18 Readers
Poor shot by Salah - walking forward again and he gets second prize - nicks black going over to level with hoop 9. Will runs a very floppy hoop 8 Will leads 5-3
12 Feb 2015 10:18AM (Tournament); 19 Readers
Aha - no-one could read the numbers on day 1 at Whakatane and Stephen Mulliner went and made the big numbers - please can we have another set Stephen???
12 Feb 2015 10:19AM (Tournament); 18 Readers
Game 3 has started and Mike is in trouble at hoop 1 already
12 Feb 2015 10:19AM (Tournament); 17 Readers
_Phil runs a good angled 5 yard hoop 1 1-0
12 Feb 2015 10:20AM (Tournament); 17 Readers
The scoring system at Katikati was an ok second effort - they kept an accumulation of numbers in each game 0,1,2,... so at least you could count the teeny splodges. Makes our corflute and whiteboard markers with HUGE numbers look rather good for the under 21s
12 Feb 2015 10:21AM (Tournament); 18 Readers
Mike has a 2 yard jump shot at hoop 2 which will see Phil unable to get ANYTHING near hoop 3. Plays it flat, not a great stroke
12 Feb 2015 10:22AM (Tournament); 17 Readers
Salah fails to get position from the side boundary.
12 Feb 2015 10:22AM (Tournament); 19 Readers
Record of 18 readers - let me know, [email protected], if you're having any trouble, or are coping ok, with the italics for the other feature game.
12 Feb 2015 10:23AM (Tournament); 19 Readers
Salah plays that bad red into the jaws of 9, and Will is holding his mallet about a foot up to play a jump stroke - hits the side wire.. Looks like he has both mallet and wrist injury with a black support on there.
12 Feb 2015 10:24AM (Tournament); 19 Readers
Salah clears Will to corner 4, and Will plays to halfway. Will leads 5-4 as Salah runs hoop 9 to south of hoop 10 - still pretty far back (8 yards?)
12 Feb 2015 10:25AM (Tournament); 19 Readers
Meanwhile Phil has taken a 2-0 lead, having previously cleared a ball to get 5 yards from hoop 3. Mike approaches the hoop, Phil misses the clearance, Mike runs hoop 3 by south of the peg to get on the board. Phil leads 2-1
12 Feb 2015 10:26AM (Tournament); 22 Readers
Phil takes good position, Mike is short with red, Phil takes good position with black also. Yellow shooting...
12 Feb 2015 10:27AM (Tournament); 21 Readers
Hamy 5-3 up in the second, just failed hoop 9
12 Feb 2015 10:27AM (Tournament); 22 Readers
Crash clears blue - runs on into the jaws of hoop 4!
Actually - he got the double clearance, and black is to the side of the hoop where it looks utterly harmless. Blue clips the wire of 4, but hasn't disturbed anything.
12 Feb 2015 10:28AM (Tournament); 22 Readers
Mike take position -just in case
Salah is in front of 10 and Will's shooting from near corner 4... lovely clearing shot
12 Feb 2015 10:29AM (Tournament); 20 Readers
Not a great tactical position from Mike - black clears red going in front of hoop 5 - yellow will stay put.
12 Feb 2015 10:29AM (Tournament); 21 Readers
After a good 20 yarder from Will, Salah misses a 9 yarder - that's a big turnaround. Black fails hoop 10 onto the wire and yellow plays up beautifully to 2 feet backfrom the line of where black is pinned on the wire.
12 Feb 2015 10:30AM (Tournament); 21 Readers
Blue has played to halfway, so has black, red next to the hoop, yellow tempted to stay put - Phil is a very good jumpshot player, but blue is very angled. Nope - runs hoop 4 2-2
12 Feb 2015 10:31AM (Tournament); 21 Readers
blue takes good position, red clears it centrally - good option, as black was in a good position to block the shot for yellow.
12 Feb 2015 10:32AM (Tournament); 20 Readers
Black plays in, yellow misses a 6 yarder.Will has cleared Salah from in front of 10, but Salah returns the complement, and Will clears red from the middle of east boundary. Nothing anywhere near hoop 10 now.
12 Feb 2015 10:33AM (Tournament); 20 Readers
(quick report from the distance lawn where i have a clear, but useless view of the scoreboard - Duncan and Tarek 2-2, and in a neutral position at hoop 5)
12 Feb 2015 10:33AM (Tournament); 21 Readers
Back in the decider between Phillip and Crash Phililp is now all over hoop 5
12 Feb 2015 10:34AM (Tournament); 21 Readers
Salah has hit another clearance, he's in front of hoop 10 with yellow and clears hoop black. Black clears yellow, but yellow's back in front - a bit short and long, but easily runnable
Behind us there was an almight crash, and the peg is in pieces! (this happened at Katikati yesterday with Mohamed Nasr playing also)
12 Feb 2015 10:35AM (Tournament); 22 Readers
blue plays in - giving yellow the offer of a clearance to hoop 11. Red plays in - not in front - missing an opportunity there!
Crash just just missed a clearance from the side boundary at a ball in front of 5 by about 3 feet, and Phil runs 5 by 3 yards Phil leads 3-2
12 Feb 2015 10:36AM (Tournament); 22 Readers
Duncan has taken the lead 3-2 - Lachlan Hughes up there leading the applause.
Just over half the eligible players have entered the plate competition, so good crowd here. Several of the Egyptians are trying out new metallic Australian mallets - Omar Fahmy has one of them and is putting it to the test in the plate
12 Feb 2015 10:37AM (Tournament); 23 Readers
Bit of blocking and clearing - Blue now the only ball near hoop 11 - it's in front of the hoop, and Salah looks a bit unsure about his clearance.
12 Feb 2015 10:38AM (Tournament); 25 Readers
Salah misses, and Will runs the hoop by inches to take a 6-4 lead.
_Up on lawn 4 Phil has missed a clearance and red is now in hoop 6. Black hits the wired from the north boundary and is lying all over blue - yellow can play to halfway to hoop 7 - but he's going for his double clearance.
12 Feb 2015 10:39AM (Tournament); 24 Readers
It looks like Hamy has won his match, so Chris is about second on.
12 Feb 2015 10:40AM (Tournament); 25 Readers
I'll stay with this to the end, probably, then watch Chris. I'm not on for a few matches into the next rotation.
12 Feb 2015 10:40AM (Tournament); 24 Readers
Salah takes angled position at 12, black is well short - not where what happened there - just lagged short apparently - very short. Yellow takes very good position, blue misses, and it's 6-6
12 Feb 2015 10:41AM (Tournament); 26 Readers
Black takes excellent position at 13 - lovely shot.
12 Feb 2015 10:41AM (Tournament); 25 Readers
Back on lawn 3 it's 3-3, and Phillip is in front of hoop 7/
Crash hits the clearance, and is in the jaws of hoop 7! He's only about 50-50 on his 8 yarders at the moment, but hits this well
12 Feb 2015 10:42AM (Tournament); 26 Readers
Salah shoots at black - misses. Blue plays up, shoots again with red ..he's talking after this, but the entire set of lawns slopes towards the west and he misses.
12 Feb 2015 10:42AM (Tournament); 29 Readers
12 Feb 2015 10:43AM (Tournament); 28 Readers
Crash runs 7 down to 8 - nice stroke
12 Feb 2015 10:44AM (Tournament); 24 Readers
Hi to Danny - conditions.. Stephen Morgan has joined us, says he has run two hoops from 16 yards, his oppo several from 10 yards. About 10.5 seconds speed, even coating of grass.
12 Feb 2015 10:45AM (Tournament); 24 Readers
Gentle smattering of thin cloud, I think it's quite warm
No sign of Mohamed Nasr and Chris is next up on lawn 1 against Walid Wahban
12 Feb 2015 10:46AM (Tournament); 24 Readers
Duncy is up 4-2 in game 2. He's gritty.
I blinked again! - Crash is now up 5-3 - this s a lot of pressure on Phil now!
12 Feb 2015 10:46AM (Tournament); 25 Readers
three very good approach shots to hoop 9, and Crash is shooting - blue and black are very close together, and yellow clears black. Blue for the hoop...
12 Feb 2015 10:47AM (Tournament); 26 Readers
_Phil missed most of these in game 1, got them all in game 2, and runs this well to the north boundary. There is a big wired area for Crash to aim for now Crash leads 5-4
12 Feb 2015 10:47AM (Tournament); 27 Readers
Red is poor - well right of the hoop, decent black, good yellow. Phil needs to hit this 8 yarder
12 Feb 2015 10:48AM (Tournament); 27 Readers
in the middle!
red plays back up, black will clear yellow (I think it's blocking)
12 Feb 2015 10:49AM (Tournament); 26 Readers
yellow plays half-way between black and the corner, blue has to clear this... misses
12 Feb 2015 10:50AM (Tournament); 26 Readers
We're back on lawn 3 for the decider - disastrous start for Will - attempted clearance of red from near corner 1 peels red!
12 Feb 2015 10:50AM (Tournament); 28 Readers
Crash fails hoop 10 for a 6-4 lead and black clears it. Yellow's now in front, but black is all over that. Blue takes position.
12 Feb 2015 10:51AM (Tournament); 28 Readers
It must be George Coulter behind me - haven't seen him since the U21 worlds
12 Feb 2015 10:52AM (Tournament); 29 Readers
LAwn 2 - Salah has got perfect position with red at 2 and Will is shooting from hoop 4 ... misses narrowly and Salah leads 2-0
12 Feb 2015 10:53AM (Tournament); 27 Readers
Back on lawn 4, yellow is right in front of the hoop, blue is jumping... looks good, but he's not claiming it. Black is angled, but has a clear shot - I think red will try to nudge yellow in front - no - just takes blocking position.
12 Feb 2015 10:54AM (Tournament); 28 Readers
blue tries the jump - second prize as yellow is cleared, but he's going to need to clear red with blue. Yellow should be playing back in front.
12 Feb 2015 10:55AM (Tournament); 27 Readers
Nice to meet Stephen Morgan finally - the 8th seeded player in his block qualified, but draw world number 1 Hamy Erian. This is only his 4th golf croquet tournament, and he has done great here.
12 Feb 2015 10:55AM (Tournament); 30 Readers
_Mike plays yellow in - blocks red's shot at the hoop!! Phil misses with blue, red plays to position, black hits teh double clearance - Phil's back!
12 Feb 2015 10:57AM (Tournament); 28 Readers
Yellow takes position, blue plays in, red clears blue. black plays in
12 Feb 2015 10:58AM (Tournament); 26 Readers
yellow takes better position (must have missed something there! - blue runs the hoop from about 17 yards!!! 5-5
12 Feb 2015 10:58AM (Tournament); 27 Readers
Stephen is a professional croquet coach! - at Florida in the winter and in Rhode Island in the summer. He's teh guy you want to visit - liked very near the centre in Florida! Good news is the AC worlds is in Florida next year. Hope I can get time off!!
12 Feb 2015 11:00AM (Tournament); 27 Readers
Mike takes position at 11, Phil takes position, Mike takes position, Phil clears red. Red moves black a little further away from the hoop - black plays back to unrunnable
12 Feb 2015 11:00AM (Tournament); 30 Readers
Sorry - forgot there was a came on lawn 3.. Salah is taking control there - Will misses a shortish shot to go 3-1 down, three balls approach hoop 5, Salah clears will, Will misses. Yellow is right in front of 5...
12 Feb 2015 11:01AM (Tournament); 31 Readers
Salah runs hoop 5 off the north boundary. 4-1
12 Feb 2015 11:01AM (Tournament); 30 Readers
Mike clears Phil again, Phil plays back to good position - Mike will need to run this hoop at this opportunity - nice shot - runs hoop 11 to 2 yards short of the peg ...Mike Crashley leads in the decider 6-5
12 Feb 2015 11:03AM (Tournament); 32 Readers
Blue takes position at 6, red plays perfectly to in front of it -must have had some hill to achieve that??
12 Feb 2015 11:03AM (Tournament); 33 Readers
Rachel has relocated to join us - lathering on some sunscreen
12 Feb 2015 11:03AM (Tournament); 31 Readers
Pierre came and reported some scary stuff on lawn 1 - Chris 2-0 down with Walid jumping him at hoop 2. More applause though as Chris has leveled that one.
12 Feb 2015 11:04AM (Tournament); 29 Readers
Blue clears red, red misses and Will runs hoop 6... Salah leads 4-2
12 Feb 2015 11:04AM (Tournament); 30 Readers
Phil has some control at hoop 12, and Mike misses a clearance. Phil now has a clearance on yellow to get up to 13 - and he's taking it on.
12 Feb 2015 11:05AM (Tournament); 32 Readers
Phil clears yellow - but it bounces off the peg, and black only goes as far as the peg.
12 Feb 2015 11:06AM (Tournament); 31 Readers
_Mike has a go at the hoop - bounces off the wire - it's 6-6!
12 Feb 2015 11:06AM (Tournament); 33 Readers
Walid has run a 45 degree hoop cleanly to take a 3-2 lead over Chris.
12 Feb 2015 11:06AM (Tournament); 32 Readers
Back on lawn 3, Will has taken on a 7 yard hoop 7 - fails it to hoop 4 (!)
12 Feb 2015 11:07AM (Tournament); 30 Readers
Salah takes position from the north boundary with red. Black nicks this from the side boundary. Yellow will take position from the north boundary - that's a good shot
_Mike takes position with red. Black clears!, Black to boundary north of hoop 3, red to corner 3 - that's a really good shot. Mike takes longish position with yellow - black is all over that. Blue takes good position - red needs to clear that to stay in the match!
12 Feb 2015 11:08AM (Tournament); 29 Readers
(sorry - missed final underline, that should all be italics)
12 Feb 2015 11:08AM (Tournament); 28 Readers
Red takes position inside blue - not sure if it's blocking - too hard to tell from this angle. Black clears yellow - it's not in position, but it's in control. Yellow playing back to block... gets good position, but not blocking
12 Feb 2015 11:09AM (Tournament); 25 Readers
blue clears red, but blue is straightish and south of the hoop - Crash is favourite if he can find the wire with red. Plays deep
12 Feb 2015 11:10AM (Tournament); 25 Readers
Back on 3, Will has failed hoop 7, and Salah runs it well Salah leds 5-2
Phil misses a 3-4 yard clearance on yellow!! - Mike has a shot for the hoop - about 3 yards
12 Feb 2015 11:11AM (Tournament); 25 Readers
Big upset here... Mike Crashley beats Phillip Drew 7-6 2-7 7-6 This ends a really good run fro Phillip in this tournament, and is an impressive result for Mike.
12 Feb 2015 11:12AM (Tournament); 28 Readers
Back to lawn 3 as Salah has cleared Will to east of hoop 3 with yellow, red is in front of hoop 8 - good clearance.
12 Feb 2015 11:13AM (Tournament); 26 Readers
That's one player who finished 4th in his block through to the second round of the KO.
12 Feb 2015 11:13AM (Tournament); 25 Readers
Salah and Will still competing for hoop 8. I might be next on, so this won't go the distance.
12 Feb 2015 11:15AM (Tournament); 24 Readers
Will plays a great clearance from near the east boundary - hits red in the middle. Red plays back, black plays in, yellow clears black powerfully - both balls towards the south boundary
12 Feb 2015 11:16AM (Tournament); 24 Readers
blue takes position - red has a 3-4 yarder... bounces out.
Chris is 4-3 ahead
12 Feb 2015 11:17AM (Tournament); 23 Readers
Will taking position, blue is all over red.
Think I'm on next - off to the loo!
12 Feb 2015 11:17AM (Tournament); 21 Readers
sorry - I'm outta here!
12 Feb 2015 11:18AM (Tournament); 22 Readers
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