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Ok, we've got to do something to pass the afternoon - I've stumbled across Phillip Drew v Tony Stephens in the Bowl - the consolation knockout event for 1st-round losers from the main event.
13 Feb 2015 4:26PM (Tournament); 13 Readers
Not sure how long I have battery for, but i'm off to the bar when this runs out.
We join the action with Tony leading 7-4, and the score at 3-3
13 Feb 2015 4:26PM (Tournament); 14 Readers
Phillip runs hoop 7 - and it bounces out of hoop 8! Phil leads 4-3
13 Feb 2015 4:26PM (Tournament); 15 Readers
Lots of people didn't continue into the Bowl of Shield - including me - i wanted to watch the Quarters - particularly Chris - and soak in the tactics for my own game, and to get some ideas for coaching.
13 Feb 2015 4:27PM (Tournament); 13 Readers
Phil is probably regretting being in the Bowl now - he dropped a game against Anne Quinn, and is now game down against Tony Stephens. And he has missed seeing some wonderful croquet
13 Feb 2015 4:28PM (Tournament); 13 Readers
And he has just missed hoop 8 with yellow
Red's in front of the hoop also - but Tony runs 8 from miles back
Red takes good position at the critical 9th hoop
13 Feb 2015 4:29PM (Tournament); 13 Readers
Black clears. Yellow takes good position, but black is staring it down from the short boundary
13 Feb 2015 4:29PM (Tournament); 12 Readers
Blue plays a great shot hiding behind yellow - and red matches him getting between blue and hoop 9!
13 Feb 2015 4:30PM (Tournament); 11 Readers
Black needs to clear...clears yellow to the middle of the south boundary
13 Feb 2015 4:30PM (Tournament); 12 Readers
on lawn 1 somethign exciting is happening: Pete Landrebe is game-all and 3-3 against Egyptian great Mohamed Nasr!
13 Feb 2015 4:31PM (Tournament); 13 Readers
Back to us... Phil clears blue - bit it cannons onto red and moves that away too.
Blue plays back deepish - not deep enough for my liking
Red takes tight position
Black clears it.
Yellow is waiting on the short boundary to sort out blue..
13 Feb 2015 4:32PM (Tournament); 13 Readers
Good shot - yellow is on the south boundary just inside the 4-5 offside marker, Blue is miles away
Blue comes back...
way too far
13 Feb 2015 4:33PM (Tournament); 13 Readers
red plays in deep
black plays in - easy clearance for yellow - which approaches its hoop
Mohamed Nasr is 4-3 up and has just cleared Pete with black in front of 8 - Pete clears black
13 Feb 2015 4:34PM (Tournament); 13 Readers
lots of clearances - noone anywhere near hoop 9 on lawn 2 now
13 Feb 2015 4:34PM (Tournament); 12 Readers
Of 35 fantasy teams I'm going to be in the top 22 - quite a feat for me!
13 Feb 2015 4:35PM (Tournament); 14 Readers
Black plays in deepish, yellow plays in. Blue has a northwards clearance - rushes red into corner 3! - straighter might have given a wire, but you can't argue with distance
Red shoots - misses. Tony has a 4 yarder to take the lead. only slightly angled.
13 Feb 2015 4:36PM (Tournament); 14 Readers
Runs that crucial hoop 9 by 3 yards Tony leads 5-4
13 Feb 2015 4:37PM (Tournament); 13 Readers
Phillip plays yellow up - overhits it a bit - and nearly runs the hoop!
13 Feb 2015 4:37PM (Tournament); 12 Readers
Mohammed Nasr runs hoop 9 to take a 5-4 lead over Pete
Tony plays blue wide and east. Phillip plays red west and overhits it
13 Feb 2015 4:38PM (Tournament); 14 Readers
Black has a huge target here...
Nudges yellow towards the hoop - it hits the leg and gently bounces back - not runnable, but Phillip now well in control
Phillip plays back - doesn't want to leave the billiards champion an in-off
13 Feb 2015 4:39PM (Tournament); 14 Readers
yellow has gone too wide - it's open to black
13 Feb 2015 4:39PM (Tournament); 15 Readers
Blue plays in - red clears it gently
Black plays back - he'll let Phil shoot to tie - crazy?
Phillip bounces out of hoop 10
blue has a clearance to give himself a 3 yard slightly-angled hoop.
13 Feb 2015 4:40PM (Tournament); 14 Readers
Doesn't hit all of it and ends up on the west boundary
Great shot by Phillip clears black and leaves red in front of the hoop.
Black shoots at it's 4-5 yarder - misses!
Yellow will try to block blue? - no - just takes straight position. Blue is a very long away away
13 Feb 2015 4:41PM (Tournament); 14 Readers
Clean contact - misses.
13 Feb 2015 4:41PM (Tournament); 13 Readers
Red runs hoop 10 5-5
Black under approaches
13 Feb 2015 4:42PM (Tournament); 12 Readers
Yellow to good position
Blue goes too far
13 Feb 2015 4:43PM (Tournament); 12 Readers
Red takes good position
13 Feb 2015 4:43PM (Tournament); 11 Readers
Black clears yellow - will phil take on the 11 yarder??
13 Feb 2015 4:43PM (Tournament); 13 Readers
Mohamed Nasr is 6-4 up in teh decider with Pete
Phil plays back in
Blue dribbles in front of red - nicely played shot
Red jumping? - no - clears blue - Phillip now well in control here - that's what you get for not taking position in a match at this level
13 Feb 2015 4:44PM (Tournament); 13 Readers
Black plays back in. Yellow at the hoop...
13 Feb 2015 4:44PM (Tournament); 14 Readers
Runs it well - off the south boundary . Ball girl Robyn Black back into action
Phillip leads 6-4
13 Feb 2015 4:45PM (Tournament); 13 Readers
nope Phillip leads 6-5
13 Feb 2015 4:45PM (Tournament); 15 Readers
Blue is short again!! - unrunnable
Phil has gone too far also
13 Feb 2015 4:45PM (Tournament); 16 Readers
Maybe intentional there
Black takes 2 inch position from up at hoop 11
13 Feb 2015 4:46PM (Tournament); 16 Readers
Phil needs to clear this...
Shoots at blue - looked like he needed to restalk that, as he twitched his feet around a lot. Misses to the north boundary.
Tony now has a clearance on red gettngn up to hoop 13 - this is a huge opportunity
13 Feb 2015 4:47PM (Tournament); 16 Readers
Probably got the wrong side of it really, as it's red that goes behind hoop 3, but he did get distance from that.
13 Feb 2015 4:47PM (Tournament); 17 Readers
Phil can see black - shooting - hope he doesn't rush-peel this!
Hits the left-hand wire of hoop 12 and bounces back to right behind black. This hoop looks difficult
13 Feb 2015 4:48PM (Tournament); 17 Readers
Tony bends over, slight jump 6-6
Yellow is offside.
Looks like black and red, which are very close to hoop 12, can both easily get to hoop 13
13 Feb 2015 4:48PM (Tournament); 18 Readers
Yellow plays up - it's a bit angled, but runnable
13 Feb 2015 4:49PM (Tournament); 18 Readers
Blue goes deep, red's a shocker and unrunnable, black's ok, but yellow can clear taht - I think yellow will take on its hoop though
13 Feb 2015 4:50PM (Tournament); 18 Readers
yup... angled hoo p13..
Lawn 1 is empty - Mohamed Nasr must have won that
13 Feb 2015 4:50PM (Tournament); 17 Readers
Blue to play - might clear red - will probably go for the hoop...
13 Feb 2015 4:51PM (Tournament); 18 Readers
hits the left-hand wire and bounces off to the middle of the south boundary - poor stroke - forced that one a bit
13 Feb 2015 4:51PM (Tournament); 17 Readers
Phil clears black - only adds a couple of yards to the shot.
Another 7 yarder - pretty straight...
13 Feb 2015 4:51PM (Tournament); 16 Readers
Forces it again - misses left this time.
13 Feb 2015 4:52PM (Tournament); 15 Readers
Phil tries to take position with yellow - goes too far!!!
He can't believe it
Blue playing back from the south boundary
doesn't go off the boundary - quite deep though
13 Feb 2015 4:52PM (Tournament); 14 Readers
Red takes position - didn't get up the slope
13 Feb 2015 4:53PM (Tournament); 15 Readers
Black playing up - deep
Yellow takes lovely tight position
Tony might try to jump this
13 Feb 2015 4:53PM (Tournament); 16 Readers
My battery says it has an hour 21 left - I don't believe it!
Tony could see the hoop!!
13 Feb 2015 4:54PM (Tournament); 16 Readers
Fails it again
Red for the hoop - fails it into the front
Tony can try to clear yellow, but huge likelihood of putting yellow through. Jumping...
Good attempt - but fails. Yellow can rush-peel red...
13 Feb 2015 4:54PM (Tournament); 15 Readers
Phil wins game 2 7-6
13 Feb 2015 4:55PM (Tournament); 15 Readers
Might need beer if I'm to watch much more of this
referee "would you like your hoops hammered" ... Phil "yip'
I'd like a beer, and loo break. Back soon.
13 Feb 2015 4:55PM (Tournament); 14 Readers
Back. with information...
13 Feb 2015 5:14PM (Tournament); 12 Readers
Great - my beer just got kicked over. Just great.
13 Feb 2015 5:14PM (Tournament); 13 Readers
The brief taste of it was really nice though
13 Feb 2015 5:15PM (Tournament); 13 Readers
Semi finals tomorrow... kickoff at 11am. Chris Clarke v Hamy Erian, lawn 3, Ahmed El Mahdi v Stephen Mulliner, lawn 2
9am for the losers from the quarter finals - let's see how many of them are keen. Shoukry v Ahmed Nasr, Salah v Reg
13 Feb 2015 5:16PM (Tournament); 12 Readers
Back on lawn 2, with my enthusiasm waning as my beer slowly seeps into the concrete, Phillip leads 4-2
Black was near hoop 7, so Phil plays off the north boudary. Things are getting quite skatey out there now. Another week or sunshine and mowing and we'd be in business!
13 Feb 2015 5:17PM (Tournament); 11 Readers
Black takes position, yellow takes position, blue clears
Red clearing - good shot - nearly gets the in-off - but in the end red is next to the hoop.
Black clears red - hits teh wrong side of it, and black is on the side boundary and red is north of 7
13 Feb 2015 5:18PM (Tournament); 11 Readers
yellow takes position. blue takes position, red clears blue. Black seems to have taken position - yellow runs the hoop 5-2.
I'm out of here - a really fun day today.
13 Feb 2015 5:19PM (Tournament); 11 Readers
Back tomorrwo around 10am
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