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New Zealand vs USA Hoopball World Championship

Hello again from Country Club Johannesburg! Today we have the first day of the semi-finals of the GC World Team Championships. 

 

 

Jarrod Coutts

Courtside Couttsie

I will be doing my best to provide some commentary of NZ vs USA along with the occasional update of England vs Egypt.

NZ vs USA

Court 2:

Duncan and Mike vs. (1 & 4) vs. Ben and Sherif (1 & 4)

Court 3:

Hamish vs. Mohammad (2 vs 3)

G1: Hamish runs the first hoop by mm to take the first point of the match!

Court 4:

Phillip vs David (3 vs. 2)




Court 2:

Duncan and Mike vs. (1 & 4) vs. Ben and Sherif (1 & 4)

G1: USA take a 3-1 lead after a 15Y H2 from Ben  and anothe good 4Y H4 from Ben again. Some good clearances so far from Sherif. NZ taking really good position at hoops so far.

NZ ties it up 3-3 with Duncan (R) running 5 and into the jaws of 6

Court 3:

Hamish vs. Mohammad (2 vs 3)

G1 Hamish takes a 4-2 lead but a good clearance from Mohammad at 7 while obtaining a block results in USA running H7 by 5 yards to claw it back to 4-3 in NZ's favour.
Court 4:

Phillip vs David (3 vs. 2)

G1 2-2 early in the match, good clearances from both players at 5 and the battle has been on at that hoop for nearly 10 minutes now. 

 



Court 2:

Duncan and Mike vs. (1 & 4) vs. Ben and Sherif (1 & 4)

G1: USA take a 3-1 lead after a 15Y H2 from Ben  and anothe good 4Y H4 from Ben again. Some good clearances so far from Sherif. NZ taking really good position at hoops so far.

NZ ties it up 3-3 with Duncan (R) running 5 and into the jaws of 6

Court 3:

Hamish vs. Mohammad (2 vs 3)

G1 Hamish takes a 4-2 lead but a good clearance from Mohammad at 7 while obtaining a block results in USA running H7 by 5 yards to claw it back to 4-3 in NZ's favour.
Court 4:

Phillip vs David (3 vs. 2)

G1 2-2 early in the match, good clearances from both players at 5 and the battle has been on at that hoop for nearly 10 minutes now. 



Court 2:

Duncan and Mike vs. (1 & 4) vs. Ben and Sherif (1 & 4)

USA takes the first game 7-6 with a brilliant comeback. H13 was a great battle with both teams hitting some fantastic shots. NZ failed a 7Y hoop approach and Sherif later on played a good cut clearance on Mike, the 16y return was missed and Ben glided through his 3 yarder to take the game.

USA 1 Game to 0

Court 3:

Hamish vs. Mohammad (2 vs 3)

Hamish took the first 7-4 after some long range misses by Mohammad. The second game is over and done with after some fantastic shots from Mohammed including some long range hoops and good clearances to level  it up with a 7-1 win.

G3 has just begun and I have the feeling it will be a close match.

Court 4:

Phillip vs David (3 vs. 2)

David tied it up 5-5 after a couple of failed hoops from Phil. Phil took great position with B at 11, R missed to the WB, K played for the block and must have got some of it as Y shot at 11 and ran it down to 12! Great shot David. Phillip tied it up 6-6 and we were set for another encounter at 13. After a failed 6Y hoop from Bent Phillip took a clearance to take control of the hoop. Bent ignored Phill 3y position and ran his other 6y hoop to close out the first game 7-6.

G2 is currently tied at 2-2

Egypt have won the second game 7-4 to take the rubber 2-0 against Mulliner and Goodbun




Court 2:

Duncan and Mike vs. (1 & 4) vs. Ben and Sherif (1 & 4)

G1 USA 7-6

G2 3-3

NZ in control at 7

Court 3:

Hamish vs. Mohammad (2 vs 3)

G1 Hamish 7-4
G2 Mohammad 7-1

G3 Mohammad (R/Y) leading 3-2.

H6
Y just played a 10Y clearance on B to the SB level with 1>  R an K 1y position. B shoots at R... likes it for a while, but floats to the right to the SB.
R fails 1y hoop off the RH wire.
K sails through to the NB

3-3

Court 4:

Phillip vs David (3 vs. 2)

G1 Bent 7-6

Phillip leading 4-2 and just hit his 9y clearance at 7 to make it even money for the hoop. Good shot phil! 


 



Court 2:

Duncan and Mike vs. (1 & 4) vs. Ben and Sherif (1 & 4)

G1 USA 7-6

NZ won the crucial hoop 7 to take a 4-3 lead. However Mike got unlucky on a 7Y clearance at 8 where he rushpeeled Ben through the hoop from 2y out to give USA first go at 9. NZ plays some good clearances and it is anyone hoop.

Court 3:

Hamish vs. Mohammad (2 vs 3)

G1 Hamish 7-4
G2 Mohammad 7-1

Hamish wins 7 to take it to 4-3 in NZ favour. Mohammed plays very well and has a rush peel being able to get accross to 9 if Hamish misses from the NB level with 2.. Shot looks good.... its hilling...still hilling.. very unlucky shot for NZ as the ball comes round by over a yard to rush peel R to tie it up 4-4 and give Y first play at 9. Hamish hits the clearance and 9 is very open.

Court 4:

Phillip vs David (3 vs. 2)

G1 Bent 7-6

Phillip playing well and in control 6-4 up... Bent has just run 11 by a foot to peg it back to 6-5 in NZ's favour.

H12

B (Phil) takes 3y position
R takes 1ft position.. possibly blocking but looks like and easy clearance for B on R to C4
K clears Y to the WB level with 12 and K finishes on the WB level with 2. Maybe red isnt runnable and B fancies his chance at 12
Y lining up the shot at B... David has a very solid gentle clearance game. This time, shoots harder and misses by a few inches to finish on the EB level 2y S of peg.
B 3y hoop to tie it up..fails to 6 inches giving red a 1ft clearance




Court 2:

Duncan and Mike vs. (1 & 4) vs. Ben and Sherif (1 & 4)

G1 USA 7-6

Court 3:

Hamish vs. Mohammad (2 vs 3)

G1 Hamish 7-4
G2 Mohammad 7-1

G3

Hamish 5-4 up.. good position by Mohammed.. few rotations later Mush plays a good 8y clearance, M misses the return 14 yarder and Hamish goes 6-4 up. Both M's balls in good position at 11.. H has good position but misses through the gap.

R has a chance to peg it back to 5-6.. clears instead..

Commentator got very distracted with H13 between Phil an David... not sure how it happened but ended up with a bunch of hampered balls, Hamish runs his 1 footer to take the game and match!

NZ 1 USA 0


Court 4:

Phillip vs David (3 vs. 2)

G1 Bent 7-6

Bent jawes R when clearing B
Few rotations later scores the hoop with Y on the SB

H13
K Takes 2.5y position.. Great shot Phil!
Y shoots at K.. Misses to 1y W of c3 on the NB
B takes 2y position.. hoop still looks open on K!
R llining up the shot.. misses to the NB
K 3y hoop to tie it all up.. Fails to 5y NEE (wront term I know) of 13
Y taking his time to line up the shot on B... 1/2 balls it with Y finishing 3y E of 2 and blue 4Y SW of 13
B plays for the block on R.. likes it!!
R clears B with B landing 1ft W of 13 and R possibly on the RH wire
K Plays to 1.5y position.. from here looks 1ft e rather than straight in front
Y shoots at K...... looks close but misses to the EB
B plays a stoppo on red and lands 1ft in front of 13 with R on the EB

Problem with these lawns is.. the 7y return only becomes a 6 yarder due to such a hampered backswing by teh fence

R shoots at K.. snicks it, looks like K cannot run the hoop due to position of B so plays the block on Y to K.. looks like he has got it but only 1ft apart to chance for Y to get a double clearance. R finished on the NB level with 2 
Y lining it up.. please not an in off! Taking his time.. stalks the ball... 1/2 balls blue! block mustnt have been on! Y finishes 3y off the NB level with 6
B takes 1y position.. not even trying for the block on R to K?
R.. another big shot for Bent... misses by 2 inches to the left
K fails 2ft hoop.. finishes 1ft in front.. unsure if K is blocking B
Y looks like it is lining up B.. B must be open on hoop.. Y taking his time to decide.. yes shooting at B.., NO, takes 3y position.. B lining up the hoop.. must be just open!
B looked like it had a gente go at the hoop, snicked K an knocks it out of position
R misses K to NB level with 2
K takes 2 inch position blocking Y
Y takes on the jump.. looks good... outside wire!
B plays 1y block on R - K
R shoots.. hits B but nothing bumps into K
K runs 6inch hoop to tie it up to force the decider!

If my heart was beating flat out from the sideline.. I'd hate to think what the players are like!


Bent leads Drew 4-3. Drew tied it up 3-3 then his clearance at 7 rushed cut bent into the Jaws. All on at H8


Phillip takes game 3 7-6 to give him the rubber win 6-7, 7-6, 7-6.

Congratulations and commiserations to David on an extremely close good quality match.

G3 went hoop for hoop. David ran 7 after Phil cut him into the jaws, Phil won H8 to tie it up 4-4. Phil played some good clearance shots and after a long failed hoop from Bent ran 9 to take a 5-4 lead for Phil. H10 went to Phil after an unfortunate clearance by David to give Phillip a clearance to a LB. David ran a great 6y H11 with Phills next shot 2y in front to claw back to 5-6 and after he ran 12 is was off to 13 for the 3rd consecutive time.

H13
K to 5.5Y position
Y shoots and misses to 3yW of C3
B to 1y angled position
R ran H12 by 1ft so its best position was on the EB level with 13
K takes 1y position blocking Y from B
Y takes on the 8y hoop and bounced off the LH wire to 8Y SE of 4
B takes 1ft position wired from Y as well as ensure R couldn't get an in off from the EB - good shot Phil!
R hits K
K takes 1y position
Y misses B
B runs the Hoop

NZ 2 USA 1

Currently in play.

Mike vs Mohammad on C1

G1 is currently 3-3

Hamish vs Rothman is just about to get underway on court 4

Phil is off to lunch with myself and Duncan is waiting to play Bent after lunch.

Come on Kiwis!!!

After lunch will provide a score update for Egypt vs England 


Court 1:

Mike vs Mohammad

G1 7-5 to Mohammad

Court 2:

Duncan vs David

G1 Duncan leading 2-0

Court 3

Phillip vs Sherif

G1 Phillip leading 3-2

Make that 4-2 just ran 6 from 12 yards!

Court 4

Hamish vs Ben

G1 Hamish has just ran 8 to make it 4-4 in

Court 5 (where I can't see)

I have just heard (an hope its correct!) that Stephen took the second game 7-4 to level it up. Is this the start of the England comeback? Currently 3-1 Egypt. Looking forward to seeing Will playing Ahmed Nasr later this afternoon. Currently 2.30pm and about 26 degrees. 


Another contensious decision from a referee in the match against Hamish and Ben in such a critical stage of the game. Congratulations for such excellent sportsmanship from both players with neither wanting to advantage themselves/disadvantage the opposition. Although an honest mistake at the time (moving a ball after it had have been called a fault without asking the opposition if he would like to keep it there or have it back and being unable to tell the original position, was it through the hoop giving Hamish a 6-4 lead, or did it give Ben an easy clearance since he had a ball N of 10 and another in jumping position) I hope that there aren't to many more decisions which may have major implications later in the event and is not what we want the tournament to be remembered by (because so far, the SA association along with the management committee is doing an amazing job.)

In the end justice was served as Hamish ran a 9y hoop the following shot to take a 6-4 lead. After a few rotations Hamish managed to Jaws 11 and after a good clearance leaving Ben with a 15y Jump  which missed resulting in Hamish taking the first game 7-5.

Phillip is game up (7-5) against Sherif while Mohammad is game up against Mike (7-5) and is is 2-2 in 2G2

Duncan has just taken a 4-3 lead against Bent in G1


Court 1:

Mike vs Mohammad

G1 7-5 to Mohammad

G2 4-4 with both players having a good chance at H10

Court 2:

Duncan vs David

G1 Duncan leading 6-4

Court 3

Phillip vs Sherif

G1 Phillip won 7-5

G2 Phillip leading 6-5.. sorry now 6 all. Will give you a bal by ball for H13

R (P) to YW of 13 and about a 15 degrees angle - possible to jaws maybe?
K to 3y position
R to 4y position
B to 2.5y position - maybe blocking K from hoop
R to 6inch position - blocking B from the hoop
K clears Y to NB giving Phil a 5y clearance on B
Y hits B 1/2 ball sending B to the EB 2y south of 13.. bit 9 yarder for Sherif with Y finishing 3yN of SB level with 5
B plays gentle clearance at R... misses to the NB level with 6
R jawses the hoop... unsure if he was trying to run it.
K has a 7y jump for the game.. enough bounce but to the right amd finishes on the SB
Y plays back to 6y position
K has a shot at R.. good effort but rush peels R

Phillip takes the game and match 7-5 7-6

NZ 3 USA 1

Court 4

Hamish vs Ben

G1 Hamish has just ran 8 to make it 4-4 in 


Good morning and welcome to day 5 of the GC World Team Championships. It is day 2 of the semi-finals and in the best of 13 rubbers (b.o.3) the standings are;

NZ 5 USA 2

Egypt 4 England 2

Today NZ and USA will play 6 matches with 4 being ranked singles and 2 being ranked doubles (just highest nominated pairing, not 1 & 2 etc) while Egypt and England will play 7 matches, 1 doubles (1 & 4 seeded players) and 6 singles.

It is another stunning day in Joburg although I have been warned that there is the potential for some more storms later in the afternoon - lets hope they aren't bad enough to stop the matches and cause all players to go inside.

The players have completed their warmups and play is about to begin.

On Court 1 we have Hamish and Phil vs. Ben and Sherif

On Court 5 we have Duncan and Mike vs David and Mohammad.

I am picking both of these matches to be very close. It will really make things interesting if USA manage to win both of these matches as this will close the gap to 5-4 in NZ's favour.

Will update after the first couple of hoops on both rubbers have been scored. 


Court 1; Hamish (B) and Phil (K) vs. Ben (Y) and Sherif (R)

G1 NZ wins the first hoop before USA makes it 1-1 fairly quickly. A good clearance at 3 gives Y first go at the hoop.. fails a 4 yarder. B takes tight position and R plays a great clearance from 9 yards on the NB with the addition of the in off to give USA a 2-1 lead. NZ ties it up 2-2. K misses the 12 yarder at Y and Y jawses the hoop. B removes R to stay near the hoop. R comes back and K clears Y out of the jaws from the WB level with 2, great shot Phil! Even money on h5 now.

Court 5;  Duncan (B) and Mike (K) vs David (R) and Mohammad (Y).

This has the potential to be a marathon rubber as both teams like to discuss their options and play more of a defensive gentle clearance style of game.

NZ takes an early 2-0 lead and K has just run a good 2y angled hoop to give NZ a 3-0 lead early in the game.

Egypt are up 5-4 in the doubles, Ahmed N is just about to take the first 7-5 against Jacob and Will has a 2-1 lead against Ahmed with hoop 4 being a good battle so far


Court 1; Hamish (B) and Phil (K) vs. Ben (Y) and Sherif (R)

R runs a good angled H5 to take a 3-2 lead. K fails a 3y h6 after R cleared B to the NB - I like that option from the Kiwis just a shame about the result.

H7

B takes 1ft position
R takes 6y position
K takes 3y NW position
Y clears B to the WB
B takes 1ft NE position - hoop open on red
R runs 6y hoop off the NB

5-2 USA

NZ has just clawed it back to 3-5. Big hoop 9 for both teams


Court 5;  Duncan (B) and Mike (K) vs David (R) and Mohammad (Y).

K has just run H6 to give NZ a 5-1 lead in this game. Duncan looks like he is in form early in the day which is a great sign for NZ. Really looking forward to him vs. Ben in the singles this afternoon.

Just looked over and again B had played a good clearance, R misses and K runs 7 by 3 yards to give NZ a 6-1 lead

3-3 Will vs Ahmed,

Ahmed takes the first 7-5 and they have been on H1 for about 10 mins

6-6 in the Eng/Egy doubles with Egypt taking 1ft position at 13 with the first shot.. unless Stephen or James can clear it should be all over

B to 1ft position
R (S) shoots... likes it! one leg goes in the air it must be close... looks like it missed by mm!
K takes 3y position ensureing it doesn't get in the way of B
Y lining up she shot, likes it.. nope, looks like it missed by an inch of 2
B thrashes at the hoop, it comes off the wire but then spins back through to run it by 6 inches


Match Score NZ 5 USA 2

Court 1; Hamish (B) and Phil (K) vs. Ben (Y) and Sherif (R)

G1 USA 7-6

G2 USA takes a 3-1 lead after a good tussle at 3. NZ had control but Sherif played a fantastic 7y cut clearance and Ben ran the hoop. NZ agaub looked in control at 4 untill Ben runs a 12y hoop. Another good shot from the American. Rothman misses the clearance at 5 with the 4th ball, B takes on the 2 yarder and runs it by a yard.

Court 5;  Duncan (B) and Mike (K) vs David (R) and Mohammad (Y).

G1 NZ 7-1

G2 NZ 6-1 and looking very comfortable. However, you should never say never in this silly game! The biggest difference between the teams is that NZ's gentle clearances are hitting in the middle and staying in the hoop. USA has been more competetive than the scores reflect so far but NZ just keeps coming back and taking good position. Some great stuff from the Kiwis.

USA scores 8 to make it 6-2 NZ

Around the grounds.

Ahmed beats Will 7-5, 7-4 to give Egypt a 6 - 2 Match lead.

Egypt is 5-1 up in the doubles and will be hoping to close out the match and be the first team to make it into the finals. However, its definitely not over yet as England look to be in control at 7 


Match Score NZ 6 USA 2

Court 1; Hamish (B) and Phil (K) vs. Ben (Y) and Sherif (R)

G1 USA 7-6

G2 USA take a 4-2 lead after an accidental rush peel by Phil - K also lands S of 7. Y takes position, B misses his 12 yarder so it should be 5-2 USA - no, Y finishes in the jaws. NZ will have to goes at jump from 7 yards.

Hamish has the first go at the 7 yarder, great contact and power, bounces off the upright off the first bounce. Very good effort on the soft ground at the venue. R plays to half way, Phils turn now.

Hits it with power, likes the look of it! Bounce is good, Hits the top of the crown, bangs back onto Y knocks it out of the hoop, and K continues through!!!! GREAT SHOT DREW!!!!! Brings it back to 4-3 in USA's favour. That will get the adrenaline pumping for the Kiwi!




Court 5;  Duncan (B) and Mike (K) vs David (R) and Mohammad (Y).

G1 NZ 7-1

G2 NZ 7-3

Duncan and Mike closed out the game and the match with some good positional taking and hoop running to give NZ a vital point and take the match to 6-2 in NZ's favour.

Doubles - Egypt vs England

England were 5-1 down untill Mulliner runs 7 to make it 5-2 Egypt. K takes good position and Goodbun runs a 25y hoop to make it 5-3 Egypt. A good tussle at 9 followed by a good cut clearance from Mulliner a missed return from Egypt and another good hoop from Goodbun makes it 5-4 Egypt, its not over yet folks!!

H10
B takes good position
R takes 6 yard position
K does something - can't remember what sorry!!
Y clears B
B misses the return
R runs the 6 yarder, good shot Mulliner! 5-5 its all on!

Good position with the first 3 balls at 11 - possibly a block

R misses K as it runs into B first, might have had half a ball?

H12

Egypt have 2 balls in front..  good clearance from Mulliner keeps them alive!

Focusing on 2 games is very hard and worried that the battery on the laptop is about to die so will send this update away and hopefully not keep those who are following hanging. Brilliant battles in  both games. 


Goodbun misses a 15 yarder at B, looked close!
B runs the hoop to give Egypt the match win and send them through to the final with a 7-2 lead. A great match from both Countries.

USA 5-3 up and a good clearance from the Americans after great position at 9 from Phil means it is all on at 9


Apologies about the delay, a number of things happened.. dead laptop, exciting game, no internet access and of course the critical thing... Lunch! Ben and Sherif continued there strong doubles combination to take out the match 7-6 and 7-5 in the second game. After scores being tied 5-5 in G2 NZ turned down a 2y hoop  to take the lead, the American team hit some good shots and Sherif ran what we thought was an unrunable hoop (due to a block by the Kiwis). This took them 6-5 lead and after a good tussle at 12 Phil continued with his run of generosity and rush peeled Sherif through his 2y hoop on a 7y clearance. It was a bit of an anti climax to the ending of the game, but it was a great match with some very skillfull performances by all players none the less.

Current score

NZ 6 USA 2

This means there is everything to play for in the 4 singles games this afternoon with both teams still trying to get to 7 an meet Egypt in the final over the next 2 days.

Court 1:

Hamish (B/K) vs David (R/Y)

G1 Bent takes 2-1 lead after a good block shot at 3 and Hamish missing his 7y hoop which he was forced to take on rather than the 4y clearance with his partner sitting nice and close.

Y runs 3 off the boundary

H4
B takes wired position from Y 2ft in front of the hoop as well as getting a block on R from the hoop - great shot mush!
R shoots at B.. just misses to the right to the SB
K takes wired position from R 1y out
Y takes position rather than trying to go back through the hoop
B runs the hoop

H5
R takes 3y position
K overhits and takes position 4y SW
Y takes 1ft position
B takes 1y position - looks close to a block on R from the hoop
R runs the hoop by 2yds

H6
K takes 1y position
Y is wired from K so runs the hoop but runs if off the NB
B goes halfway between 6 and 7 - R must be wired through the peg
R shoots.. its curling around? misses and goes 5y N 6
K runs the hoop, runs it into R an richochets off to the NB level with 7 - I'd be impressed if he could do that one again!

H7
Y takes on his 8Y angled shot at the hoop from the NB, gently bounces off RH wire and finishes 3y W of 7
B takes 5y position - good option from the Kiwi
R tries to take 1ft position but falls short and ends up 3y NE of the hoop
K has a go at the 7 yarder and bounces of the LH upright to finish 2yW of 6 - I like taking position and forcing R an Y to hit something
Y takes 1y position
B has a go at his 5 yarder (probably closer to 6) bounces of the LH wire to 4y SE of 7



Court 4

Mike (B/K) vs Sherif (R/Y)

Mike leads G1 1-0 - Sherif injured a finger due a limited backswing by the short boundary, was very unlucky and the bird netting blew forward in the wind during the swing resulting in him catching his mallet on a powerful forwardswing. After 10 mins he is back out there again, hopefully this doesn't affect his performance to much!

Court 5

Phillip (B/K) vs Mohammad (R/Y)

Just turned round to see Phil run H4 to establish a 4-0 lead for the Kiwi

Waiting for a lawn; Duncan vs Ben 


Court 1:

Hamish (B/K) vs David (R/Y)

G1 Hamish is 4-3 up and currently even money on H8 with Hamish having 1 ball in control and David about to attempt a 9y clearance.

A few hoops later Hamish has the lead 5-4 up. Dent facing a 10y clearance or it might be 6-4.. not sure how much of a target he has. Hits 3/4 ball. Good shot from the American

Court 4

Mike (B/K) vs Sherif (R/Y)

It looks like Sherif's injury is having some problems for him, an injury break after Mike was 3-0 up and hopefully some strapping will help.

10 Minutes later I look back and Mike has taken the first game 7-1

NZ 1 Game away from qualifying for the Final! I don't like speaking to soon but it looks promising for the Kiwi side.
Court 5

Phillip (B/K) vs Mohammad (R/Y)

Phillip is continueing his good run of form an takes the first 7-1. Mohammad hit a few more shots at the end of the game so I think G2 will be a lot closer.

Court 3:

Ben takes a 2-0 lead in G1 


Court 1:

Hamish (B/K) vs David (R/Y)

G1 NZ 7-5

Court 4

Mike (B/K) vs Sherif (R/Y)

G1 NZ 7-1

G2 Sherif leads 2-1

Court 5

Phillip (B/K) vs Mohammad (R/Y)

G1 NZ 7-1

G2 As expected Mohammad has come back with a fire in his belly and leads the 2nd 3-0. Some good clearances have kept him with a chance at H4 but Phillip does the right thing and just keeps coming back.

K an Y are in position
B misses a 10y at Y to the NB
R clears K to the SB and R finishes up on the WB 4yN of C1
K musn't think Y will run the hoop as takes 1y position
Y takes the safe option and clears K with a 1y stoppo, only hits 3/4 of a ball and Y finishes 5y NW of the hoop with K finsihing 5y NE of C1
B takes position 3y NE of 4
R takes position but goes to far and finishes 2y NEE of 4
Y having a go at his hoop for a 4-0 lead... takes his time lining up the shot. Shuffles feet into position, powerful shot! into RH upright, bounces back to 1ft position
B grovels through 4 and gets the kiwis on the board

H5
R takes 1y position
K centres R to the EB peg high and stays 5y SW of 5 - good shot Phil
Y takes 6y position - good option
B takes 2ft position
R takes 1y position
K clears R to the WB K lands 2y E of 5
Y to go.. is he lining up the hoop or the B? Shuffles feet, powerful swing and bounces off the LH upright to the WB 2yS of the peg 
B runs the 2ftr by 3 yards to peg it back to 3-2 in USA's favour.

Court 3

Duncan (B/K) vs Ben (R/Y)

Some good clearances ti it up 3-3

H7
B takes position 6y NW of 7
R takes 1ft position
K takes 2ft position
Y clears k to the WB and y also finishes on the WB - good shot Duncan


Court 1:

Hamish (B/K) vs David (R/Y)

G1 NZ 7-5

G2 Bent 5-3 up

H9 current positions
B1ft position
K 2y E of 9
Y 8y NE of 9 open on B
R 5y off WB level with peg

Y to play - snicks B, B still in hoop running position.
B runs 9 to 1ft NE of 10

H10
R to 3y position - open on B
K to 3y position
Y to what looks like the jaws - maybe just out of it. Definitely jawsable and I would say runnable
B clears R to the EB 2yN of C4 - at the same time gets a bit unlucky and bumps K 1ft further north
R takes position
K attempts the jump - misses badly to the right, he didn't like it from the beginning I don't think
Y runs the hoop - 6-4 Bent

H11
B to 3y NW position
R to 4y position
K to 2ft position
Y lining up a shot.. very gentle clearance on K but just misses.
B - cuts R to C3 and finishes on the NB level with 6
R lining up the shot, David is very good at gentle clearances and Im picking this is what the shot will be... good shot, bumps K out of position by 1ft and R finishes 3y NW of K
K centres R sending to C2 and K stays 6y NW of 11
Y takes 4y position
B takes 1ft position blocking Y on the hoop - good shot Mush
R plays another gentle clearance, centres B sending it to 2y SE of 12 with R staying in 1ft NE of 11 in a runnable position
K centres yellow and stays 6y NE of 12 with Y finishing 4y SW of C4
R plays to 5y position
K to 1ft position blocking
Y clears K with another gentle clearance, Y finishing 1ft E of 11 and K 5y SE of 12
B takes 1ft position
R clears B - bounces it into RH wire, but not in the jaws, finishes 1ft W of the hoop


Court 4

Mike (B/K) vs Sherif (R/Y)

G1 NZ 7-1

G2 Sherif leads 4-3 and is in control at H8

Sherif now leads 6-5 with first play at 12

Court 5

Phillip (B/K) vs Mohammad (R/Y)

Mohammad has a great comeback and plays some really good shots to win G2 7-5. Phillip was nicely set up in front of 12 but Mohammad plays a great jump to take it to the decider.

G1 NZ 7-1

G2 USA 7-5

Court 3

Duncan (B/K) vs Ben (R/Y)

Some good clearances tie it up 3-3 Duncan wins H7 and 20 minutes later takes the first game 7-5. Come on Biscuit!!!

The frustrating point where the battery on the laptop is about to die so apologies if there aren't any updates for a while, as mcuh as I enjoy the commentary it is much more importnat to be here supporting my team rather than on the far side where access to power is

Come on KIWIS!!!


NZ wins the Match 10-3 and will play Egypt in the final over the next few days.

Will post a final report in a few hours describing the singles games as there was lots of great shots/games/rubbers between both countries. Congratulations and commiserations to USA on a fantastic match. 10-3 does not reflect how close the match really was.

Well done Kiwi boys!!! You made me so proud!!!

Jarrod Coutts

 


 

 

Notation - see also glossary

U, R, K, Y

Blue, Red, Black and Yellow balls

I, II, II, IV or
C1, C2, C3, C4

Corners 1, 2, 3, 4

N, S, W, E, SSE

Compass points where hoops 1 & 4 always lie at the South and 2 & 3 lie at the North end of a lawn

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