The Carrickmines weather has to be experienced to be believed! Heavyish rain and bright sun have alternated at roughly two hourly intervals yesterday and today. Round 1 of the knock-out contained good wins for Andreas Alvarez-Sala, the strongest of the three young Spanish players and for Ben Reeves-Smyth, one of the younger Carrickines members.
The quarter-finals went with seeding although the presence of Simon Williams in the Mulliner/Williams match meant that any result was possible. Stephen completed two sextuples, in turns 7 and 6 respectively, aided by an 8 yard cut-rush peel of rover in game 2. Better to be lucky than smart.
Kieran Murphy, 21, is one of the Trinity croquet "squad" and is a great prospect for Ireland. He got away first against Stephen in the semi-final but unexpectedly failed a tight 2-b. Stephen then produced his third sextuple. A fourth seemed on the cards in game 2 until the bombard after 4-back worked far too well and the penult peel only went through by 2 yards. The rover peel was attempted from 11 yards and bounced out. Kieran got going off the contact but missed a roquet after hoop 2 and Stephen soon finished.
Andrew Johnston and Mark McInerney shared the first two games with triples. Game 3 contained some early interactivity until Mark took a ball to 4-b and Andrew missed the long lift. Mark has some adventures in his delayed TP but brought it home to set up a rematch with Stephen of the 2000 Europeans final.
Andrew JOHNSTON 26 v Roar MICHALSEN 2
Ben REEVES-SMYTH 26 v Danny JOHNSTON 18
Nathaniel HEALY 9 v Andreas ALVAREZ-SALA 26
Juan BRAVO-FERRER 0 v Mark MCINERNEY 26
Stephen MULLINER 26TPO v Fergus McINNES 15
Simon WILLIAMS 26 v Andres DE DIEGO 13
Kevin WELLS 6 v Richard GRIFFITHS 26
Kevin GARRAD 2 v Kieran MURPHY 26
Andrew JOHNSTON 26 v Ben REEVES-SMYTH 6
Andrew JOHNSTON 26TP v Ben REEVES-SMYTH 0
Andreas ALVAREZ-SALA 3 v Mark MCINERNEY 26TP
Andreas ALVAREZ-SALA 0 v Mark MCINERNEY 26TP
Stephen MULLINER 26SXP v Simon WILLIAMS 0
Stephen MULLINER 26SXP v Simon WILLIAMS 9
Richard GRIFFITHS 2 v Kieran MURPHY 26
Richard GRIFFITHS 14 v Kieran MURPHY 26
Stephen MULLINER 26SXP v Kieran MURPHY 8
Stephen MULLINER 26 v Kieran MURPHY 2
Andrew JOHNSTON 26TP v Mark MCINERNEY 0
Andrew JOHNSTON 10 v Mark MCINERNEY 26TP
Andrew JOHNSTON 2 v Mark MCINERNEY 26TP