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WCF Women's GC World Championship 2014

[<<] [>>] by Dr Tim King at Cairo, Egyptian Croquet Federation [^] -> bottom
21st November 2014 (GC - Championships)

Welcome to Cairo! Unfortunately, the commentary function of the CA website seems to be broken. I am not sure what happens if I use the normal editing mode to add comments.

A brief re-cap of the day so far. We have held the final of the Plate, the semi-finals and final of the Bowl, the semi-finals of the Shield and the 3rd/4th play-off. The final of the Shield is underway on Court 2. The Final is due to start in ten minutes on Court 1. The players have started to warm up.

Jenny Clarke is playing Be & Bk. Judith Hanekom Rd & Yw.

Being parochial for the moment, the good news for the CA is that Maggie Cowman (one of only two entrants from England) has won the Plate final. Meanwhile, the Bowl has been won by Soha Moustafa from Egypt, one of the players who under-performed in the main knockout.

Jenny is the top seed for the event and has only dropped two games in 18 played. The closest other player is Shadin Oukasha from Egypt. She has only dropped three games and is competing in the Shield final.

Judith has made harder work of her progress through the event. But the impressive feature has been the way in which she has gradually improved her results and beaten an Egyptian in each round of the knockout.

Play has started.

Game 1, hoop 1, Jenny 0-0 Judith

Be is perfect position. Rd shoots … and hits.

Bk good too. Yw even better.

Be clears Yw. Rd shoots at Bk … misses.

Bk runs hoop.

Game 1, Hoop 2, Jenny 1-0 Judith

Yw 4yd from hoop.

Be 2yd from hoop.

Rd too deep by 5 yards.

Bk to 1 yd (wired from Rd).

Yw shoots at hoop … runs!

Game 1, Hoop 3, Jenny 1-1 Judith

Good Be. Rd clears.

Good Bk. Yw to four inches in front of Bk.

Be shoots at Yw … clears both Bk & Yw.

Rd to 3 yards. Bk fails to block & overruns.

Yw to 4 feet. Be does not get far enough to block Rd.

Rd clears Bk to wired position at 15 yards.

Bk comes back in but too deep to worry Yw.

Yw … runs hoop.

Game 1, Hoop 3, Jenny 1-2 Judith

Excellent Be. To just a few feet in front of Hoop 4.

First mobile phone of the day … right behind me … I am sitting on North boundary just behind where Reg ran his winning hoop (closer to 3 than 10) … and we have rain … !?

Rd misses Be. Bk to just behind Be. Yw is perfect centre ball on Be from 7 yards.

Rain is only four big drops so far …

Be to wired position from Yw.

Rd clips left-hand wire & blocks Bk from hoop. Bk plays clearance but poorly off-centre from short distance.

Yw through back of hoop.

Be attempts jump shot … peels Yw … !? Never left the ground.

Game 1, Hoop 5, Jenny 1-3 Judith

Great Rd. Poor Bk. Yw attempts block … Be shoots & manages to get both balls.

Rd comes back in from West boundary to good position.

Bk to one yard.

Yw clears Bk, which ends up on wire of Hoop 4. Yw is on South boundary near halfway point.

Good centre ball clearance from Be on Rd. But Rd comes back in & Be is close to Yw.

Bk can only play to 7 yards from hoop (towards Hoop 1).

Yw goes in to better position than Rd.

Jenny shoots at hoop but misses badly.

Judith decides for hoop with Rd … angled … but no problem.

Game 1, Hoop 5, Jenny 1-4 Judith

Good approach from Bk.

Rd possibly hampered so Judith shoots from 12 yards. Yw clears Bk.

Good Be.

Better Rd.

Good Bk.

Yw from 5 yards in front of Hoop 7 … clears Be to beyond the peg …

The last South African I saw playing on this court could hardly have been playing better than Judith …

And then she has the luck too … Be hits Rd but the cut is such that Rd runs the hoop … Wow!

Game 1, Hoop 7, Jenny 1-5 Judith

Good Rd but in hitting zone for Be. Good Bk …

Yw misses Be. No problem for Be to clear Rd.

Rd comes in … Bk covers Be from Yw …

But Yw puts Bk onto Be … Be fails block & Rd runs from 5 yards … !!

Game 1, Hoop 8, Jenny 1-6 Judith

Players exchange shots in front of 8 …

Yw makes a 6 yard clearance but now Jenny has control with two balls in front of the hoop.

Jenny makes excellent clearance with Bk on Rd but unfortunately Bk is just short of being in position to run 9 … Yw from 20 yards almost makes this irrelevant but just hits hoop off centre.

Be runs.

Game 1, Hoop 2, Jenny 2-6 Judith

Rd deep.

Bk fails to enter jaws.

Yw too deep.

Be slightly too short.

Be from 5 yards … Judith plays her first bad shot of final … completely misses the hoop !?

Bk to 6 inch position …

Yw just fails to make the in-off …

Be runs but only by 1 yard …

Game 1, Hoop 10, Jenny 3-6 Judith

Rd slightly too wide.

Bk stays back.

Yw to good position.

Be is slightly hampered & Jenny digs Be to position too wide to West …

Great clearance of Bk with Rd. Shot back is 25 yards & misses.

Yw runs.

Game 2, Hoop 1, Jenny 3-7, 0-0 Judith

Be slightly wide to West.

Judith takes a good look.

Shoots with Rd … but just misses …

Bk even better than Be.

Yw … shoots … clips Be.

Be back into perfect position.

From side boundary, Rd hits Bk perfect centre ball.

Bk back in … from side boundary Yw misses Be …

Then Jenny commits a fault by touching Bk when attempting to play Be.

Rd attempts to jaws but stops on leg of the hoop …

Bk covers Be …

Yw at not much more than dead weight … pushes Be beyond the hoop …

Be clears Yw … Rd to 6 inch position … Bk clears …

Yw back in …

Be from South boundary … hits outside of left leg …

Rd clears Bk although slightly lacking ambition as Bk has shot from 15 yards … but Jenny misses to right …

Yw from acute angle … right pace to stay in jaws when she fails to run through …

Be to halfway line …

Rd attempts to block but Jenny does not try a bouncing bomb & instead looks to put Bk in way of Yw running …

Yw to 9 yards from Hoop 2…

Game 2, Hoop 2, Jenny 3-7, 0-1 Judith

Superb Be … to 6 inches …

Good Rd.

Good Bk.

Yw … shoots at Be … moves Rd onto Be but only into jaws … no peel …

Be runs …

Game 2, Hoop 3, Jenny 3-7, 1-1 Judith

Perfect Rd …

Bk shoots but only cuts Rd to 4 yards …

Good Yw …

Good Be but blocking Bk shot at Yw …

Rd clears Be …

Bk keeps wide of hoop …

Yw from slight angle … no problem.

Game 2, Hoop 4, Jenny 3-7, 1-2 Judith

Good Be …

Rd decides on aggressive option … shoots & misses …

Good Bk …

Yw … shoots … hits left leg from 20 yards … !

Be runs …

Game 2, Hoop 5, Jenny 3-7, 2-2 Judith

Good Rd …

Bk overruns attempting to go to one foot position …

Yw fails to cover Rd …

Be clips Rd … the Be goes to West boundary …

Judith plays strange looking shot … Rd into back of the hoop …

Bk to good position … wired, so Yw clears …

Be comes in …

Rd dribbles through hoop …

Bk fails to cover Be …

Yw misses … a rare mistake from Judith …

Rd too tight for Be to make the in-off … clears Rd to about 9 yards from Bk …

Rd fails to block hoop.

Jenny keeps life simple … makes decent clearance on Rd … keeping control with Bk …

Yw comes in … rather wide but Be clears that one …

Rd from 13 yards … not quite centre ball but keeps control at about 7 yards … Bk to boundary …

Bk back to 2 yards …

Yw to 4 yards …

Be in to 1 yard …

Rd … clears Bk …

And the extension cable overheats … on battery for now …

Bk did not go very far & clears Yw to South boundary …

Yw shoots … misses the double to the right …

Be to 7 yards beyond Hoop 6 …

Game 2, Hoop 6, Jenny 3-7, 3-2 Judith

Good Rd …

Bk can only get to beside peg …

Yw in …

Be blocks Rd …

Rd clears Be …

Bk runs from 7 yards …

Game 2, Hoop 7, Jenny 3-7, 4-2 Judith

Yw attempts promotion on Rd but too short …

Be in & wide …

Rd to 5 yards …

Bk to five feet …

Yw to seven feet, blocking Rd on Bk …

Be to one foot …

Rd … jump shot attempt … one bounce & hits inside of right leg …

Bk from two feet … too far to stop Yw seeing Be …

Yw clears Be …

Be back in … almost blocks Bk from hoop …

Rd misses Bk from 6 yards …

Bk into jaws & out again to left …

Yw from 7 yards … clears Be …

Be is tentative from near Corner 2 …

Rd & Yw now on North boundary … Rd in to 7 feet …

Bk fails to stop between Rd & hoop … also very angled on hoop …

Yw … centre ball … clears to beyond peg …

Be … misses Rd badly …

Judith has shown patience after some less successful shots … Rd from 7 feet … just through …

Game 2, Hoop 8, Jenny 3-7, 4-3 Judith

Very good Bk … two foot position …

Yw shoots … sticks to right wire …

Be to deep …

Rd closer …

Jenny strides to take on jump … no problem …

Game 2, Hoop 9, Jenny 3-7, 5-3 Judith

Yw can only go to behind 9 …

Be good … but still open to Yw …

Rd also good …

From 14 yards, Bk just misses nudging Be to wired position …

Yw ... no problem to clear Be …

Be centre-ball on Rd …

Bk is somewhat angled … Rd shoots … hits right wire & is straight in front of 9 on boundary …

Bk rolled into jaws …

Yw … the first of two bouncing bomb attempts from South boundary … straight … more than one bounce & peels Bk …

Game 2, Hoop 10, Jenny 3-7, 6-3 Judith

Be to very good position …

Rd can only go wide & deep …

Yw … clears Be … almost in-off …

Be … 5 yards at Rd … hits wrong half … so Rd only to East boundary …

Rd … clears Bk …

Bk hits back of hoop & falls to useless position …

Yw to about 4 yards … visible to Bk …

Be slightly too deep to run hoop …

Rd to just behind Be … hoop will stop swing of Be at Rd …

Bk clears Yw …

Yw to 5 feet …

Be falls to side in failing to get into jaws …

Rd … into jaws …

Bk to behind hoop …

Yw … peels Rd … by hitting outside of left leg … gets across with shot at hoop from North boundary …

Game 2, Hoop 11, Jenny 3-7, 6-4 Judith

Be to very tight position …

Rd clears Bk & drifts towards Hoop 11.

Bk not quite far enough to cover hoop or Be …

Yw … hits left leg …

Be runs …

Game 3, Hoop 1, Jenny 3-7, 7-4, 0-0 Judith

Rd to good position.

Bk to behind hoop.

Yw slightly deeper.

Be too short to block Be …

Rd … fails … into jaws …

Bk clears Rd …

Yw runs … very clean … to 5 yards beyond Hoop 2…

Game 3, Hoop 2, Jenny 3-7, 7-4, 0-1 Judith

Be slightly wide …

Rd slightly deep …

Bk to good position … Rd can not see hoop … Yw can not see Bk …

Yw … shoots at Be … makes contact but leaves Jenny with shot from 5 yards …

Be … clears Rd … almost to Corner 2 …

Rd … shoots at Bk … makes contact but only moves Bk one foot … Rd in Corner 4 …

Bk … runs hoop …

Game 3, Hoop 3, Jenny 3-7, 7-4, 1-1 Judith

Yw … good position …

Be … even better … direct between Yw & hoop …

Rd … great shot … 6 feet dead in front …

Bk … only attempts approach … just too short to cover hoop from Rd …

Yw … clears Be with great control … leaving even easier hoop shot than Rd …

Be … Jenny shoots for first time in a while … misses to right …

Rd … keeps it simple & clears Bk … to wired position …

Bk … just to halfway from a few yards … but too short !?

Yw … runs … just through …

Game 3, Hoop 4, Jenny 3-7, 7-4, 1-2 Judith

Be … to good position …

Rd … shoots … misses to right …

Bk (from penalty spot, West boundary) … too wide for hoop running …

Yw … shoots … falls to right …

Be … runs …

Game 3, Hoop 5, Jenny 3-7, 7-4, 2-2 Judith

Rd … to good position …

Bk … slightly too wide (overruns) …

Yw … fails to cover Rd from Be …

Be … hits right hand leg … just over deadweight …

Rd … runs …

Game 3, Hoop 6, Jenny 3-7, 7-4, 3-2 Judith

Bk … slightly deep, slightly wide …

Yw … straighter but slightly deeper …

Be … good position …

Rd … just misses Bk to left … through to North boundary, just onside …

Bk … clears Yw to East boundary …

Yw … shoots … just misses to left …

Be … runs … (Yw offside)

Game 3, Hoop 7, Jenny 3-7, 7-4, 3-3 Judith

Rd … to good position …

Bk … slightly deeper & wider …

Yw … slightly short (from East penalty spot) …

Be … misses from 8 yards …

Rd … runs … through by 4 feet …

Game 3, Hoop 8, Jenny 3-7, 7-4, 3-4 Judith

Bk … to good position …

Yw … shoots … hits from 25 yards …

Be … to deeper position …

Rd … slightly closer … about 4 yards …

Bk … better …

Yw … misses Be …

Be … clears Rd to West boundary …

Rd … centre ball … slightly unlucky that Hoop 5 stops Bk in its tracks …

Bk … back in to good position …

Yw … overruns … level with hoop at two yards …

Be … to good position …

Rd … clips right of Be … just peeled … !?

Game 3, Hoop 9, Jenny 3-7, 7-4, 4-4 Judith

Bk … to very good position …

Yw … shoots from 16 yards … centre ball … Judith regains control of hoop …

Be … only able to run out at angle from Hoop 8 … still 14 yards to Hoop 9 …

Rd … slightly short but still runnable …

Bk … to straight position …

Yw … short of covering Bk from hoop …

Be … misses Rd …

Rd … runs … to 5 yards straight in front of hoop …

Game 3, Hoop 10, Jenny 3-7, 7-4, 4-5 Judith

Bk … runs Hoop 10 by 4 inches … !!

Game 3, Hoop 11, Jenny 3-7, 7-4, 5-5 Judith

Yw … to 3-yard position …

Be … to position close to Yw …

Rd … better position …

Bk … shoots … centre ball … Bk to West boundary … can see Be …

Yw … just misses to left …

Be … clears Rd but fails to hold hoop-running position …

Rd … 3 yard position …

Bk … clears Rd but both balls go 7 yards … Rd towards South boundary …

Yw … short …

Be … easy clearance … holds slightly angled position for hoop …

Rd … too short …

Bk … clears Rd … bold shot … both disappear …

Yw … clears Be … but is off beyond Hoop 1 …

Be … falls short … !?

Rd … to 4 yard position …

Bk … overruns …

Yw …to 6 yard position …

Be … into jaws …

Rd … attempt at jump … hits outside of right leg … Be shakes but no contact … Rd to offside position …

Bk … to beside peg …

Yw … attempts bouncing bomb but no real bounce … peels Be …

Game 3, Hoop 12, Jenny 3-7, 7-4, 6-5 Judith

Be … perfect position …

Rd … overruns (from West penalty point) …

Bk … too far to cover Be …

Yw … shoots … hits & peels Be …

Game 4, Hoop 1, Jenny 3-7, 7-4, 7-5, 0-0 Judith

(In other news, Shadin won the Shield final, 4-7, 7-6, 7-5.)

Rd … way, way too short … Judith frustrated by call that Rd was offside after Hoop 11 (referee responded to question from Jenny & his gesture was slightly confusing but to me an indication that no contact took place) …

Bk … good position …

Yw … too deep …

Be … good position …

Rd … clears Bk … but Yw is right in the easy hit zone for the next shot …

Bk … clears Yw to possibly wired position …

Yw … good strike … just drifts past left edge of hoop & Be …

Be … badly fails hoop … falls to left …

Rd … in to straight position …

Bk … to very good position …

Yw … chooses to attempt shot at Be (not in hoop running position) rather than Bk … misses to Corner 2 …

Be … cuts Rd to South boundary …

Rd … clears Bk …

Bk … curls very kindly into 2 foot position …

Yw … shoots … clears Bk … !! (from 30 yards) …

Be … to good position …

Rd … from West boundary clears Be … Judith is getting even rather than angry now! …

Bk ... from South boundary … hits outside of left leg …

Yw … fails onto left leg of hoop …

Be … attempts in-off from 12 yards … hits but both balls to West boundary …

Rd … poor choice … shoots at hoop …

Bk … now Jenny makes a very short Bk … twilight is falling & floodlights coming on … perhaps water is also rising from ground …

Yw … deep …

Be … wide …

Rd … good position …

Bk … clears Rd …

Yw … from 5 yards … catches wire, spins & grovels through the hoop! …

Game 4, Hoop 2, Jenny 3-7, 7-4, 7-5, 0-1 Judith

Be … to good position …

Rd … shoots … misses to left … Judith not happy as soon as ball leaves mallet …

Bk … about 5 yards deep …

Yw … hampered … drifts to left …

Be … runs hoop to North boundary …

Game 4, Hoop 3, Jenny 3-7, 7-4, 7-5, 1-1 Judith

Rd … short …

Bk … similar angle to Rd … but far side of hoop …

Yw … shorter than Rd … Judith has lost something for the moment …

Be … ends up with 2 inch gap from Bk towards North boundary …

Rd … Judith looks at situation … goes for the hoop … the Egyptians are very impressed as she runs halfway to next hoop …

Game 4, Hoop 4, Jenny 3-7, 7-4, 7-5, 1-2 Judith

Bk … totally hampered … hits Hoop 3 & ends up near 6 …

Yw … slightly short & wide …

Be … too far …

Rd … to good position …

Bk … runs beyond hoop …

Yw … makes contact with Be & Bk … !! … Be not far but wired … Bk to South boundary … Yw also & almost straight for Hoop 5 …

Be … back through hoop … now in running position …

Rd … attempts jump … good height but hits outside of left leg … (offside)

Bk … too far to cover …

Yw … hits left leg … close …

Be … runs …

Game 4, Hoop 5, Jenny 3-7, 7-4, 7-5, 2-2 Judith

Rd … from West penalty point … good position …

Bk … even better position …

Yw … short …

Be … shoots … misses …

Rd … good control … clears Bk … not in hoop running position but control is all for Judith …

Bk … deliberately wide & level with hoop …

Yw … good position …

Be … too short …

Rd … can see Bk … clears to two yards North of Corner 1 …

Bk … shoots … misses to right …

Yw … fails … falls back straight …

Be … clears Yw …

Rd … to good position …

Bk … too far to cover Be … too short to be between Rd & hoop …

Yw … clears Be but not centre ball …

Be … from 6 yards … no mistake …

Rd … makes contact … Bk now at four yards …

Bk … looks for wire from Yw but misses badly …

Yw … to position …

Be … misses Yw (shot from 7 yards!) …

Rd … hits from West boundary …

Bk … back in …

Yw … runs … through by two yards …

Game 4, Hoop 6, Jenny 3-7, 7-4, 7-5, 2-3 Judith

Be … short & wide …

Rd … short & wide other side …

Bk … sticks on peg … !?

Yw … to straight position …

Be … hits outside of left leg …

Rd … good position … Yw can see Be …

Bk … sideways away from peg …

Yw … hits left leg … all getting rather tense … now the only light is artificial …

Be … clears Rd

Rd … back in … but too short to be good …

Bk … considers clearing Rd & running hoop … goes for Rd but control is poor … no longer in hoop running position …

Yw … into jaws from behind hoop …

Be … great shot … Yw clear of hoop … Be into the jaws …

Rd … from North boundary … clears Be … !!

Bk … good position …

Yw … through jaws to good position …

Be … misses Yw …

Rd … from 6 yards … clears Bk but not centre ball … to 7 yards …

Bk … clears Yw & gets the in-off …

Game 4, Hoop 7, Jenny 3-7, 7-4, 7-5, 3-3 Judith

Yw … slightly deep …

Be … short … (onside, from West boundary)

Rd … short …

Bk … fails to push Be into running position …

Yw … clean all the way … runs to 6 yards from Hoop 8

Game 4, Hoop 8, Jenny 3-7, 7-4, 7-5, 3-4 Judith

Be … between Yw & the hoop …

Rd … short of Be …

Bk … beyond the hoop … !?

Yw … clears Be …

Be … to 6 inch position … !!

Rd … can not see Bk because of Yw … shoots … hits right leg … almost stops on Bk but Bk can still see Yw …

Bk … clears Yw to 17 yards …

Yw … shoots … hits Be into jaws … bounces out … still can run …

Be … runs …

Game 4, Hoop 9, Jenny 3-7, 7-4, 7-5, 4-4 Judith

Rd … slightly short …

Bk … into easy hit zone for Bk …

Yw … short … !?

Be … the only straight shot of the four …

Rd … clears Bk with perfect control …

Bk … to good position …

Yw … clears Be …

Be … hits Bk … !? (Be offside)

Rd … runs by 3 yards …

Game 4, Hoop 10, Jenny 3-7, 7-4, 7-5, 4-5 Judith

Bk … good position …

Yw …good position beside Bk …

Be … short … tricky hoop … jaws more likely …

Rd … shoots … good luck as she knocks Yw onto Bk ...

Bk … very poor … totally fails to centre ball the Yw …

Yw … angled good position …

Be … totally fails with attempt at jaws …

Rd … good position …

Bk … shoots … at hoop … misses to left …

Yw … fails hoop but half way through in jaws …

Be … clears Rd almost to West boundary …

Rd … fairly short & wide …

Bk … shoots from North boundary … completely misses the hoop to right …

Yw … runs …

Game 4, Hoop 11, Jenny 3-7, 7-4, 7-5, 4-6 Judith

Be … good position …

Rd … shoots at Be … hits, although runs to West boundary …

Bk … from South boundary … to good position …

Yw … shoots from North boundary in front of Hoop 3 … at hoop … good effort … fails across face of hoop …

Be … good position …

Rd … misses from West boundary …

Bk … fails to cover Be from Yw …

Yw … from West boundary … hits Be …

Be … to good position …

Rd … from East boundary … nudges Bk just far enough …

Bk … Rd to vicinity of Hoop 3 … looks wired from Bk …

Yw … to good position …

Be … gentle clearance of Yw …

Rd … gentle … goes wrong side of Hoop 11 …

Bk … runs … wide & level with Hoop 12 …

Game 4, Hoop 12, Jenny 3-7, 7-4, 7-5, 5-6 Judith

Be … slightly wide but good position …

Rd … shoots & clears Be from 14 yards … good choice of shot …

Bk … blocks Yw shot at hoop …

Yw … great attempt at jump but spits out of base of hoop …

Be … short …

Rd … hits Bk from 12 yards …

Bk … deeper position …

Yw … too close to Be …

Be … clears Yw …

Rd … clears Bk despite Yw being 4 yards short of Hoop 13 …

Bk … good position …

Yw … shoots … misses …

Be … clears Rd to East boundary …

Rd … hits Bk … !! … 14 yards … not quite to the standard of Reg in 2013 but Judith is back in the groove …

Bk … clears Rd but travels to wrong side of hoop …

Yw … to wired position from Bk …

Be … to good position … but leaving Yw …

Rd … to good position …

Bk … backwards through hoop …

Yw … centre ball on Be … great control … Be on South boundary …

Be … tries to take position … brushes Yw so falls short …

Rd … another good effort at jump … right height … but falls to right …

Bk … runs …

Game 4, Hoop 13, Jenny 3-7, 7-4, 7-5, 6-6 Judith

Yw … great approach … 7 feet from hoop …

Be … to 5 yards …

Rd … just too short …

Bk … to 6 yards, brushing Be …

Yw … no difficulties … runs … game 5, here we come …

Game 5, Hoop 1, Jenny 3-7, 7-4, 7-5, 6-7, 0-0 Judith

Be … overruns …

Rd … deep …

Bk … short …

Yw … 5 yards …

Be … to good position …

Rd … misses Be …

Bk … clears Yw to South boundary … also travelling to boundary …

Yw … misses hoop …

Be … into jaws …

Rd … misses …

Bk … to halfway line …

Yw … shoots … hits right leg … Be falls through hoop … excellent result … Be no longer has clear shot down to next hoop …

Game 5, Hoop 2, Jenny 3-7, 7-4, 7-5, 6-7, 1-0 Judith

Be … wide towards West boundary …

Rd … 3 yards out …

Bk … between Rd & hoop …

Yw … just past Rd …

Be … shoots & clears Rd to in front of Hoop 3 …

Rd … shoots … Bk & Rd both to the West boundary …

Bk … leaves Yw … attempts approach … falls short …

Yw … free shot at hoop … no problem …

Game 5, Hoop 2, Jenny 3-7, 7-4, 7-5, 6-7, 1-1 Judith

Be … to good position …

Rd … short …

Bk … even better than Be but blocking … Rd though is sitting target for Be …

Yw … deeper than the other balls …

Be … makes the clearance on Rd to West boundary …

Rd … shoots … just misses to right …

Bk … fails … into jaws …

Yw … jump … too short … pushes Bk through to halfway line …

Game 5, Hoop 2, Jenny 3-7, 7-4, 7-5, 6-7, 2-1 Judith

Be … slightly deeper than ideal …

Rd … to good position …

Bk … to good position …

Yw … just hits Be …

Be … clears Rd to East boundary …

Rd … centre ball … Bk beyond Hoop 8 …

Bk … contact with Yw … but hoop is still an option …

Yw … decides on hoop with Rd in onside wide position for Hoop 5 … runs all the way to the boundary …

Game 5, Hoop 2, Jenny 3-7, 7-4, 7-5, 6-7, 2-2 Judith

Be … wide the far side from Rd …

Rd … drifts past hoop looking for the jaws …

Bk … from East boundary … slightly short …

Yw … straight position …

Be … fails getting into jaws badly … did consider clearing Yw …

Rd … nestles into Bk …

Bk … clears Rd about 5 yards … stops in front of Bk …

Yw … clears Bk to position sitting on peg …

Be … good control on clearance of Yw …

Rd … position between Be & hoop …

Bk … Jenny digs out to level with hoop …

Yw … alongside Rd …

Be … great shot … Rd to position unable to see Be, which is now in very good position …

Rd … no problem … centre ball … Bk to South boundary …

Bk … from 12 yards … misses …

Yw … simple clearance of Be … to 6 inch position in front of hoop …

Be … misses very badly to right …

Rd … to good position …

Bk … to halfway line …

Yw … runs to 5 yards from Hoop 6 …

Game 5, Hoop 6, Jenny 3-7, 7-4, 7-5, 6-7, 2-3 Judith

Be … slightly short & wide …

Rd … straighter than Be …

Bk … drifts just past hoop …

Yw … another centre ball clearance … Be to North boundary …

Be … tries to block … short …

Rd … spins in hoop … and through …

Game 5, Hoop 7, Jenny 3-7, 7-4, 7-5, 6-7, 2-4 Judith

Bk … has to come off Yw … into Corner 2 …

Yw … good position …

Be … even better position …

Rd … beside Yw …

Bk … half ball contact with Yw …

Yw … from 7 yards … first time in match that Judith finds her ball skipping … misses to right …

Be … runs to level with Hoop 8 …

Game 5, Hoop 8, Jenny 3-7, 7-4, 7-5, 6-7, 3-4 Judith

Rd … to slightly deep position …

Bk … to one foot position …

Yw … very short …

Be … only half-ball contact on Rd … leaving 6 yard shot at Bk …

Rd … peels Bk … right side of ball … !?

Game 5, Hoop 9, Jenny 3-7, 7-4, 7-5, 6-7, 4-4 Judith

Bk … good position …

Yw … shoots … misses to left …

Be … to just behind Bk …

Rd … just misses Bk …

Bk … into jaws … Judith in trouble on East boundary …

Yw … shoots at Be … hits …

Be … to good position …

Rd … great shot … drags Bk out of the hoop … !!

Bk … clears Rd …

Yw … centre ball from 16 yards … !! … Judith is putting on a show of big clearances here …

Be … clears Yw … but is halfway to peg from Hoop 9 …

Bk … to angled position at two feet …

Yw … moves Bk to non-dangerous position …

Be … short of wired position from Yw (on East boundary) …

Rd … through hoop to plum position …

Bk … runs hoop & clears Rd to about 5 yards …

Yw … misses Bk … Judith is human …

Be … to close position … blocking Rd …

Rd … clears Bk … quite a big target of Be & hoop if hit with right cut but Rd slides past Be …

Bk … to very wide position … not going to run hoop from there …

Yw … from South boundary … hits Be from 10 yards …

Be … tries to promote Bk … makes contact but both are short of hoop running position …

Rd … 5 yard position …

Bk … promotes Be … to behind hoop … !?

Yw … aggressive … shoots at Be … knew that through hoop was coming next … misses …

Be … through hoop …

Rd … closer position …

Bk … misses Rd with soft shot …

Yw … into jaws … spins away … must have been a juicy double …

Game 5, Hoop 10, Jenny 3-7, 7-4, 7-5, 6-7, 5-4 Judith

Be … runs to 3 yards from Hoop 10 … but at wide angle …

Rd … deeper position …

Bk … overruns the approach … !?

Yw … three yard position …

Be … attempts jaws … hits left leg …

Rd … another nerveless hoop …

Game 5, Hoop 11, Jenny 3-7, 7-4, 7-5, 6-7, 5-5 Judith

Bk … to perfect position …

Yw … clears Bk …

Be … to good position …

Rd … clears Be …

Bk … tries to get wired from Rd but just too far …

Yw … from Corner 2 … to slightly deep position …

Be … good control on clearance of Yw …

Rd … shoots … clears Bk to North boundary …

Bk … to good position …

Yw … to good position …

Be … peels Yw … !?

Game 5, Hoop 11, Jenny 3-7, 7-4, 7-5, 6-7, 5-6 Judith

Rd … to good position …

Bk … past hoop …

Yw … to good position …

Be … to good position …

Rd … clears Bk to wired position on South boundary … !!

Bk … tries to push Be …

Yw … Judith is World Champion … !!



 

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