
Keith Writes 
Dave Responds 
1. 
U supershot opening 

2. 
Y placed peg high on E boundary 

3. 
K misses Y from 4 yards W of III going 6 yards S (0 hits and 5 misses) 

4. 
R misses double target from Bbaulk going to IV 

5. 
K snicks Y and goes to 4back, nice turn, well controlled until trying to move the ball at the peg, Y, a couple of inches for the leave it jerked sideways out of a hole and sat on the peg but too far S so that I had to lay up on the E boundary further S than I would have liked in order to avoid giving a clear shot for Y at U and K. 

6. 
R hit short shot at K from A baulk, failed hoop 1 leaving a shot for U at Y from 3 yards S of 2 to 3 yards N of 1 

7. 
U misses Y (another corkingly bad swing! 06) 

8. 
TPO of K by R  both balls pegged out  Y left on E boundary so that 4 blocks approach to 1 
I left 3 balls on in the Southerns final, and Keith finished the turn after contact. I thought I'd try something different. 
9. 
U approaches 1 sending Y 2 yards NW of 2, fails 3 yard slightly angled hoop with wild thrash ending up almost off the E boundary where it had just approached from! 

10. 
Y goes to S boundary in front of 1 
Keith plays the Openshaw lunch card. Half an hour later: 
11. 
U misses Y (07) 
I complete my lunch and let it digest for a bit. 20 minutes later: 
12. 
Y approaches 1 sending U 3 yards S of 2, runs 1 hard to N boundary, misses U to S boundary 4 yards E of I 
I couldn't decide how hard to hit it (gentle to keep it near 2, or hard to have a good swing), and didn't have a very good swing at it. 
13. 
U misses Y (08) 

14. 
Y rolls off 2 and takes 2ball break to 2back, does not attempt 3 yard straight hoop, and, mindful of the lift, goes to E boundary, maximum length position. 

15. 
U takes lift from III, misses Y  much better shot, dead on until it jumped sideways at the last second, ended up in IV (09, but cause for hope!) 
My problem with having 2 off is that although Keith is shooting poorly, he may remember how to shoot if he gets enough chances. 
16. 
Y to W boundary 10 yards N of I 

17. 
U to 3 yards E of 5, intending to "menace" Y but hit a bit too hard and gave opportunity for wired approach to 2back 

18. 
Y attempts position at 2back wired from U but gets a hint of hill and leaves technically wired but perfectly hittable shot 

19. 
U misses Y to W boundary (sigh, 010) 

20. 
Y hits U, makes 2back and 3back, has to roll up to 4back (I think), attempts hoop and sticks 
Thrashed at it, rather than playing it smoothly. 
21. 
U hits Y as hard as I dare rushing it to rough level with 5 and on the line of 3 and 4, make nice approach to 1 with 5 foot slightly angled hoop and Y 2 yards SE of 2, run 1 but miss (possibly hilled off) a medium weight8 yard "trickle" at Y just about reaching N boundary 

22. 
Y hits U, sends U towards IV approaching 4back, U just goes off S boundary and Y has 7 foot angled "position". 
I did want U deep, to make shooting as unattractive as possible since it will miss to the west of 4back. Not quite that deep, though (actually if it had pulled a bit more towards the corner, it would probably have stayed on). 
23. 
U HITS!!! rushing Y straight to N boundary, attempts pass roll approach to 2, hopeless effort not getting pass nor position, take position wired from Y on the basis that Y won't risk shot from B baulk in case I turn round and pick up Y and can set up 2ball break 

24. 
Y takes lift from B baulk and attempts position at 4back, gets angled position SW of the hoop. 

25. 
U runs 2 and misses Y to E boundary 10 yards S of III (111) 

26. 
Y misses U (shock, horror, can't believe my luck, here's a good chance!) 
The other problem with having 2 off is that my shooting might deteriorate... 
27. 
U approaches 3 with a thick takeoff, runs 8 foot hoop far too smoothly and runs just past Y. Rolls down to 4 and splits U slightly W of the right line, it hills that way as well and U fails angled hoop from 4 feet 

28. 
Not sure how much of U can be seen by Y but he seems disgusted to clip it, takes off to 4back slightly too far and takes position 
I could see all of it, and was going for rushing it to 4back. Hitting it on the wrong side wasn't great, but at least I could take croquet... 
29. 
U decided not to shoot this time and goes to W boundary 8 yards S of II  my thinking was to "guard" the W side of the lawn in view of the impending lift, believing Y won't go to the E side as that would be too close to 4 

30. 
Y runs 4back and hits U, fails to approach penult and retires to the now unguarded W boundary 9 yards S of II (U is now SE of rover) 
I ran 4back by 3 inches in order to have a reasonable chance of not missing south of U. 
31. 
U takes lift from I, misses Y to just W of II (112) 

32. 
Y hits U, fails to approach penult (goes screaming past it!) and takes position leaving open shot for U from S of rover 
I'm having some psychological fun with the crater NW of penult. 
33. 
U smacks Y to N boundary (hooray, 212), big roll to 4 is short  4 yard hoop and Y 2 yards SE of 5  run 4 smoothly to S boundary and hit return roquet to N of 5, make 5 with no rush, beautiful roll up to 6 and obtain rush to 1back. Approach to 1back is slightly overhit and when U runs the hoop the rush to 2back needs cutting half ball on the right  make my worst swing of the day and cut it just off centre on the left so that Y goes off the W boundary about peg high. Approach to 2back is overhit, U retires to N boundary 4 yards E of II 

34. 
Y goes to N boundary 8 yards W of III 

35. 
U attempts position at 2back, short, about 4 yard position 

36. 
Y attempts position at penult, too far, probably not runnable 
Oh, it was runable... 
37. 
U shoots at Y and misses going to 3 yards E of the middle of N boundary (213) 

38. 
Y misses U 
... but the little voice in my head said "What do you do after you've run this then eh? You can't take position at rover, because that gives him a ball at his hoop, and failing it gives him a rush..." I gave in and took the 10 yarder that I didn't really want to shoot at. 
39. 
U rushes Y a little W in order to give clear sight of 2back, intending to croquet Y to W of 3back attempting position. Just can't hit these rolls hard enough, or straight enough, and have 5 yard angled position with Y 2 yards SE of 5. Fail pretty good (smooth) attempt at hoop and end up in position (lucky boy!) 

40. 
Y goes back to penult, longish angled position NW of hoop 

41. 
U runs 2back, takes position at 3back about 8 feet in front and slightly E of straight in front. 

42. 
Y fails penult bouncing off to near 4back (my eyes light up!) 
Another thrash. 
43. 
Briefly consider taking closer wired position at 3back but decide to go for finishing, run hoop by 9 inches (bo**ocks!), retire to W boundary level with 6 

44. 
Y goes to middle of N boundary 

45. 
U goes to 6 yards SE of 4back 

46. 
Y moves a few inches nearer 4back 
Hopeful of an impasse... 
47. 
U moves to five feet from 4back in runable position, still E of the hoop 
... or a 9 yarder. 
48. 
Y misses U to E boundary leaving U an 8 yarder 
Bleh. 
49. 
Just give me one straight swing and we're home and hosed  U misses Y by nothing (oops, that's not good, 214) 

50. 
Y rushes U well S of rover, takes off to penult and leaves Y in position 

51. 
U misses Y (goes wrong side of penult! 215) ending up on N boundary 

52. 
Y runs penult and takes position at rover 
Wired, as well, I think. 
53. 
U takes position at 4back, 4 feet SSW of the hoop 

54. 
Y runs rover, takes position at the peg 
By 3 inches, <sigh>, another wristy effort. But fortunately good enough. 
55. 
I have a hampered backswing for shooting at Y so I attempt and fail 4back 

56. 
Y pegs out 
