2005 Solomon Trophy day 1 report

Posted 24 March 2005 to Test Matches, Tournaments by Jeff Soo
Team USA captain Damon Bidencope on Day 1 Photo by Eileen Kupstas Soo

Day 1 (USA names first)

Round 1 doubles

Round 2 doubles

USA leads GB 3-1

Notes from Stark on his two matches:

The Stark / Drake v Fulford / Lines match went 7 turn, 6 turn and 8 turn. In the first game one lift was missed, in the second game there were no errors, and in the third game there was one mistake, when Lines stuffed the third hoop and one missed lift by Fulford.

In the Stark / Drake v Mulliner / Death match, the first game Mulliner failed to get started after which Drake hit in from H2 to H4 went to 4B, Death declined the lift shooting at a half ball toward the peg and missed. Stark finished with a triple. In the second game Mulliner set the supershot, Stark hit and crossed wired at the peg, Death shot near Stark leaving Drake a double from C1. Drake hit and ran to 4B, Mulliner hit and TPO’d Drake. Stark set a squeeze at H1, Mulliner went to C4, Stark went through H1 to the north boundary hit Death and was a bit short on the roll and missed the severly angled hoop staying almost on one upright. Death joined Mulliner in C4, Stark went softly in the jaws of H2. Death took off from Mulliner and went 3-4 yards north of H2, he missed Stark bouncing toward the west boundary, Stark scored H2 and just snicked Death’s ball. A good roll to H3 and the game was finished.

Notes from Soo on his match:

Game 1 was scrappy, with several errors. Huneycutt had the first nine hoops, but Soo could never put together a clean turn. Gibbons eventually made it round to the peg with a good leave, and Burrow finished. Soo had the first break in game 2, set up by Huneycutt with a turn 3 roquet of a short Duffer tice. A few turns later Huneycutt went round with no peels to a B spread, leaving a wide join. Another missed lift, but Soo failed to finish. Soo eventually two-balled the final three hoops, with an opponent ball near corner I, but missed a long peg-out. Gibbons broke down at 2, Huneycutt took a gentle shot at the peg, which missed, but left Gibbons and Burrow with effectively no shot. In game 3 Huneycutt went round fourth turn, Gibbons missed the long lift, Soo broke down at 2 (off partner). Burrow cornered, Soo set a rush at 2, Gibbons played a wide join. Soo went round, Burrow missed the short lift, and Huneycutt finished.

Quite a contrast to Curtis and Jerry’s world-class play, but a win nonetheless and a great debut for Huneycutt.

Last modified on 26 March 2005