Thursday, 4 July 2019

Mick Hammonds wins Lincoln Flickers’ Women’s Marathon World Cup

Lincoln Flickers’ Women’s Marathon World Cup (WASPA event 5: 30/06/19)
All 52 matches of the Women’s World Cup were played in Lincoln by 7 competitors. Group games were 1x10 minutes with 7 playing figures and the knock-out phase was 1x15 minutes with 9 playing figures. The winner was the player with the most wins throughout the competition (shoot-out wins not counting!)
Mick Hammonds (Wolverhampton TFC) proved victorious getting both Germany and Chile to the final with 11 wins in total. Mick beat Andrew Garbutt’s Canada in the Quarter-Finals and Australia in the Semi-Finals both 3-2 on shots – the Australia game coming back from 0-2. Mick’s only defeat of the event came from Wolverhampton rival Richard Badger in the Round of 16 when Nigeria beat Brazil 1-0. The final was decided by a shots result with Germany winning 1-0.
Richard Badger finished second with 8 wins; his Nigeria losing out 2-3 on shots in the Quarter-Finals to Jeremy Boothman’s Netherlands and Cameroon going down to Andrew Garbutt’s Australia 0-1. Despite the additional games neither Lincoln pair could catch Richard both losing to Mick in the Semi-Finals. Netherlands (Boothman) won the Play-off with a thunderbolt strike hit on the run – the Ozzy keeper not ready; despite the setback Andrew Garbutt held third place overall with 7 wins.
Graham Harwood didn’t bring the wooden spoon which went to Peter Sleeth with just the 1 bye win. Peter’s Group E match with New Zealand versus Netherlands he was at the wrong end of a 6 goal thriller (2-4). Graham finished a respectable fifth with 3 wins narrowly going out in the Round of 16 in shoot-outs to the top two. Clinton Simpson had a mixed day with his highlights a win over Graham when Thailand beat USA 1-0! Plus a goalless match when he held A Garbutt’s France with Norway in Group A.
It was a long enjoyable day and a rare yet successful format of play! Well done all for embracing the concept and playing in good spirit. Thanks to Eastgate Tennis Club and Julia for opening up the bar!

Final Win Table (from max. 17 games): 
11 from 17 = M Hammonds, WINNER
8 from 14 = R Badger, RUNNER UP
7 from 16 = A Garbutt, THIRD
6 from 16 = J Boothman, FOURTH
3 from 11 = G Harwood, FIFTH
2 from 10 = CJ Simpson, SIXTH
1 from 10 = P Sleeth, SEVENTH

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