3rd Place at Moomba Masters / Moomba Masters Recap – Australia Update #7

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The 2014 Moomba Masters is in the books! A few words that come to mind when I look back on the event are: spectacular, one of a kind, memorable and another milestone reached.

2014 Moomba Masters Crowd

2014 Moomba Masters Crowd

2014 Moomba Masters looking at Melbourne from the Swan Street Bridge

2014 Moomba Masters looking at Melbourne from the Swan Street Bridge

Look of the Moomba Masters course from the Melbourne City end. Skier - Breanne Dodd

Look of the Moomba Masters course from the Melbourne City end. Skier – Breanne Dodd

For me, it all started on Saturday for the Men’s Slalom Prelims. There were 26 skiers and the field was being cut to 15. I felt confident going into the round but was still a little nervous about skiing on the Yarra River. It was only my second time skiing on the Yarra so I still wasn’t too sure what to expect. I knew I needed to run 35off to advance. I came into the course under the Swan Street Bridge and all I could see was a lot of rollers at the 55’s where I needed to pull out. I decided to pull out for my gate earlier than usual to try to avoid them but I wasn’t able to get up on the boat, I had no speed and I was narrow. I headed in towards the gate and going into one, I thought I was way too close for comfort to the right hand gate ball and feared that I may have missed my gates. I skied 32off very tentatively trying to feel out the river. I got through the course to the city end and saw the boat shorten the line. This told me that I made my gates which was a huge relief. Coming back from the city end at 35off, I was still skiing cautiously, but I was able to run the pass even with a few bobbles and the ski stalling at 5 and pulling all the way to 6. I knew I was in the finals and felt that I knew how the river was skiing. I ran 38 which was my best pass so far. I felt like I was skiing and was ready to attack 39. I had an ok start and ended up with 2 ½ @ 39. This put me in the middle of the pack as the 7th seed in the semi finals. Nate Smith had the top score of 3@41 followed by Chris Parrish 2@41 and Thomas Degasperi 0@41off.

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Brian Detrick – 2014 Moomba Masters Men’s Slalom Prelims
Photo by Wearhehobo

2014 Moomba Masters

2014 Moomba Masters

Going into the semi-finals on Sunday, my dad said that I skied way to tentative in the prelims and that I needed to just go out and ski and not think about the river. I was ready to take his advance and ski! I felt ready to go in the semi-finals and as I stood on the dock, I knew I needed a minimum of 2 ½@39off to advance to the finals. I felt way better this set and I was skiing and not worrying about falling. 32, 35 and 38 felt really good. The way I was skiing, I felt like I could run 39 on the Yarra River. I came into the course at 39, from the city end where I have been struggling with my gates. Previous passes from that end I was over shooting the gate and could not get a good start. Unfortunately, this 39 wasn’t different. I over shot the gate and had a lot of speed into 1 ball. I knew I only needed 2 ½ buoys to advance so I no longer had a goal to run the pass, I just wanted to make sure I made it into the finals. With the excess speed into 1 ball, I was very patient to make sure I stayed on top of my ski. I knew I just needed to get to 2 ball, my on side turn, and I could get to 3. I got to 2 and turned 2 on the tail and pulled to 3 where I got the ski around it and “S turn” for a full 3@39off and a ticket into the finals. 8 advanced to the finals and I was the 6th seed. Thomas Degasperi had the top score of 1@41off followed by Will Asher, Chris Parrish, Aaron Larkin and Nick Adams all with 4@39off.

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Brian Detrick’s skier bib and ski for 2014 Moomba Masters

It was MOOMBA MONDAY and I was thrilled to be skiing in the finals! I was the 3rd skier off the dock so I felt I was in a good position to put up a good score and let the rest of the field catch it. As I watched the women slalom finals before I skied, I was definitely a lot more nervous than the previous 2 days. I had butterflies in my stomach and my body just felt different. I tried to remind myself that it was just another ski ride and lets go out and have some fun. This was the biggest final I have ever been in; in my young career. My nervousness changed though as I went down to the dock and started my warm up routine. Once I got into my routine the nerves went away and I was able to get in the zone and ski like the previous rounds. 4.5@38off, by Adam Sedlmajer, was in the lead as I took the water. I came under the Swan Street bridge at 32off and was excited to be skiing in the finals in front of the large Moomba crowd; 200,000+ spectators over the weekend. I had a pretty good opening pass. I was going a little hard out of the buoy, I think because I was a little amped, but I told myself to just relax. I overshot the gate just a bit at 35 but it was probably my best gate so far from the city end. 38off was a great pass and I was feeling dialed and confident going into 39. I found myself back at the city end waiting to come in at 39off. I was determined to get a good gate since I still hadn’t had a great gate from the city end. The current was flowing and I barely pulled out at 39 for my gate. I thought I was in the right spot as I rolled in for the gate but it felt like I was heading down course still instead of across course. I had more speed than I wanted at 1 ball. I knew it was good enough to get down the course though. I pulled to 2 and had a big turn; probably too big. I got pulled up a bit and a little separated through the wakes into 3; which caused me to be a bit narrow. I felt that I was still in a position to turn 3 ball, head to 4 and be in a position to run the pass. This was until I found myself on the front of the ski at the finish of 3 ball. I quickly rocked back a bit to stand up on the ski so I could get a full 3 buoys. I didn’t think it was going to be a big hit until the rope got tight quicker than I expected and I was pulled over the ski fully stretched out 2 feet above the water doing the superman with my ski 3 feet behind me. Below is an awesome picture by Toby Daff right after I released from the ski. Towards the end of last year, I decided that I needed to start being smarter about not taking big hits or falls but I knew that it was the finals and I had to put the body on the line to get the best score possible. As I sat in the water, I was pleased with my performance but I didn’t think it would be enough to hold up with 5 guys still to ski.

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Andy Mapple, Nate Smith and Brian Detrick

As I looked up to shore and saw the banks lined with thousands of people, the tiny boat came and picked me up. I was surprised to see Andy Mapple and Nate Smith in the tiny. It was a pretty cool experience to have both of them, who were knocked out in the semi-finals, pick me up and talk to me about my set and how incredible it is to ski in the finals on Moomba Monday in front of this enormous crowd. A huge smile was brought to my face when Andy said

Andy Mapple and Nate Smith congratulating Brian Detrick after a great finals run at the 2014 Moomba Masters

Andy Mapple and Nate Smith congratulating Brian Detrick after a great finals run at the 2014 Moomba Masters

something along the lines of…[That was great skiing in the finals. Awesome weekend of skiing. Congrats!] For those of you that don’t know, Andy Mapple dominated Men’s Slalom skiing in the late 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s and he is someone who all slalom water skiers; both young and old, looked up to. I believe Andy is a 13 time Moomba Masters Champion. He retired about 8 years ago but has been asked to ski in the last 2 Moomba Masters events. This was the first time I skied against Andy so I had to get a picture with one of my idols. And Nate Smith is a good friend of mine and he is the current Men’s Slalom World Champion and World Record holder.

Brian Detrick and Andy Mapple

Brian Detrick and Andy Mapple

Brian Detrick signing autographs at the 2014 Moomba Masters

Brian Detrick signing autographs at the 2014 Moomba Masters

As I was brought back to shore, I had people, both young and old, coming up wanting an autograph and/or to take a picture with me. I signed shirts, brochures and even body parts (all appropriate). I remember how cool it was for me when I was a kid and was able to have a pro skier (at the Malibu Open in Sacramento, CA,) sign a shirt, bib or poster for me or take a picture with me; so I wanted to take the opportunity to give back and make a memory for others to always remember.

Brian Detrick taking a picture with young fans after the finals of the 2014 Moomba Masters

Brian Detrick taking a picture with young fans after the finals of the 2014 Moomba Masters

Brian Detrick with Centurion Boats Victoria dealers

Brian Detrick with Centurion Boats Victoria dealers at 2014 Moomba Masters

Brian Detrick and his dad after his ride in the finals of the 2014 Moomba Masters

Brian Detrick and his dad after his ride in the finals of the 2014 Moomba Masters

Robyn Viljoen, Brian Detrick and Bailey Austin. 2014 Moomba Masters

Robyn Viljoen, Brian Detrick and Bailey Austin. 2014 Moomba Masters

It was now a waiting game with 5 skiers on the dock; Nick Adams, Aaron Larkin, Will Asher, Chris Parrish and Thomas Degasperi. Nick had an early fall at 38, Larkin tied me with 2.5@39, Asher fell a 1 ball at 39 and Parrish missed his gates at 35. Just like the previous weekend at the Australian Open ProAm, I found myself in a tie for 1st place with the same last skier on the dock, Thomas Degasperi. I walked back down to the starting dock to get ready for a potential run off depending on what Thomas did. I was on the dock watching Thomas come in from the city end at 39off. He needed a full 3 for the win and he did just that as he “S turned” 3 ball to become the 2014 Moomba Masters Champion. I tied for 2nd place with Aaron Larkin but since he had a higher seed coming into the finals, he got 2nd and I finished in 3rd Place.

2014 Moomba Masters Men Slalom Podium 3rd - Aaron Larkin NZ 1st - Thomas Degasperi ITA  2nd - Brian Detrick USA Photo by Des Burke-Kennedy

2014 Moomba Masters Men Slalom Podium
3rd – Aaron Larkin NZL 1st – Thomas Degasperi ITA 2nd – Brian Detrick USA
Photo by Des Burke-Kennedy

2014 Moomba Masters Men's Slalom Results

2014 Moomba Masters Men’s Slalom Results

I was ecstatic about my 3rd place finish at the 2014 Moomba Masters but there was still a small feeling of aaahhhhhh (I can’t think of a word to describe the feeling) since I was so close to first place once again. Nevertheless, I had just made the podium at back to back events! Talking to a few veteran skiers after the event, many of them believe that Moomba Masters is the biggest event of the year. Larkin even said that the finals was the worst conditions he has ever skied in at Moomba and he has skied in 13 Moomba Masters and made the finals in 10 of them. This made my 3rd place finish feel even better! I will leave you with this fabulous photo from the start of Night Jump Finals on Moomba Monday.

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2014 Moomba Masters – Right Before the Start of Monday’s Night Jump Finals. Photo by Geena Krueger

 

 

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Moomba Masters Stream – LIVE WEBCAST

2014 Moomba Masters Live Webcast from Melbourne, Australia on the Yarra River

If you on the West Coast of the USA, subtract 5 hours and add a day to figure out the times here in Australia. Melbourne is 19 hours ahead of the west coast.

Saturday 8th March 2014

River Closed 11am
Womens Tricks 11.15am – 12.30pm
Mens Tricks 12.30pm – 2.00pm
Mens Slalom Seed 1 & 2 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Wakeboard Mens LCQ Heat 1 & 2 5.00pm – 6.00pm
TRANSIT 6.00pm – 6.30pm
Wakeboard Mens LCQ Heat 1 & 2 6.30pm – 7.00pm
Womens Jump semi Final 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Wakeboard Mens LCQ Heat 3 & 4 8.00pm- 9.00pm
TRANSIT 9.00pm – 9.15pm
Men’s Night Jump
Womens Night Jump 9.15pm – 10.45pm
River Open
10.45pm

Sunday 9th March 2014

River Closed 11.00am
Mens Slalom Semi Final 11.15am – 1.30pm
Course Change 1.30pm – 1.45pm
Womens Tricks Semi Final 1.45pm – 2.45pm
Mens Tricks Semi Final 2.45pm – 3.45pm
Course Change 3.45pm – 4.00pm
Womens Slalom Semi Final 4.00pm – 5.30pm
Mens Jump Semi Final 5.30pm – 6.00pm
TRANSIT- River Open 6.00pm – 6.30pm
Mens Jump Semi Final continued 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Wakeboard Mens Semi Finals 7.30pm – 9.00pm
TRANSIT – River Open 9.00pm – 9.15pm
Men’s Night Jump
Womens Night Jump
9.15pm – 10.45pm
River Open 10.45pm

Monday 10th March 2014

River Closed 9.30am
Wakeboarding 9.30am – 11.15am
Womens Tricks 11.15am- 12.00 noon
TRANSIT – River Open 12.00noon – 12.20pm
Mens Tricks 12.20pm – 1.20pm
Womens Slalom 1.20pm – 2.30pm
Mens Slalom 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Course Change 3.30pm – 3.45pm
Womens Jump 3.45pm – 4.30pm
Mens Jump 4.30pm – 5.30pm

TRANSIT – River Open 5.30pm – 5.50pm
Wakeboard 5.50pm – 7.30pm
PRESENTATIONS 7.30pm – 8.00pm
Womens Night jump 1
Men’s Night Jump 1 8.00pm – 10.00pm
River Open 10.00pm

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Moomba Training / Moomba Masters Live Webcast & Schedule – Australia Update #6

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20140305_101403After a very exciting 2nd place finish at the 2014 Australian Open ProAm, I flew down to Melbourne to train for the next event in Australia, the Moomba Masters on the Yarra River. I trained with the Collicoat Family on a river in Bridgewater; a small town about 2 hours from Melbourne. Ironically, I went to college (Saint Mary’s College)
with one of the Collicoat’s family friends, Matthew Dellavedova (Delly). Delly played basketball at SMC and is now in the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The water ski club at Bridgewater has a great set up and the river skied great. But I wasn’t looking for great conditions as the Yarra can be very challenging due to the current, tide, and sea walls. I skied in some of the hardest conditions I have ever skied in as we ran the boat up and down and spun at each end. It was great training for Moomba but I will still be respecting the Yarra once I get out on the water.

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While in Bridgwater, I saw a lot of HO Skis. It is always great to see people skiing on the best skis on the market. Most of the people were on A2′s and A3′s. The Aussies love the bright colors so I wasn’t surprised to see the Syndicate A3 Lemon-ited and Radioactive skis.

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Two years ago when I came to Australia for the first time, I did a post on Aussie Terminology. I received great feedback on how people enjoyed seeing the terminology they use here compared to back home in the states. While in Bridgewater, I went to the Cafe in town (which has an amazing omelet btw). They had a sign that said “Best of Aussie Slang”. I knew I had to share it as it topped my post from 2 years ago.
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I ski tomorrow (Saturday). Men’s slalom starts at 2pm; which would be 7pm PST on Friday evening. For the West Coast, subtract 5 hours from your time and add a day. The Moomba Masters event is web casted live so you can watch via this link http://briandetrick.com/water-ski-news/moomba-stream-live-webcast/

Friday’s (Today) Events
Women’s Slalom Seed 1 & 2 11,15am- 2.15pm
Course Change 2.15pm – 2.30pm
Women’s Jump 2.30pm – 4.00pm
Mens Jump Seed 1 & 2 4.00pm – 6.00pm
TRANSIT- River Open 6.00pm – 6.30pm
Mens Jump Seed 1 & 2 CONTINUED 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Wakeboard Mens 7.30pm – 9.00pm
TRANSIT & Course Change – River Open 9.00pm – 9.15pm
Men’s Night Jump 9.15pm – 10.45pm

Saturday’s (Tomorrow) Events
Womens Tricks 11.15am – 12.30pm
Mens Tricks 12.30pm – 2.00pm
Mens Slalom Seed 1 & 2 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Wakeboard Mens LCQ Heat 1 & 2 5.00pm – 6.00pm
TRANSIT 6.00pm – 6.30pm
Wakeboard Mens LCQ Heat 1 & 2 6.30pm – 7.00pm
Womens Jump semi Final 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Wakeboard Mens LCQ Heat 3 & 4 8.00pm- 9.00pm
TRANSIT 9.00pm – 9.15pm
Men’s Night Jump
Womens Night Jump 9.15pm – 10.45pm

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My 2nd Place Finish / Final Results of the 2014 Australian Open ProAm – Australia Update #5

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It was an exciting day today at the 2nd and final day of the 2014 Australian Open ProAm! A lot of great skiing in both of the Open Men and Women divisions. It started out with the second round. Emma and Geena put up some great scores and we could see it was going to be a battle for the title in the womens finals.

Round 2 Results
Open Women
AUS Emma Sheers 2@39
GER Geena Krueger 2@39
USA Bailey Austin 3.5@35
RSA RobynViljoen 2.5@32

For the men, scores were a little better for some guys in the 2nd round and the cut was 3@39off to get into the top 8 and advance to the finals. I ran 5@39 in the second round. It didn’t feel as good as Saturday’s first round but I was still pleased to have one of the top scores. My first two passes were great but I jumped on it at 1 at 38 and that intensity stayed with me the rest of the set. It rained a lot on Saturday and throughout the night, so the water was a little colder on Sunday; so it was a little faster which some skiers liked.

Round 2 Results
Open Men
ITA Thomas Degasperi 3@41
USA Brian Detrick 5@39
GBR Will Asher 5@39
ITA Carlo Allais 5@39
USA Corey Vaughn 5@39
AUS Nick Adams 4.5@39
CZE Adam Sedlmajer 3@39
AUS Joel Howley 2.5@39
USA Brooks Wilson 5@38
RSA Eamon Van Der Merwe 5@38
USA Austin Abel 2.5@38
AUS Joel Wing 3.5@32

The finals fields were set and the Australians were lined up on the shore to see some great skiing. The women all started the finals off right with all of them putting up their best scores of the weekend. Geena set the bar with 2@39 to put the pressure on the veteran Emma Sheers. Emma is a strong skier and faught her way to victory as she squeaked around three ball to get 2.5@39. It was still great skiing by Geena as she came close to getting a piece of three which would have broke her own German National record of 2@39.

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Awards Presentation

Finals
Open Women
1 AUS Emma Sheers 2.5@39
2 GER Geena Krueger 2@39
3 USA Bailey Austin 1@38
4 RSA RobynViljoen 3@32

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The men picked up right where the women left off. Adam “Sledgehammer” Sedlmajer started off the finals with a huge score of 2@41 and Nick Adams was second off and he ran 2@41 as well. I don’t think the Aussie crowd could have asked for a better way to start the finals. As the top 3 seeds, Joel Howley, myself and Thomas Degasperi stood on the dock, 2@41 was still in the lead with 3@39 was a tie for 3rd place. Joel went out in front of his home crowd and ran 2@41. The Aussie crowd was thrilled to see their two countryman tied for the lead with 2 skiers to go. I was up next and felt a little pressure but I was focused on my “Q’s” and determined to ski well. I felt good at my early passes and had a good start at 39. I had a few bobbles but just continued to stay patient and was able to finish the pass. I was now at the money pass and really wanted to get a piece of 3 to take the lead but I wanted to make sure I got at least a full 2. I had a great gate but I was a little slow and on the tail out of 1, I pulled hard to 2, got the ski around and quickly attempted to “S” turn; which I struggle with on my on side turn. I wasn’t burning speed as quickly as I wanted but I was able to get a tight line and load the rope as hard as I could to squeak through the boat guides in time for the full 2. So there was now a 4 way tie for first at 2@41. TGas was now on the water and he had run 3@41 both rounds and was looking good so far in the tournament. He ran 39 again so it was now a waiting game. All eyes were on the water as he approached the course at 41 off. From talking to the crowd, they wanted to see him get two so there would be a 5 way fun off. TGas didn’t have a very good one, he pulled to 2 (everyone thought he would stand up), but he tried to crank 2 and fell in. I quickly found myself in a 4 way tie for 1st with Joel, Sledgehammer and Nick. We were going to have to do a run off and start at 39. Joel went first and had great conditions as he ran 39 and got 2@41 again. As the boat came back to the dock it began to rain. Nick went out and ran 2.5@39. As it continues to rain, I was up next. I had a decent start but got a little deep at 4 and rushed 5 and fell in for a score of 4.5@39. Sledgehammer wore glasses/goggles to try and see better in the rain but having not skied in about an hour, he had a challenge ahead of him. He had a great one but he had a big 2 and stood up at 3 to secure 3rd place. Congrats to Joel Howley for winning his 1st Pro Tour Event! It was great to have some new faces on the podium. This was probably the youngest podium finish in a long time with all three of us being between 21 and 26 years old. 20140301_213801Open Men Finals
1 AUS Joel Howley 2@41 – 2@41 off in run off
2 USA Brian Detrick 2@41 – 4.5@39 off in run off
3 CZE Adam Sedlmajer 2@41 – 3@39 off in run off
4 AUS Nick Adams 2@41 – 2.5@39 off in run off
5 ITA Thomas Degasperi 1.5@41
6 ITA Carlo Allais 3@39
7 USA Corey Vaughn 3@39
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Brian Detrick - 2nd Place 2014 Australian Open ProAm

Brian Detrick – 2nd Place 2014 Australian Open ProAm

This was one of the most exciting events I have been a part of. I don’t think 4 guys or girls have ever tied for 1st Place in a Pro Tour Event. This was a huge weekend for myself, not only running 39 for the first time in a Pro Tour Event, but finishing 2nd is the highest I have placed in a Pro Tour Event. The field this year was very strong! I have put in a lot of hard work and time to train throughout the winter this year and it is an amazing feeling to see the results pay off. I couldn’t have asked for a better start to my 2014 season and I am looking forward to the 2014 Moomba Masters next weekend in Melbourne on the Yarra River. 20140301_173220 The 2014 Australian Open was also a ProAm. 2 amateurs were teamed up with a pro and their scores were added together. Team Krueger came in third, Team Adams in 2nd and Team Sedlmajer took home the inaugural Team championships! 20140302_165042Thank you to Stoney Park, the officials and event sponsors for hosting an awesome event! This event continues to grow and get better each year. I look forward to skiing many more Australian Open ProAm events in the years to come!

     

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2014 Australian Open ProAm Round 1 Results – Australia Update #4

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20140301_133551-1Round 1 of the 2014 Australian Open ProAm is in the books. Despite the adverse weather all day; there was some good skiing. It has been raining majority of the day. I was stoked about my first round. I ran over the top of 3@41off to get a score of 2@41off which put me in 2nd place after the first round. This is actually the first time I have run 39off in a pro tour event so it makes it that much sweeter. I have had many 4.5, 5 and 5.5′s so it feels good to finish one and get that monkey off my back. At times it can be tough to see depending on how bad the rain is. Many skiers chose to wear goggles. I chose not to wear any. I had some rain on my first couple of passes and then it stopped a bit for my 39 and 41. Below are the results from the first round. The 2nd round will be tomorrow morning and then the finals in the afternoon. All the women will advance to the finals and the top 8 men (top 8 scores from either round) will advance to the finals.

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It is hard to tell from the picture but it was raining when I took the picture. You can see that it is overcast.

Open Women Slalom
AUS Emma Sheers 4.5@38
GER Geena Krueger 3@38
USA Bailey Austin 1@38
RSA Robyn Viljoen 1.5@28

Open Men Slalom
ITA Thomas Degasperi 3@41
USA Brian Detrick 2@41
AUS Joel Howley 1.5@41
GBR Will Asher 5@39
ITA Carlo Allais 4@39
CZE Adam Sedlmajer 2.5@39
USA Brooks Wilson 5@38
USA Corey Vaughn 4.5@38
AUS Nick Adams 3.5@38
AUS Joel Wing 3.5@38
RSA Eamon Van Der Merwe 3@38
USA Austin Abel 2.5@38

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