Once again I didn't get any notes for the Novice Ladies - I was juggling a bit and didn't get much down. Sorry Novice Ladies. The top four were all simply gorgeous. (My favourite was Dilli Kenyon.) Paris Stephens forgot her program partway through which was embarrassing for everyone.
I also didn't get any notes down for the Novice Men, but James Min was simply fabulous. He really reminds me of Jason Brown. Same showmanship, charisma, lovely lines and stretch.
1st Charlton Doherty (AUS) - 2A-2T, 2Lo, 2Lz, CCoSp, 2F, 2Lo, 2Lz-2T-2T (FAB!), FCSSp, StSq, 2A (2ft), 2Lz-2T, CCoSp, very tidy, very nice.
2nd Michael Durham (NZL) - "In the Mood" - 2Lz-2T, 2A-2T very big, 2Lo, CSSp, 2Lz-2T, 2A fall, FSSp, StSq, 2F, 2Lz hand, 2Lo, great improvement, brilliant.
1st Marin Ono/Hon Lam To (HKG) - Split 2Twist, SBS 2A-2T, hand to hand rotational lift verrrrrry nice, Th2S step, SBS CCoSp, SBS 2F, hand to waist rotational lift she's off balance oh she falls but it's controlled, PCCoSp, BO death spiral very cool, very low, great program, good pair, very clean and lovely to watch.
2nd Eliza Smyth/Jordan Dodds (AUS) - Split 1Twist, SBS 2T, hand to hand rotational lift, she crashes on the landing, SBS CCoSp GORGEOUS, BO death spiral, he tries to pull her up but she falls, very nice spirals, goes to lift her in spiral position and eeek they almost go a sixer, Th2T fall, hand to waist rotational lift nice, SBS 2F, StSq, Th2Lz, PCCoSp lovely, a nice looking pair and he's a very nice skater but...
1st Paris Stephens/Matthew Dodds (AUS) - Split 2Twist SBS 2Lz-2T (she did 1Lz-1T), Th2Lo (2ft), hand to hand rotational lift nice, SBS CCoSp, FO death spiral, SBS 1Lo (they both popped it), hand to hand rotational lift nice, Th2Lz (2ft), hand to waist rotational lift nice, PCCoSp very pretty, she's having an awful day poor thing, Matthew is comforting her as they go off, nice in place but just not quite there yet.
Jr Free Dance
1st Rhiarna Lagoutaris/Thomas Masters (AUS) - Twizzles okay, nice lift, cool steps, PCCoSp good, clever lift, rotational lift very good looking, and a cute lift to end. (Told you I didn't know enough about Ice Dance.) Very nice in places but need to work on execution IMO.
2nd Matilda Friend/Patrick Adderley (AUS) - Twizzles very nice, gorgeous Titanic-style lift, steps, spin very nice, steps, great rotational lift! A lot of promise in this couple.
Senior Dance Short Dance
At this point the TV cameras arrived and more and more people started to come in...
1st Danielle O'Brien/Gregory Merriman (AUS) - AND THE ROOF BLOWS OFF THE RINK! - Finnstep not bad, twizzles super, great steps, gorgeous rotational lift, vastly superior second half of the program and just exuding fun positive energy. Aww, they're hugging the flower girls who are then running off shrieking that they got hugs from them!
2nd Romana Elsener/Florian Roost (SWI) - Finnstep gorgeous, twizzles very nice, steps okay, rotational lift quite nice, superior pattern but fell away a little in the second half. Gorgeous costumes, she in a really ballroomy pink dress and him in a tux.
3rd Ayesha Campbell/Shane Speden (NZL) - Finnstep not bad, twizzles nice, steps good, rotational lift gorgeous I love this one. Hugely improved from the last time I saw them in June.
4th Katherin Firkin/Henri Dupont (AUS) - he's got his head shaved. I don't like it. Also, dull yellow. Bad. - lift to start, Finnstep messy, twizzles not bad, him very stumbly and nervous. Beetlejuice.
Senior Ladies - see below post.
Senior Men (okay by now I was super excited!)
1st Brendan Kerry (AUS) - 4T-3T (AND THE AUDIENCE RAISES THE ROOF), 3A just wonderful!, CCSp gorgeous line, 3Lo effortless, StSq oh no he's fallen on the second rocker, FSSp, CCoSp, FANTASTIC! Great program and if half the audience wasn't standing already everyone would have jumped to their feet!
2nd David Kranjec (AUS) - pretty onesie, reminds me a little of an Adam Rippon/Artur Gachinski hybrid - 2A, 3T-3T (possibly < on second jump), CCSp gorgeous stretch, 3Lo, CCoSp, StSq and this is just beautiful... goes for the flying entry to sit spin and oh no! he's wiped out! Gets up and steps forward into SSp, lovely skater, very elegant.
3rd Mark Webster (AUS) - 3A (and that end of the rink explodes! He looks very pleased with himself), 3T-2T, CSp very nice, 3F, FCSSp, CCoSp GREAT, great program, lots of vigour and verve, he wants it!
4th Julian Yee (MAS) - 2A, 3S-2T, FSSp, StSq, CCSp, 3F, CCoSp, very nice, very tidy and clean, draws the eye, good lines and extensions.
5th Maverick Eguia (HKG) - Skyfall, take a drink! - 2A, 3Lz-2T, FCSp, StSq, CUSp very nice, second guesses himself, flinches, turns once more 2F I don't think he meant to do that, CCoSp, very good skate by a nice little skater.
6th Jordan Dodds - Interview with a Vampire in an absolutely gorgeous dark maroon velvet. Gachinski cut of music - 3F< fall, 3T-2T, CCSp yikes he's lost it nope he saved it, FSSp, StSq, 2A, CCoSp, gorgeous elegant skater, effortless jumps.
7th Andrew Dodds - Pagilacci (sp?) in a strange clown shirt - 2A GORGEOUS, 3F fall, CSSp, 3Lz< fall, FCSp great lines, StSq fall, OMG SPREADEAGLE CAN HE HAVE POINTS FOR THAT, CCoSp fantastic positions, very nice skater, great extensions and body position, spreadeagles inside and out to die for.
8th Harry Lee (HKG) - he's covered in sparkly spiderwebs, why? - 3F< fall, 3S-2T, StSq, CCoSp nice, 1A oops, FCSp, CSSp nice, very tidy skater, promising, but why cobwebs?
9th Kwun Hung Leung (HKG) - 1A, 2T-3T<< fall, CCSp good, FSSp, 2S<< fall, StSq, CCoSp not bad, a lot of potential, moves very nicely, good carriage.
It may well be that Brendan didn't actually do the quad. My original notes say 3Lz-3T but the guy next to me convinced me that it was a 4T and my eyes just weren't used to the rotations. We'll have to wait for the protocols for that one. The other reason I thought it was 4T was because of the massive score.
Loving Chantelle! She was so great, I see lots of improvements over last season already! What was her score, must have been 40 something at least. Exciting to have an Australian lady with that kind of ability that actually trains in Australia (no offense to Brooklee, of course).
Yes, good for Chantelle.
Originally Posted by silverlake22
I don't remember her total score, but remember that TES is more than 28 (28.6 or so). (UPD - 28.94)
What happened to Broklee Han? wasnt she suppose to compete here?
She and Stephanie Zhang both withdrew, which brings the Senior Ladies field to a disappointing total of four. I always thought that they should have just taken the Senior Ladies list from Nationals last year and asked everyone on it - that would have at least made it five now.
Originally Posted by SaraM
Ahh that sucks... thought kerry was lovely though, exited to ser her at jgp thanks for the videos
The videos have now been taken by request and there won't be any more. I was told I wasn't in trouble though it still felt like it.
Exhausted now after having been at the rink a lot longer than bargained for...thanks to an unexpected interruption. Will defrost and write notes.
I can only imagine! Some of my friends were also volunteering and they just looked utterly exhausted... the power outage this afternoon, and the extended delay it caused, did nothing to help. I hope you get some good rest tonight!
Originally Posted by karne
I have to say, I was really impressed by the quality of skating! Only got to see the ice dancing yesterday (Danielle and Gregory were really impressive, and I think that the fact they outscored Florian and Romana is a fairly new development, and testament to just how hard they've been working) - and I only got to see the men tonight, in part because of the power outage. I always try to pack too much into one evening and never allow space for delays due to things like power outages.
That said, I really enjoyed what I saw of this competition! With regards to the men, Julian Zhi Jie Yee was very impressive, especially considering he's from Malaysia, which is not a country with a history or a culture of figure skating- a Malaysian coming third, even in a small Senior B comp, is not something I expected to see, but it was quite special to watch. And Brendan Kerry was really very impressive- he landed his first triple flip right on the beat. There was a really nice, smooth quality to his skating. It's super early in the season, too! - I'm really rather excited because this was my first time attending any international skating competition.
Karne, do you coach skaters in your local area? I'm impressed by all your technical knowledge (and jealous you got to watch Brandon and Chantelle live!)
Oh Orange Cat, I'm sorry I didn't get to meet you!
Okay, Day Three notes coming your way! First up were the Junior Ladies...
1st Kailani Craine (AUS) - 3S-2A seq, 3Lo-2Lo, 3S, 3Lo, FSSp, 2A, 2F-2Lo-2Lo, CCoSp, StSq, LSp beautiful, WOW! Skated out of her skin!
2nd Taylor Dean (AUS) - 2A<<, 2Lz, 2F, FSSp, 2Lo, LSp gorgeous, 2Lz-2T, CCoSp fantastic, StSq, 2A-Lo, 2Lz(e)-2Lo-2Lo<, great skate, gorgeous spins!
3rd Yancey Chan (AUS) - 1A oops, 2Lz, CCoSp, Rippon 2Lo stunning!, 2F, 2Lz-2Lo, FSSp, StSq, 2F-2Lo, 2Lo-2Lo-2Lo fantastic, LSp, nice skate, good lines.
4th Marin Ono (HKG) - 2A<, 2F, CCoSp lovely, StSq, FSSp nice, 2Lz(e)-2Lo, 2T<< 2ft, 2A<-2T<< 2ft, tano 2Lz, 2F-1Lo, LSp gorgeous, good skater, very promising, good carriage and flow.
5th Renee Hambly (AUS) - 2A stepout HUGE, 2F, 2Lz, CSSp, 2Lz fall, 1Lo, 1F, FSSp, StSq, 1Lz, CCoSp, such a shame after a great short but this happened at Hollins too.
6th Madelaine Parker (NZL) - 2A hand down, 2A turn very deep sit but doesn't go down, FSSp, 2Lz, 2Lo, LSp very nice, 2Lo-2Lo, 2F stepout, 2Lz both hands down, 1Lo, StSq, CCoSp, nice spins, excellent fight, never gave up.
7th Tiffany Lau (HKG) - 1A oops, 1Lz-2Lo, 2Lo-1Lo-2Lo, flying erk oops, wobbles into a SSp but idk if the panel will give it, 1F-1T, LSp, 2F<<, StSq, 2F, 2Lo, CCoSp, great finish.
8th Kristen Secola (AUS) - 2A turnout, 1Lz-1T, FCCoSp, 2F-2T-2Lo, 2A< fall, StSq, CCoSp, 1S, 2T, FCSp, nice in places but not very stable.
9th Tracy Danbrook (NZL) - "Hey Pachuco!" - 2Lo, 2F, FCSp, 1Lz-turn-1Lo-1Lo, 2F-2Lo<, 1A oops, StSq, 2Lz-1Lo, 2F, CCoSp, SSp. Lacking energy in places but kept fighting.
10th Tahli Gill (AUS) - 2F-2T, 2Lz(e), tano 2Lo gorgeous, FCCoSp, StSq, 2A<< fall, LSp nice, 2Lz(e)-2T-1Lo, I missed this jump but she fell off it, 2F-2T, CCoSp. Just wasn't there for her today.
11th Joanna So (HKG) - 2A, 3S<-2T, 2Lo, 2F<, FSSp, LSp lovely, 2S, 2A<< fall, 2Lz< fall, StSq, CCoSp, nice skater but jump landings not very secure.
12th Kirsten Hargreaves (AUS) - 2Lo, 2Lz-1T, FSSp, 1A-halfLo-2S, 2Lz(e), 2S-2T, CCoSp gorgeous, 2Lo, CUSp nice position, 2F fall, StSq, great spins.
13th Yi Ching Ng (SIN) - 2Lz(e), 2F<<, FCSp, 2Lo-tano 2Lo, tano 1A, StSq, 2F<< 2ft, tano 2Lo fantastic, LSp very nice, 1Lz(e)-1Lo, CCoSp nice, good spins, gorgeous loop.
14th Sarah MacGibbon (NZL) - "Art on Ice" by Edvin Marton, also more famously known as "Nijinsky", in an interesting onesie - 2A<<, 2Lo<, 2S-2Lo<<, FCSp nice line, 2F<<, 2F<< stepout, 2F<<, 1Lo, LSp lovely, StSq, CCoSp great, amazing spins...
15th Serena Xu (AUS) - 2A< fall, 1Lz< 2ft, 2Lo-2Lo<, FSSp lovely, fall backwards randomly, 2F< fall, StSq nice, 2Lz, CCoSp, 2S, 2Lo< fall, FCSp, poor thing had the wind knocked out of her from the get-go.
Now this ended up with a story to tell. We got through the first group fine. Then the second group came on to warm up. Everyone was , Mark Webster and Brendan Kerry started playing triple Axel psychological warfare...off comes the warmup, and Maverick Eguia is to go first. Hang on, we're told, just got to fix a computer glitch. Watch someone running around plugging wires and suddenly...VOOOOOOM - NO POWER! Just some small emergency type lights.
This is how dark it was
Maverick's stranded on the ice, no-one's quite sure what's going on, so at first he hams it up for the crowd and starts doing jumps in the half-light in front of them. But then the referee tells him to hop off, it's much more serious than first thought.
After a while we all start wandering outside in quest of heat and that's when the news comes through... 60,000 homes across Western Sydney are without power. And it's peak hour. And all the traffic lights are out. And the M5 tunnel, too. Wow. Oh no, thinks me. This'll take HOURS...
To give AusGrid their credit, the power was only gone for an hour. We then waited another 45 minutes so they could reboot the computers and rezamboni the ice, put the warmup group back on to warm up again, and away we go.
1st Brendan Kerry (AUS) - in a very gorgeous soft blue shirt, suspenders, tie, and pinstripe pants - 3F, 3A gorgeous, 3Lz, StSq, CCSp, 3A-3T huge!, 2Lz, 2Lo, CCoSp, 3S, 1A-2A SEQ, ChSq, FCSSp, just fabulous, didn't go all out but didn't need to, gorgeous lines and movement, fantastic jumps, and a 192 total which is freaking amazing.
2nd David Kranjec (AUS) - in another very Gachinski-esque costume, I think he was supposed to be a demon, but not sure - 2A, 2F-3T turnout, 3Lo turn-2T, FCCoSp, 3Lo, 2F, 2A, StSq, 3S-2T, 3T, CCoSp, ChSq, FSSp, STUNNING lines and movement, absolutely gorgeous, I was literally drooling.
3rd Julian Yee (MAS) - In a fantastically simple black velvet top with silver sparkles over one shoulder and black pants. Mission Impossible - FCSp, 2A-2T-2T<, 3S-2T, 3F turnout, CSSp GREAT!, 2Lz, StSq, 3F-2T, 3S, 3T, 2A, CCoSp, ChSq, fantastic performance, gorgeous skater, really soft nice stroking and carriage, great lines.
4th Mark Webster (AUS) - Gershwin in a gorgeous black velvet waist coat over blue shirt, with blue sparkles on the coat - 3A< fall, 3T, 2Lo, CSp, StSq, 3F turn-3T< step, FSSp, 3F< fall, 3S, 3S-3T, ChSq, 2A, CCoSp, and he's not happy at all to have lost the triple Axel battle. Really nice skate in parts but just got a bit desperate.
5th Maverick Eguia (PHI) - crowd favourite after the blackout! - 3Lo, 3Lz, 3F, FCSp, 2F-2T, CCoSp, StSq fantastic, 3Lz< fall, 2A, 2A-1T 2ft, 3S, CUSp nice position, ChSq fantastic, heaps of promise, great fun to watch.
6th Andrew Dodds (AUS) - brother vs brother round two, lovely black velvet onesie with different coloured squiggles at the collar, wrists and legs - 3F< fall, 2A, 3T, FCCoSp, 2Lz, CSSp, StSq, 2F, 3S-2T hand down, 2A, 3Lz<< fall, ChSq, CCoSp can't grab the foot for donut yikes. Nice program.
7th Jordan Dodds (AUS) - in the best costume of the night IMO, all-black onesie with a dark purple inserted sash and a few sparkles on the front and his forearms - 3T< 2ft, 3Lo hand down, 1Lz, 2A-2T just stunning, FCCoSP, 2T, StSq, 3S-2T-2T, FCSSp, ChSq, 3S, 2A 2ft, CCoSp, lovely lines and extensions but not on it tonight.
8th Harry Lee (HKG) - 3F< hand, 3S-2T, 2A, StSq, CSSp, 3T-2T, 2T, 3S, FCSp, ChSq, 2A, 1F, CCoSp, dinner arrived during his skate so I was kinda distracted, but a very promising skater.
9th Kwun Hung Leung (HKG) - in a droopy velvet top that actually suited quite well - 2A< 2ft, 3S step, FCCSp, StSq, 2Lo, FCCoSp, 2T-3T<<, ChSq, 1A-2T-1Lo, 2S-1T, Rippon 2Lz GORGEOUS, 2F, CCoSp, flashes of brilliance, watch out for this one.
As a preamble, I don't know whether it was the fact that we were two hours behind schedule or what, but the ladies were...not very clean.
1st Chantelle Kerry (AUS) - 3T< hand-2t, 3S nice, CCoSp, 3Lo turn-2T-2T 2ft, 2T, StSq, 1A oops, CUSp, ChSq, 1Lo 2ft, 2A-2T, FCCoSp, very pretty, good lines, lovely movement.
2nd Sumika Yamada (HKG) - 2A hand, 3S turn-2T, 2F<< 2ft, 2Lo-1T-1T, 2A<< 2ft, LSp, StSq, 2Lo, CCoSp. Great skater with loads of potential.
3rd Clara Peters (IRL) - in a lovely grey dress with long gloves! - FSSp, 2A, 3S< fall, 3Lo, LSp lovely, StSq, 3S< 2ft, 2A, 2F-2T, ChSq, 1Lz, CCoSp, lovely program, nice lines and energy.
4th Jaimee Nobbs (AUS) - 2Lo, 2A, 2S, CCoSp, 2Lo, 2F, 1A, LSp, StSq no energy, FCCoSp, 2F-1T, ChSq. No energy at all, very flat all the way through. Skater looked disinterested.
Ah! The one we'd all been waiting for. The crowd got bigger. And noisier. And there were TV cameras. You know, big time stuff.
1st Danielle O'Brien/Gregory Merriman (AUS) - Circus number in bright clown colours - Twizzles great, curve lift nice, rotational lift GASP GURGLE WOW, steps fabulous, PCCoSp great positions, another nice lift, more steps that I don't understand what's going on but it's great anyway, circular steps with loads of energy, rotational lift to finish, tons of energy and character and loads of fun.
2nd Romana Elsener/Florian Roost (SWI) - Tango de Roxanne, her dress is STUNNING let me tell you - twizzles fantastic, curve lift very smooth, holding steps very sync, PCCoSp nice positions, a series of three very gorgeous lifts, more steps I don't understand, rotational lift to finish and uh-oh the music has glitched and cut out early. Massimo Scali is very scary when he's angry. Run away. Romana and Florian took it very well and finished properly.
3rd Ayesha Campbell/Shane Speden (NZL) - "Bleeding Love" by Adele - Rotational lift lovely to start, twizzles nice, steps right to the beat, a nice lift that wobbled slightly but he held it, PCCoSp nice, another nice rotational lift, circular steps to the faster beat great!, diagonal lift and WHOA he nearly lost it in his besti squat but somehow and IDK how he has saved himself AND kept her in her lovely position! Gorgeous program, this couple has improved miles from the last time I saw them in June, they are working really hard.
4th Katherin Firkin/Henri Dupont (AUS) - Elton John mix including Crocodile Rock and Sacrifice...very disjointed music - lift wobbly, twizzles he fell out, curve lift nice but simple, PCCoSp okay, very slow steps to a faster beat not working, lift again, not bad, rotational lift to finish. Disjointed music and disjointed sloppy skating unfortunately. Nice in parts.
So that's my notes from the comp. By now everyone was exhausted because we were two hours late. Danielle and Gregory had a longer task to come; they spent about an hour after that doing interviews and photos and camera shots. I took this opportunity to go fangirly and got photos with Brendan (very polite), David (very very polite and such a tiny waist!), Clara (so graceful and nice!), Julian (who was very surprised but I really loved his program!), three of the Dodds boys (Jordan, Andrew and Matthew) who were all very graceful and polite even though they were all very tired (and their mum is so nice!), AND Danielle and Greg after they finished their long photoshoot. They were also really nice!
Australian male skaters all seem to be very handsome!
I don't. I'm just a low-level skater myself, but I do some data entry so listen in to the tech specialists, and well, I just love all the technical stuff!
Originally Posted by silverlake22
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karne, Thanks for the great reports! I hope you had as lovely a time!