2009 Potter Cup

May 28 - 31, 2009
Barcelona, Spain
Real Club de Polo
The 2009 Potter Cup is in the books, and the USIC team made an excellent showing. But as Captain Emeritus Jeff Winkler predicted, the 2008 Spanish
team runners up came loaded for bear in 2009! To make matters worse, through the vagaries of the expanded 10 team draw, our improved US team matched up with Spain in the first round. At line 1, Joey Rive played an inspiring match against former ATP 23 Jordi Arrese, giving him his toughest test of the week losing 7-6, 6-1. Joey really had Arrese missing on his favorite surface - his backyard. Kevin Gillette at line two had a long tough 3 setter against Miguel Puigdevall, who also won the rest of the matches. At line three, Peter Smith had a match up with recent World Champion Eduard Osta and the 6-4, 6-1 score could have easily have reversed. Much closer than it appears. 

Our President, Dan Waldman drew former #33 in the world Fernando Luna, and played an excellent second set 6-0, 7-5. El Presidente came within 2 points of the second set and if Luna had not played perfectly, it was apparent that Dan had the edge fitness wise. At #5, Brucie Lipka ran into Jesus Colas, losing 6-0, 6-2. Jesus decided to wait until the second set to miss a ball.

The strength of our team was demonstrated from there on as we did not lose another match. The US beat Belgium 5-0 with Dan sitting out and Stephan Hagerup winning at 5. This is the same Belgium that the US beat last year 4-3.

Our final match for the 5th and 6th was against a strong German team that lost to Great Britain in a match that was decided by a hamstring injury a game away from victory. Joey beat Stephan Fasthoff in a 3rd set super tie-break in another great match. Peter beat former European Champion Norbert Henn 6-0, 6-2 and Stephan Hagerup beat a good player in Peter Dinckels 6-3, 6-0. Kevin and Bruce ended with walkovers midway through the first set in each.

While Fifth place is not the position we would have liked to finish, I can report that our team was very competitive: if a couple of breaks went our way against Spain, we would have had a very different result. The final standings were as follows:

1 Spain
2 Great Britain
3 France
4 Italy
5 United States
6 Germany
7 (tie)
Belgium
Luxembourg
Ireland
10 Israel

Finally, it has been an honor for me to be around such a fine team and to have a great experience at the Potter Cup. It truly is in the spirit of the IC. While we did not come away with the Cup, we are very close, and I look forward to great things next year!

Tres Cushing
Captain
TEAM: TEAM:
PIERRE THYS Player 1 PAUL HOFFMANN
64 62
PHILIPPE VERCRUYSSE Player 2 GEORGES FABER
46 63 75
ERIC DAWANCE Player 3 HENRI REIBER
61 64
MARC GRANDJEAN Player 4 PIERRE KURT
62 60
MICHEL DE MARNEFFE Player 5 CLAUDE FERNAND
36 75 76(5)
P. THYS / P. VERCRUYSSE Doubles 1 P. HOFFMANN / P. KURT
64 75
M. GRANJEAN / E. DAWANCE Doubles 2 G. FABER / H. REIBER
75 76(6)
The team from beats the team from by: 5-2
BARCELONA, 28th MAY 2009
Captain Captain
XXXVI POTTER CUP
Referee
28th to 31st May 2009
IC BELGIUM IC LUXEMBOURG
IC BELGIUM IC LUXEMBOURG
TEAM: TEAM:
PETER LOWTHER Player 1 ANTHONY HARRIS
61 62
VICTOR DRUMMY Player 2 SHAI ABROMOVICH
63 61
PAUL BANKS Player 3 MARK BERGMAN
63 62
NEIL WILSON Player 4 RUBI FORGES
60 60
JIMMY MCDONOGH Player 5 JACOB FIVEL
61 64
V. DRUMMY / P. BANKS Doubles 1 A. HARRIS / J. FIVEL
75 62
N. WILSON / P. GUIRY Doubles 2 S. ABRAMOVITCH / R. GOLDMAN
63 46 10-8
The team from beats the team from by:
BARCELONA, MAY 2009
Captain Captain
XXXVI POTTER CUP
Referee
28th to 31st May 2009
IC IRELAND IC ISRAEL
TEAM: TEAM:
JEREMY BATES Player 1 STEFAN FASTHOFF
16 62 64
NICK FULWOOD Player 2 MANFRED JUNGNITSCH
SIMON CURTIS Player 3 NORBERT HENN
62 61
CRAIG CAMPBELL Player 4 THIES ROPCKE
62 63
CHRIS HEARNE Player 5 LUTZ STEINHOFEL
46 64 45 retired
J. BATES / N. FULWOOD Doubles 1 S. FASTHOFF / N. HENN
64 01 retired
C. CAMPBELL / C. HEARNE Doubles 2 M. JUNGNITSCH / T. ROPCKE
63 60
The team from beats the team from by: 4-3
BARCELONA, MAY 2009
Captain Captain
XXXVI POTTER CUP
Referee
28th to 31st May 2009
IC GREAT BRITAIN IC GERMANY
IC GREAT BRITAIN IC GERMANY
TEAM: TEAM:
JOEY RIVE Player 1 JORDI ARRESE
76(4) 61
KEVIN GILLETTE Player 2 MIQUEL PUIGDEVALL
61 46 61
PETER SMITH Player 3 EDUARD OSTA
64 61
DANNY WALDMAN Player 4 FERNANDO LUNA
60 75
BRUCE LIPKA Player 5 JESUS COLAS
60 62
Doubles 1
Doubles 2
The team from beats the team from by: 5-0
BARCELONA, 29th MAY 2009
Captain Captain
XXXVI POTTER CUP
Referee
28th to 31st May 2009
IC SPAIN IC USA
IC USA IC SPAIN
TEAM: TEAM:
GIOVANNI LELLI MAMI Player 1 VICTOR DRUMMY
62 62
PAOLO FRASSON Player 2 PAUL BANKS
61 62
EDOARDO MAZZA Player 3 NEIL WILSON
60 61
ANGELO TANGANELLI Player 4 JIMMY MCDONOGH
61 61
MARCO ARMELLINI Player 5 PAT GUIRY
60 61
Doubles 1
Doubles 2
The team from beats the team from by: 5-0
BARCELONA, 29th MAY 2009
Captain Captain
XXXVI POTTER CUP
Referee
28th to 31st May 2009
IC ITALY IC IRELAND
IC ITALY IC IRELAND
TEAM: TEAM:
PIERRE THYS Player 1 JOSEPH MATEO
60 62
FREDERIC JAMMART Player 2 JACQUES HERVET
63 63
PHILIPPE VERCRUYSSE Player 3 CHRISTOPHE FOURNERIE
63 retired
ERIC DAWANCE Player 4 JEAN LECLERCQ
60 61
MARC GRANDJEAN Player 5 BRUNO DELORME
62 retired
Doubles 1
Doubles 2
The team from beats the team from by: 5-0
BARCELONA, 29th MAY 2009
Captain Captain
XXXVI POTTER CUP
Referee
28th to 31st May 2009
IC FRANCE IC BELGIUM
IC BELGIUM IC FRANCE
TEAM: TEAM:
ANTHONY HARRIS Player 1 PAUL HOFFMANN
62 46 10-2
SHAI ABROMOVICH Player 2 GEORGES FABER
62 62
MARK BERGMAN Player 3 HENRI REIBER
75 63
JACOB FIVEL Player 4 PIERRE KURT
62 75
RONNIE GOLDMAN Player 5 GUY LOOS
60 60
A. HARRIS / M. BERGMAN Doubles 1 P. HOFFMANN / P. KURT
64 76(5)
R. GOLDMAN / S. ABRAMOVICH Doubles 2 G. FABER / H. REIBER
63 76(3)
The team from beats the team from by: 5-2
BARCELONA, 29th MAY 2009
Captain Captain
XXXVI POTTER CUP
Referee
28th to 31st May 2009
IC LUXEMBOURG IC ISRAEL
IC ISRAEL IC LUXEMBOURG
TEAM: TEAM:
PIERRE THYS Player 1 PETER LOWTHER
63 36 10-6
FREDERIC JAMMART Player 2 VICTOR DRUMMY
63 62
PHILIPPE VERCRUYSSE Player 3 PAUL BANKS
76(1) 63
ERIC DAWANCE Player 4 NEIL WILSON
63 62
MARC GRANDJEAN Player 5 JIMMY MCDONOGH
62 62
Doubles 1
Doubles 2
The team from beats the team from by: 4-1
BARCELONA, 29th MAY 2009
Captain Captain
XXXVI POTTER CUP
Referee
28th to 31st May 2009
IC BELGIUM IC IRELAND
IC BELGIUM IC IRELAND
TEAM: TEAM:
STEFAN FASTHOFF Player 1 PAUL HOFFMANN
60 16 10-5
MANFRED JUNGNITSCH Player 2 GEORGES FABER
60 64
NORBERT HENN Player 3 HENRI REIBER
60 62
THIES ROPCKE Player 4 PIERRE KURT
60 60
PETER DINCKELS Player 5 CLAUDE FERNAND
61 60
Doubles 1
Doubles 2
The team from beats the team from by: 5-0
BARCELONA, 30th MAY 2009
Captain Captain
XXXVI POTTER CUP
Referee
28th to 31st May 2009
IC GERMANY IC LUXEMBOURG
IC GERMANY IC LUXEMBOURG
TEAM: TEAM:
JOSEPH MATEO Player 1 JORDI ARRESE
64 63
JACQUES HERVET Player 2 MIQUEL PUIGDEVALL
62 36 63
CHRISTOPHE FOURNERIE Player 3 EDUARD OSTA
63 61
ARNAUD DELEVAL Player 4 JESUS COLAS
62 64
JEAN LECLERCQ Player 5 JUAN AVENDA
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