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8THESWORDJANUARY2015ontowin-8.Thesecondsemi-nalsawTiaSimms-LymnJAMtakeonJulianaBarrettRSA.At-totheSouthAricanthereereecalledornon-combativitywithneitherencerestablishinganymomentum.Therewasmoreactioninthesecondperiodbutagainneitherencerwasabletoputtheirmarkontheghtsotheywentintothenalperiodtiedat4-4.Anon-combativityminutewascalledinsidetherstsixtysecondsothenalperiodonormaltimewithBarrettbeingawardedthepriority.ThatsparkedSimms-Lymnintoactionasshescoredtwosinglelightswithamoreactiveapproachtotheght.WiththeclockdowntojustsevensecondsBarretthadtopushandmanagedtoscoreonesinglelightbutSimms-Lymnprogressedtothenal8-7.SoitwasexperienceversusyouthasUsherSCOtookonSimms-LymnJAM.Non-combativitywascalledateraminuteotherstperiodwithnoscoremeaningtheghtwentstraightintothesecondperiod.Usherstruckrstwithtwosinglelightsearlyinthesecondtakingamoreaggressiveapproachthanshehadinhersemi-nalght.Non-combativitywascalledagainwithUsherleading-goingintothenal.ThepatientapproachromUshercontinuedtoworkwellinthenalperiodasshepickedoftheJamaicanwithattacksonpreparationandcounteractions.WithlessthanninetysecondsletSimms-Lymnhadtoattackbutwasunabletoregisterasinglelight.Usherwentontowinthetitlewitha-4victory.3thNovember4Day4MensEpeeTeamAstheindividualcompetitionhasnishedattentionturnedtotheteameventswithmensepeekickingofproceedings.EleventeamstookpartandatthebusinessendothedayWalesbeatScotland3-8intherstsemi-nalandSingaporedeeatedEngland4-33inthesecond.Therstmedalmatchwasthebronzemedalght-ofbetweenEnglandGreensidesHarrisHendersonandScotlandHayHofmanTannock.AtightmatchbeganwiththreelowscoringboutstheScotsleading4-3goingintotheourth.WithbothteamsseeminglykeentoplayouttimejustonehitwasscoredinthenextthreeboutsasScotlandwentintothenalthirdothematchwitha-3lead.ThematchscreamedintoactionintheseventhlegasGreensidesENGlookedtoclosethegapbutitwasHaySCOwhotookadvantagehandingovera9-6leadtohisteammate.AteraurryohitsintheeighthandpenultimatelegScotlandincreasedtheirleadto-6.BothteamsbroughtintheirL.Simms-LymnJAMR.GeorginaUsherSCOMaryCohenSaysBeoremysemi-nalwithGeorginaIwaseelingcondent.Ihadjustwonanextremelycloseghtagainsttheno.seedJoHallsandsoknewIwasencingwell.AlthoughthisseasonGeorginahadalwaysemergedthevictorwhenwehaddrawneachothertheghtshadbeencloseandIthoughtallIlackedwasthecondencetoaddinsomedeepattackstobodywithherblade.TherstewpointsperturbedmeIwasndingthetimetodomyavouriteecheattackyetshewascounter-attackingandgettingadoubleeverytime.Attherstbreakitwas3-3andIdecideditwastimetotrythoseattackswiththebladetogetsomesinglelights.ButGeorginawasready.NotonlywouldsheresolutelyonlyreactiIwascloseenoughtogenuinelythreatenherbutshewasntgivingmeastraightarmshewasmovingherarmandbladesidewaysandonlyleavingherpointinplacesothatitwasveryhardormetoeitherhitherarmortakeherblade.NotonlythatbutnowIknewthatIwouldonlygetareactioniIwascloseenoughIwasveryclosetoherindeedandshecapitalisedonthisbyoccasionallyattackingmeonmypreparation.Thescorewidenedto9-4bythesecondbreakanddespitemyefortstochangetherhythmandtakethebladeinotherwaysGeorginanowhadcontrolotheghtandwoncomortably-8.WhilstdisappointedthatIhadencedsowellagainstHallsandthencouldnotbeataBritwhomIknewwellGeorginaisnoordinaryBritorScot.Notonlyhasshebeenranked3thintheworldandwonworldcupmedalsbutshehasbeenatseniorinternationallevelorovertwodecades.YetdespitehavingencedinCommonwealthchampionshipsor4yearsandhavingwonmedalspreviouslythiswasherrstgold.IknewpatiencewasoneoGeorginasmostdeadlyweaponsbutthiswastrulypatienceatitsmosttriumphant.