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Tees Valley Rock-Iteer Stars in World Cup
« on: Mar 16, 2011, 22:44 »
Tees Valley Rock-Iteer Aimee Robson, from Thornaby, performed very creditably in the v2 Rock-It-Ball v2 Youth World Championships recently and came out ranked 12th in the world.

V2 is a hi-octane singles discipline of the Yorkshire-born sport that is now widely recognised as the fastest-growing sport in the world.  The full team sport is played in a sports hall and points are scored by hitting opponents with sports balls fired from a Rock-It, which is made up of a control bar and a thrower-catcher at each end.  V2 is the latest Rock-It-Ball discipline and is played by two players on a squash court - incredibly fast, furious and intensely gladiatorial.

The event, which was sponsored by ACE! Activity Camps, kicked off in front of the excited spectators and VIPs with the group stages.  With the players divided into two pools of 6 there were two matches running at once with all the players giving their utmost and seeing a number of upsets.  A superb standard of play was complemented by the high level of sportsmanship between the players and excellent officiating by match officials Tom Hildreth and Matty Carr, from Stockton.

Aimee was in Group 1 facing some extremely tough opposition.  Her first match was against York's Aaron Perry, well known for his blocking expertise.  Despite her best efforts Aaron proved very hard to hit and took the game comfortably.  Aimee's next match was against Scotland's Sara Plummer who has been having plenty of dedicated v2 training, something that has not been possible for Aimee.  This clearly worked in Sara's favour as she was able to use the space to her advantage and take the first half.  She applied further pressure on Aimee in the second half and took the match.  South Africa's Derek Van der Westhuizen was Aimee's next opponent.  Derek is a relative newcomer to the sport but has enjoyed a meteoric rise through the ranks.  Like Sara, he has had a lot of dedicated v2 training and, again, this made the difference as, despite Aimee's best efforts, Derek eased through taking both halves to leave Aimee still looking for her first win.   However her next opponent was Easi-RockIts' all-action Marcus Exelby who was fighting hard at the top of the group table and he was in no mood to let anything slip, unleashing all of his armoury and taking the match by a good margin.  Aimee's last group match was against pre-tournament favourite Dan Raper and he, too, gave no quarter, as he was determined to clinch his place in the final.

This result meant that Aimee played the first of the afternoon finals against York's David Wishart to determine the 11th and 12th rankings. Both are experienced players and were determined to go out on a high.  After a cagey start the game started to open up and by half time David had edged into a seven point lead.  In the second half Aimee stepped up her game and managed to win the half but only by one point letting David clinch 11th place and Aimee having the number 12 ranking.

Aimee's coach, Matty Carr, was philosophical: I'm very proud of Aimee.  She's a cracking player, popular and well-respected in the England squad.  She was at a disadvantage here because we have had immense difficulties getting her time on squash courts to prepare and that showed ? but I am so proud of her for the way she never gave up how she battled in every single match.  She should be very proud of herself?



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