Trial Day 2, the be-all-and-end-all of Olympic teamship qualificationary, will be getting underway soon at the AIS.
I must say, taking 9 to the camp when 8 will be selected is a bit stodgy. I suppose the UnChosen One and the selected 'non-travelling' reserve can keep eachother company and console one another, but really. It's a bit unfair.
WILL Emma stand up the Baitova?
WILL Olivia show a solid bars routine?
WILL Dasha keep landing that layout-stepout beam series?
WILL Peggy choose wisely?
WILL you be frantically logging onto gym websites at 9:59 tomorrow morning?
Only time WILL tell... Stay tuned...
Tune back in to read this bit of gossip from our source, which has been shifted from the Comments page:
"Olivia had 3 falls off beam today. Ashleigh didn't compete floor or vault today and was getting therapy/massages for the first half of the comp (note not her legs but her lower back.hips). She had a fall off beam and made a mess of her run-up for her dismount, had to walk back and do it again. Lots of falls off beam today by the girls. I think the only ones who stayed on beam were Georgia, Lauren and Amber. Lauren almost stuck her piked arabian on floor but went OOB - but a lot cleaner then yesterday's landing of it. She went OOB a couple of other times too I think. Again, I'd say that the team is Dasha, Lauren, the Waverley 3 and Ashleigh (injury-free). Amber Fulljames to be travelling alternate. The last alternate spot I would give to Melanie Jones, simply due to her being more of an all-arounder then Olivia. I loved Emma's floor music and Amber's was pretty good too. Georgia and Lauren's music is kind of the same genre, and I don't really like that style of music. Vault was the best apparatus today overall."
Now, word just filtered through from someone who knows someone who was at the the event that the team was named, and it's as we thought (Joura, Mitchell, Morgan, Bonora, Brennan, Dennis, Fulljames/Vivian as reserves). I find it surprising that Olivia would top Mel J so I'm not really going to believe this lineup until I get more subtantiated confirmation.
ETA 9am Monday: More from Day 2, courtesy of our sources (I've mixed it up between the two so we get a bit of everything).
ROTATION 1: Floor
Georgia - great routine.
Emma - Bounced backward out of first pass, and just stayed in bounds. Other than that it was a great routine.
Melanie - Large step forward out of double Arabian, but stayed in bounds. Bounce backward out of double twist. Fell on front full into front 1.5 twist. Landed almost laying down the side of her body. Step on last pass.
Amber - out of bounds on first and second passes. Landed on line in last pass. Otherwise good routine.
Olivia - Fell on double pike last pass. Landed on hands and knees.
Shona - Bounced backward out of double pike, otherwise beautiful routine.
Lauren - out of bounds on Arabian double pike in first pass. Overall great routine.
Dasha - Awesome double layout. Fantastic routine.
Ashleigh didn't do floor.
ROTATION 2: Vault
Emma - BAITOVA. Awesome and stuck.
Melanie - Tsuk 1.5. Stuck.
Amber - Handspring front pike, small step backward
Georgia - Yurchenko 1.5. Good vault but large step right out of the lines.
Shona - Great vault, BAITOVA (!). Small step
Lauren - Yurchenko 1.5. Good vault, small step
Dasha - BAITOVA. Great technique and height. Small step.
Olivia and Ashleigh didn't vault.
ROTATION 3: Bars
Melanie - Missed going over the bar in half turn, extra swings. Missed going over the bar in giant full. Extra swings. No falls.
Amber - Great routine. Good height in releases. Small step on landing of dismount.
Olivia - Hit majority of handstands. Slight ankles apart in some places. Large step backward on double front dismount.
Georgia - Close Gienger release. Jump forward on double front dismount.
Emma - Great routine. Smallest movement after dismount.
Shona - Missed turn on high bar. fell the wrong way and had to improvise. Small step on double front dismount.
Ashleigh - Good routine. Very aggressive.
Lauren - Release kind of low and close to the bar. Bent knees throughout turning giant and resulted in an extra swing. A pretty deep squat on landing out of dismount.
Dasha - great routine. Hit pretty much every handstand. Small hop on dismount.
ROTATION 4: Beam
Amber - Great routine but large step backward out of double tuck dismount.
Olivia - Fell off after back walkover into layout step out. Fell off after front aerial. Fell off after side somersault. Missed that series. Step backward after dismount.
Georgia - Great routine, only step backward after back layout and step backward after dismount.
Emma - Step backward after back layout. Small wobble after side aerial. Fell off on full turn. Small movement on dismount.
Melanie - Step backward after switch leap with half turn. Wobble after full turn. Step backward and a bit of a low landing on front tuck. Overall good routine.
Shona - Fell off after back layout. Nice full twisting Korbut. Grabbed beam with hand after side aerial to prevent falling off. Wobble after full turn. Step backward after double pike dismount.
Ashleigh - Wobble after side somersault series. Fell off after back layout. Fales run on dismount. Had a bad hurdle so stopped and went back to the end of the beam and did a second take. Small step on landing.
Lauren - wobble after front aerial to 2 feet. Great layout series. Dismount 2 flips into double pike, stuck cold. Really good routine.
Dasha - Step backward out of back layout. Small step on double tuck dismount.
Hurray! Baitova's! A plethora of Baitova's! (claps for you if you get the Three Amigos referenc)
Melanie was better today, but still a few issues. During warm-up Peggy was coaching her a bit on beam and telling her what she is doing wrong. When she was on fx she took a big fall on one pass and Peggy had to jump out of the way so she didn't get bowled over. Classic. On fx she had a big fall on one of her twists and was low on her double pike and jumped back a bit, but otherwise she looked better than yesterday.
Ashleigh is injured in some way. Before the comp she was warming up on floor and looked like she was hurting - it could be that she really does have shin splints, there could also be something with her back because her coaches were working on that. She didn't compete floor or vault. She looked pretty good on bars though with just a small hop on her dismount. Beam was a disaster...she had a fall and big wobbles on 3 skills I think and then for her dismount she got to the end of the beam and stopped and had to run back to the other end to give her dismount another try. Poor thing didn't look happy and she seemed to be in a bit of pain. She stayed away from the other girls most of the time with her coach, so I hope that she is alright
Are you needing a change of pants yet? It's nearly time!