Star performances put QLD on top
Qld undefeated on day 1 v ACT at Caloundra Queensland’s women beat the ACT by one bowl as two defeats from three looked to have given the women a poor start to the first test this morning.
But an astonishing 36-10 victory from Lynsey Clarke’s team, featuring Charlie Harkness (Broadbeach), Bolivia Millerick (Gin Gin) and Shahn Griffiths (Club Helensvale) allowed the Queenslanders to sneak home, 64-63. A Louise Witton lead side slipped to defeat 14-30 as did Tracy Foster’s team, 14-23.
The second test was much more pleasant reading as all three teams bought home maximum points. A comprehensive 36-8 victory banishing the morning’s disappointment for Witton (Coolum Beach), who was well supported by Natasha Jones (Bribie Island), Emma Brown (ClubKawana) and Pamela Rowe (Club Helensvale).
Tracy Foster (West Toowoomba) and her team, Sue Brady (Mareeba Mem), Yvonne Lovelock (Musgrave Hill) and Christina Pavlov (Broadbeach), also played better come the afternoon, winning 26-20, as Clarke’s charges rounded off the second test with a 26-12 triumph. This gave QLD an emphatic 88-40 victory.
Not to be out done by the women, Queensland’s men also got off to winning start. A Nathan Rice (Club Helensvale) lead team, Robert Wild (Pine Rivers), Mark Thatcher (Club Helensvale) and Sean Ingham (Broadbeach) defeated their ACT counterparts 21-16. A close 20-18 victory for Anthony Fantini’s team and a 17-17 draw from Brett Wilkie’s side gave the men an overall 58-51 win.
In the afternoon, Anthony Fantini’s strong side demolished ACT 32-7. Fantini was well backed by Alex Murtagh (Pine Rivers), Des Cann (Club Helensvale) and Brendon Egan (Capalaba). Lining up with Wilkie were Kurt Brown (Pine Rivers), Anthony Kiepe (Club Helensvale) and Sean Baker, but unfortunately they slipped to defeat, 13-19.
Completing the afternoon’s matches with a 16-12 win from Rice’s team ensured the winning streak continued from both Queensland’s men and women.
Everyone is eager for two more victories tomorrow to seal a clean sweep. Action in the third and final tests starts tomorrow at 9.30am.