Queensland go head to head with NSW
The first test of 2014 gets underway. Local rivalries are being stoked yet again as Queensland lock horns with New South Wales. At Port Macquarie City Bowling Club on the northern NSW coast, our Men, Women and their under 25 counterparts, are aiming to start the 2014 test season with a confidence boosting win.
Battle commenced on Wednesday with the Men drawing 54-54. Brett Wilkie’s great start set the tone, his 24-11 victory just what the Maroon’s called for. Anthony Fantini was just edged out 17-20 by Garvey but it was Nathan Rice’s heavy defeat to Sheriff, 13-23, which lead to the tie.
The opening Women’s contest saw NSW take control early on as Murphy beat Jackaroo captain, Lynsey Clarke, 14-20 and Lovelock tasted defeat to Cottrell 9-29. Louise Witton performed well but was unlucky in her 19-21 defeat to Van Eldik, which left Queensland licking their wounds after a 70-42 loss.
Our under 25 men fared better as they won all three encounters on the first day’s play. Kurt Brown was victorious 31-27 in his singles clash, while Jay Cross and Des Cann Jnr picked up a win, 14-12, in the pairs. The triples showdown was even closer as Eric Copeland, Braidan Leese and Samuel White fought off NSW with a 20-19 triumph.
The under 25 women though, were not as successful. April Wilson, Aimee Roberts and Madison Styles won their triples 20-15, but the Connie-Leigh Rixon and Cassandra Millerick pairing lost 7-20. Kiani Anderson showed great determination in her singles contest but was edged out 28-31.
Play continues today with two further sets of matches before the test’s conclusion. Please check back later for these results.