Mixed results for the girls at Aus U18 Champs
QLD’s girls dropped the bowl in this morning’s clash against Tasmania Queensland’s girls couldn’t maintain the incredible momentum that carried them to a clean sweep victory over South Australia in yesterday’s opening round of the 2014 Under-18 Championships in the Northern Territory.
Up against a tough Tasmanian outfit at Darwin’s Nightcliff Bowls Club today, the weight of expectation showed, with the Maroon girls scratching out a win, draw and loss from three games (the singles will be played later today).
Once again Tiffany Murray’s fours outfit of Michaela Bailey-Nelson, Sophie Young and Taleah Putney, blew their opposition away, beating the Tassie girls, 20-10.
Coach Bill Cornehls was proud of the girls, and while he doesn’t want to add any more pressure before tomorrow’s crucial third round match with ACT, he’s hopeful they can keep their strong fours run rolling.
Unfortunately Murray couldn’t quite make it two from two, guiding Michaela Bailey-Nelson and Connie-Leigh Rixon to a draw in the triples, 20-20.
Meanwhile, the girls suffered their first defeat of the tournament in the pairs, with Putney and Young taking a bit of a hammering, 7-24.
Coach Cornehls said the girls were simply outplayed in the pairs.
“There was too much pressure on the girls, they couldn’t get into it,” Cornehls said.
In a good sign for the Queenslander, SA hammered ACT today, beat the capital kids in all four disciplines.
Considering Queensland beat SA yesterday, the croweaters’ victory over ACT bodes well for our girls in their third and final test.
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PICTURE: Sophie Young (picture courtesy of Bowls Australia)