Qld girls dominate opposition on Day 1
Queensland’s hopes at the 2014 U18 Australian titles are very much alive with wins all round from our girls. Sitting pretty at the top of their section, Queensland’s girls are off to a flying start in the 2014 Australian Under 18 Championships.
Playing at Darwin’s Nightcliff Bowls Club, the Queenslanders stared down South Australia in Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours, winning all four games to finish Day 1 at the top of their section.
Queensland’s Michaela Bailey-Nelson, Sophie Young, Taleah Putney and Tiffany Murray struggled at first to find their feet in the fours, trailing by six early in the match, but picked up the pace to level the score with just one end to go, setting up a blockbuster final end, which they won, edging out SA, 14-13.
Murray guided Michaela Bailey-Nelson and Connie-Leigh Rixon to a second victory in the triples, 23-14, while Putney skipped Young to a 21-11 pairs win.
Rixon, whose sister Rebecca won Queensland’s All Schools Cup title just nine days ago, put the icing on Queensland’s cake with a 21-12 singles win.
Coach Bill Cornehls said the girls “drowned out their competition.”
“It was a tight game early on but she (Rixon) slowly grew her margin and stuck to her guns, keeping up consistent pressure,” Cornehls said.
The event will wrap up on October 2, announcing this year’s title holders.
The Queenslanders hope to continue their dominance through the next three days and win the title from defending champions, New South Wales.
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