Wet start for the Australian Sides
Queensland battles wind and rain Cold, wet and blustery conditions marked the first day of the Australian Sides Championships in Yokine, Western Australia today (Thursday, 9 April).
The day saw both success and loss as the Queensland teams fell at the last hurdle during the early games against South Australia, only to rebound in the afternoon with substantial victories over Tasmania.
Dressed in their wet weather coats with hoods, the Queensland women and men were clearly not as prepared for the poor weather and started slowly against their South Australian opponents.
But they soon dug in and started a fightback that saw the scores draw closer. Unfortunately, wins were not on the cards and both the women and men lost to the South Australians, the men losing by six shots in a game that saw the lead changing a number of times up until the final end.
The ladies also battled hard but couldn’t make up for the slow start in conditions that better suited their southern counterparts.
The final scores were 54 – 60 for the men and 52 – 61 for the women.
By the afternoon games against Tasmania, the weather had not improved but Queensland had.
Adjusting to the appalling conditions more easily than earlier in the day, the men won their matches 60 – 26 and the women claimed victory 63 – 47.
The teams are hoping for better weather tomorrow when they take on the Northern Territory in the morning session and New South Wales in the afternoon, but unfortunately the forecast is for similar conditions all week.
A full schedule of Australian Sides Championships games can be found on Bowls Australia website.