Queensland finishes proudly at Australian Sides
Second and third spots for home side Queensland wound up the Australian Sides Championships with respectable second place silver for the women and third place bronze for the men.
After four days of intense battle in difficult weather conditions, Queensland failed in its campaign to take the men’s Alley Shield and the women’s Marj Morris Trophy.
New South Wales maintained a powerhouse run it started from the beginning of the competition to take gold in all three events – the men’s and women’s competitions and the overall champion spot. A full run down of the last day of Australian Sides competition can be found on the Bowls Australia website.
Queensland coach Bill Cornehls said the Queensland should be proud of their achievements, although they would have been disappointed with the final result.
“I know the Queensland players went in there with high hopes of taking the top spots, but that wasn’t to be,” he said.
“We played well in some instances and in others we were found wanting.
“In particular we need to be better at adapting our game to different greens and different weather conditions.
“But you learn from your failures and this is something we can do from this competition.”
The 2015 Australian Sides Championship saw the retirement of three long-time representative players from state competition.
Darren Mullens, Anthony Fantini and Anthony Kiepe (pictured left to right) all announced their intention to retire from state competition following today’s game.
The final game for Queensland ended with conclusive wins over Western Australia – 65-48 (men) and 69-35 (women).