A tough but valuable series for Queensland

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It was a tough but valuable first outing for the Queensland U18 team at the annual Queensland vs New South Wales Under 18 Test Series (July, 8 – 10). (Pictured left: The Queensland U18 team for this year’s annual Queensland vs New South Wales Under 18 Test Series at Capalaba Bowls Club with team managers Christina Pavlov & Greg Bostock.)

It was a tough but valuable first outing for the new look Queensland U18 team competing against the New South Wales juniors at the annual Queensland vs New South Wales Under 18 Test Series at Capalaba Bowls Club (July, 8 – 10).

The Queensland girls finished as the best performing side of the series for Queensland after they drew two tests and lost the second one, girls team manager Christina Pavlov said although the girls had been unable to pull off the series win they had all learned a lot.

“We lost the first test but had an absolute nail bitter in the triples played by Hannah Ogden (Bargara), Zayah Morgan (Capalaba), Caysee Wilson (Kawana) which we managed to clinch by just one shot,” Pavlov said.

“We had a total of four new debutants in a five-girl team, so they haven’t had much experience playing together, however, they worked well together and really showed great team spirit.

“We came up against a tough New South Wales side and I think there were a bit of nerves in that first test but as you can see from the shot margin the team got better and better as the series went and it gave us the chance to test out new formations.”

The second test for the girls saw them close the margin to just 22 shots despite only finishing with one winning rink in the test, Hannah Ogden & Enoggera’s Isabella Lawson secured a 23-12 against NSW’s Erin Swatridge & Rebekah Lord.

The third test proved to be the girls’ best performance finishing on another draw after a win in the pairs and singles games and finished down on the margin by just 13 shots to secure their second draw of the test series.

In the boys’ series, New South Wales finished as the victors to claim their ninth straight win of the Interstate Challenge Shield after they picked up two test wins and drew the second test.

QLD boy’s team manager Greg Bostock said it had been a good learning experience for the young Queensland side and a great help for the selectors who had used the series to help work out the best combinations for the upcoming nationals.

“The whole team was exemplary on and off the green which was great to see as it means they understand what is expected of them when they’re representing their state which is very important,” Bostock said.

“All credit to New South Wales though they played some very good bowls, some great conversion shots and they were the better team in this year’s series.

“Well done to Queensland too, you could see the team improving as the series went on.

“I think it was a bit daunting at first for them, but they did play some great games, we had some really good results and I think we really rattled their cages at some points throughout the series.

“I’d also really like to thank Capalaba Bowls Club for their hospitality and great service throughout the series, the greens have been fantastic and everyone has been incredibly helpful which has made for a great series.”

To view the full draws and results click here to go through to the BQ events section.

 

The Queensland girls finished as the best performing side of the series for Queensland after they drew two tests and lost the second one, girls team manager Christina Pavlov said although the girls had been unable to pull off the series win they had all learned a lot.

“We lost the first test but had an absolute nail bitter in the triples played by Hannah Ogden (Bargara), Zayah Morgan (Capalaba), Caysee Wilson (Kawana) which we managed to just clinch by one shot,” Pavlov said.

“We had a total of four new debutants in a five girl team, so they haven’t had much experience playing together, however, they worked well together and really showed great team spirit.

“We came up against a tough New South Wales side and I think there was a bit of nerves in that first test but as you can see from the shot margin the team got better and better as the series went and it gave us the chance to test out new formations.”

The second test for the girls saw them close the margin to just 22 shots despite only finishing with one winning rink in the test, Hannah Ogden & Enoggera’s Isabella Lawson secured a 23-12 against NSW’s Erin Swatridge & Rebekah Lord.

The third test proved to be the girls’ best performance finishing on another draw after a win in the pairs and singles games and finished down on the margin by just 13 shots to secure their second draw of the test series.

In the boys’ series New South Wales finished as the victors to claim their ninth straight win of the Interstate Challenge Shield after they picked up two test wins and drew the second test.

Boy’s team manager Greg Bostock said it had been a good learning experience for the young side and a great help for the selectors who had used the series to help work out the best combinations for the upcoming nationals.

“The whole team was exemplary on and off the green which was great to see as it means they understand what is expected of them when they’re representing their state which is very important,” Bostock said.

“All credit to New South Wales though they played some very good bowls, some great conversion shots and they were the better team in this year’s series.

“Well done to Queensland too, you could see the team improving as the series went on.

“I think it was a bit daunting at first for them, but they did play some great games, we had some really good results and I think we really rattled their cages at some points throughout the series.

“I’d also really like to thank Capalaba Bowls Club for their hospitality and great service throughout the series, the greens have been fantastic and everyone has been incredibly helpful which has made for a great series.”

To view the full draws and results click here to go through to the BQ events section.