QLD's Kane Nelson, NSW's Jack McShane, NSW's Katie Astley & QLD's Stella Palmer

It’s a BLUES victory in the QLD vs NSW U18 Test Series

by jgrey

NSW came up trumps with an overall 3.5 to 1.5 win over QLD in the U18 QLD vs NSW Test Series held this weekend (20-21 August 2022) at Chermside Bowls Club in Brisbane.

By the end of the series, both QLD boys and girls teams had 1 win and 1 draw against NSW’s 3 wins and 1 draw. Both states played exceptionally well and Brisbane turned on the weather with clear skies and no wind on Saturday, but Sunday brought some gusts which made players predict how their bowls would react in the wind on the fast greens.

In the first test on Saturday, the boys drew 4-all, while the NSW girls led 4-2. The second test saw the tide change with the QLD girls winning 6-2 and the QLD boys winning 4-2. While the Queenslanders tried to hold on, NSW proved too strong on Sunday and came out firing in the third, fourth and fifth tests, claiming wins in both the girls and boys.

The QLD girls played well, with higher margins than the competition in four of the five tests.

All Queensland players in this test series except for one, Kane Nelson, were debutants for this particular event, although one would never think that, based on the team cohesion and camaraderie displayed by these junior bowlers.

While the Queenlanders tried to hold on NSW proved too strong and came out firing on Day 2, but the Maroons hopes of claiming a victory were thwarted when NSW held up and the Blue boys and girls won three tests each respectively.

The third test on Day 2 started well with the QLD boys Oliver Corken, Sam Collier & Cody Gerick taking the Triples by 3 shots on one rink, but the Triples on the next rink saw the NSW boys playing a dynamite game and winning 26-13. The Pairs game was a valiant effort by the Maroon boys but they still succumbed to the Blues.

The Girls Fours gave us high hopes with a draw of 17-all, with all the QLD supporters hoping for a defeat in the Pairs which was so close, with NSW winning 18-16 and QLD’s Sophie Allan giving it her all on the Singles rink against NSW’s Zoe Nicholls but lost by 3 shots after Zoe picked up a 4 on the last end. Glass House Mountains superstar Chloe Runge was a strong contender and defeated the Blues Singles competitor, Resse Finn-Young 21-15, but it wasn’t enough to win the third test for the Maroons.

In the fourth test, the QLD Boys went down in the Fours with a 16-4 win to the Blues, a 22-6 defeat in the Pairs a close 19-17 defeat in the Singles, with a valiant effort put in by Hayden Oster. Golden boy Kane Nelson came through all guns a-blazing and claimed a victorius 21-3 win against NSW’s Billy Waite.

In the girls, each State took a Triples game, with one 25-12 to QLD and one 22-15 to NSW, but the Pairs decided the fourth Test with NSW defeating QLD 28-6.

Test 5 was tough in the end for the Maroons, even though QLD’s Keira Powell, Holly Anderson, Dekota Brindle and Corinne Stallon prevented a Blues clean swipe with a solid win in the Fours 13-8, and Sophie Kiepe held the Maroon flag high by defeating NSW’s Chanel Chakouch in the Girls Singles, but the Blues swooped through with Ella Cameron defeating Sophie Allan 21-15 and won the Pairs 19-13, claiming the fifth test.

It was a bluewash for the boys in the fifth test, winning one of the Boys Triples matches 21-7 and Pairs 23-15, while QLD fought back with Sam Collier, Wyatt Martin and Cody Gerick boasting a 17-14 win.

“The girls have played very well, some tight games, beautiful bowls,” Alan Thorp (Manager/Coach) said.

“We encourage them to think positive, encourage each other.”

Manager/Coach Chrissie Pavlov said they encourage the juniors to always be thinking about their next bowl and remain positive, not to think what’s just happened if they’ve played a bowl they’re unhappy with.

“We’ll often have a debrief after the game, if we’ve identified something, then we have a talk about it,” Chrissie said.

“The players are all very close, we saw it from the April camp we held, that they’ve become friends and these friendships are often ones they’ll keep for a very long time.”

Alan Thorp (Thorpy) said the team talks about positive things and how to support each other.

“We stress that you lose as a team and you win as a team; they all support people in the team,” he said.

“They all support each other, even when their game is finished, they join the support team on the sidelines to cheer on their mates,” Chrissie said.

Congratulations to the NSW team!

Results

QLD vs NSW U18 Test Series – Day 1 Results

Played at Chermside Bowls Club – 20 August 2022

QLD Boys have finished with the upper hand after day 1 of the annual QLD vs NSW Under 18 Test Series. After tying the first test with one shot separating the teams across the four rinks, the QLD boys finished strong in the second test to win 3 rinks to 1. 

First Test Results 

Girls Pairs
(QLD) S Allan & S Palmer 16 lost to (NSW) R Finn-Young & K Astley 17
Girls Triples 
(QLD) H Anderson, S Kiepe & C Runge 21 def (NSW) C Chakouch, R-R Hampton & E Cameron 10
(QLD) K Powell, D Brindle & C Stallan 12 lost to (NSW) S Powell, Z Nicholls, J Smith 16
Girls Test 1 results: QLD 2 points (49 shots) lost to NSW 4 points (43 shots)

Boys Singles
(QLD) Kane Nelson 14 lost to (NSW) Joseph Clarke 21
(QLD) Wyatt Martin 7 lost to (NSW) Travis Moran 21
Boys Pairs
(QLD) H Oster & J Chirgwin 21 def (NSW) T Rich & W Scott-Branagan 9
Boys Fours
(QLD) O Corken, S Collier, T Brain, C Gerick 19 def (NSW) B Waite, C McMullen, L Thompson & J McShane 11
Boys Test 1 results: QLD 4 points (61 shots) drew with NSW 4 points (62 shots)

Second Test Results
Girls Singles
(QLD) Chloe Runge 21 def (NSW) Reese Finn-Young 16

(QLD) Sophie Kiepe 21 def (NSW) Chanel Chakouch 13
Girls Pairs
(QLD) D Brindle & C Stallan 9 lost to (NSW) Z Nicholls & J Smith 24
Girls Fours
(QLD) S Allan, H Anderson, K Powell, S Palmer 17 def (NSW) S Powell, R-R Hampton, E Cameron & K Astley 14
Girls Test 2 results: QLD 6 points (68 shots) def NSW 2 points (67 shots)

Boys Pairs
(QLD) H Oster & K Nelson 21 def (NSW) J Clarke & J McShane 13
Boys Triples
(QLD) O Corken, S Collier & C Gerick 17 def (NSW) T Rich, T Moran, E Scott-Branagan 12
(QLD) T Brain, W Martin, J Chirgwin 18 lost to (NSW) B Waite, C McMullen, L Thompson 20
Boys Test 2 results: QLD 4 points (56 shots) def NSW 2 points (45 shots)

Schedule – Sunday 21 August

Third Test at 8.10am

Girls – Singles, Pairs & Fours
Boys – Pairs & Triples

Fourth Test at 10.30am 

Girls – Pairs & Triples
Boys – Singles, Pairs & Fours

Fifth Test at 1.00pm

Girls – Singles, Pairs & Fours
Boys – Pairs & Triples

QLD vs NSW U18 Test Series – Day 2 Results

Played at Chermside Bowls Club – 20 August 2022

Congratulations to NSW who have won both the girls and boys Test Series 3.5 Tests to QLD 1.5 Tests. Many rinks and tests went down to the wire with the series played in great spirits. Thank you to Club Chermside for hosting this series. 

Third Test Results

Girls Singles
(QLD) Sophie Allan 18 lost to (NSW) Z Nicholls 21

(QLD) Chloe Runge 21 def (NSW) R Finn-Young 15
Girls Pairs
(QLD) S Kiepe & S Palmer 16 lost to (NSW) C Chakouch & E Cameron 18
Girls Fours
(QLD) H Anderson, K Powell, D Brindle & C Stallan 17 drew with (NSW) R-R Hampton, S Powell, J Smith & K Astley 17
Girls Test 3 results: QLD 3 points (72 shots) lost to NSW 5 points (71 shots)

Boys Pairs
(QLD) H Oster & K Nelson 11 lost to (NSW) E Scott-Branagan & L Thompson 24
Boys Triples
(QLD) O Corken, S Collier & C Gerick 18 def (NSW) T Moran, T Rich & J Clarke 15
(QLD) T Brain, W Martin & J Chirgwin 13 lost to (NSW) C McMullen, B Waite & J McShane 26

Boys Test 3 results: QLD 2 points (42 shots) lost to NSW 4 points (65 shots)

Fourth Test Results 

Girls Pairs
(QLD) S Kiepe & C Runge 6 lost to (NSW) R-R Hampton & Z Nicholls 28
Girls Triples 
(QLD) S Allan, H Anderson & S Palmer 15 lost to (NSW) C Chakouch, R Finn-Young & K Astley 22
(QLD) K Powell, D Brindle & C Stallan 25 def (NSW) S Powell, E Cameron & J Smith 12
Girls Test 4 results: QLD 2 points (46 shots) lost to NSW 4 points (62 shots)

Boys Singles
(QLD) Hayden Oster 17 lost to (NSW) Joseph Clarke 19
(QLD) Kane Nelson 21 def (NSW) Billy Waite 3
Boys Pairs
(QLD) T Brain & W Martin 6 lost to (NSW) C McMullen & T Rich 22
Boys Fours
(QLD) O Corken, S Collier, J Chirgwin, C Gerick 4 lost to (NSW) T Moran, E Scott-Branagan, L Thompson & J McShane 16

Boys Test 4 results: QLD 2 points (48 shots) lost to NSW 6 points (60 shots)

Fifth Test Results

Girls Singles
(QLD) Sophie Kiepe 21 def (NSW) Chanel Chakouch 10

(QLD) Sophie Allan 15 lost to (NSW) Ella Cameron 21
Girls Pairs
(QLD) C Runge & S Palmer 13 lost to (NSW) R Finn-Young & K Astley 19
Girls Fours
(QLD) K Powell, H Anderson, D Brindle & C Stallan 13 def (NSW) S Powell, R-R Hampton, Z Nicholls & J Smith 8
Girls Test 5 results: QLD 4 points (62 shots) drew with NSW 4 points (58 shots)

Boys Pairs
(QLD) O Corken & K Nelson 15 lost to (NSW) T Rich & L Thompson 23
Boys Triples
(QLD) H Oster, T Brain & J Chirgwin 7 lost to (NSW) B Waite, C McMullen & J Clarke 22
(QLD) S Collier, W Martin & C Gerick 17 def (NSW) E Scott-Branagan, T Moran & & J McShane 14

Boys Test 5 results: QLD 2 point (39 shots) lost to NSW 4 points (59 shots)

SERIES RESULTS

Girls – NSW 3.5 Tests def QLD 1.5 Tests

Boys – NSW 3.5 Tests def QLD 1.5 Tests

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Boys U18 QLD Squad L-R Back: Samuel Collier, Kane Nelson, Cody Gerick, Todd Brain Front: Jack Chirgwin, Hayden Oster, Wyatt Martin, Oliver Corken
Girls U18 QLD Squad L-R Back: Kiera Powell, Holly Anderson, Sophie Kiepe, Corinne Stallon, Front: Chloe Runge, Dakota Brindle, Sophie Allen, Stella Palmer