Extreme weather conditions continued to challenge the players on the first day of the Men’s Country Week Matches. Not only was the wind incessant and gusty but the heavy rain at times was brutal and showed no mercy to those on course. Players tried their best to win their respective matches for their teams but the assistance from caddies, team managers, liaison officers and other supporters was very much needed to push the teams over the line. Today’s weather conditions were without a doubt some of the toughest experienced in the history of the competition.
Despite the threatening clouds and gale force winds, the contests went on. The Shield contests took place at Victoria with the defending champions, Peninsula District, having a stellar start by defeating Goulburn Valley and West Gippsland. The Ballarat team closely follows Peninsula in the overall ladder only half a point behind. The Shield matches will continue at Keysborough tomorrow morning.
The Plate and Bowl contests were moved to Eynesbury after extreme weather damage on the course on Monday night unfortunately caused Kooringal to be unable to host. In the Plate, Sunraysia and Geelong take the leading position after round 2. However, Sunraysia accumulated a large number of matches that can be crucial toward the end of the competition.
The Bowl ladder is crowded at the top with Wimmera, Northern and East Gippsland all tied on 2 points following the completion of round 2. These teams will continue their fight for promotion into the Plate division tomorrow when the competition resumes at Sanctuary Lakes.
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