The NSW Blues men will face Queensland in a do-or-die match tomorrow afternoon in a contest that will decide the fate of both teams for 2018.
After picking up their first win of the campaign against Tasmania in the morning session, the Blues got right back into business after the lunch break, taking down hosts South Australia, 5 matches to 2.
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Jordie Garner, who is no stranger to the limelight, put on another show this afternoon to romp away with his match against Colin Coleman 6/4.
16-year-old Harrison Crowe continues to impress, this time with a 3/1 win, to make it a perfect two-from-two today.
Nathan Barbieri claimed another scalp, this time Billy Cawthrone 2 up, while Josh Armstrong bounced back from his disappointing morning loss with a win over Jackson Kalz, 3/2.
Blake Windred battled hard, but couldn’t overcome Jack Thompson, going down 3/1.
Happiest of the team, however, was Josh Armstrong. The tall Canberra tyro picked up a morale-boosting win after a particularly quiet series.
"Jacko (Jackson Kalz) is a good player.
"All I did this afternoon was play solid golf and I hung in there.
"I made him hit it into trouble," Armstrong said
RESULTS – Men Day Two
AM Vs Tasmania: Andrew Richards def Mark Schulze 3/2, Harrison Crowe def Ryan Thomas 3/1, James Grierson lost to Richard Kube 1up, Jordan Garner def Paul Read 2up, Nathan Barbieri def Nathan Gatehouse 1up, Josh Armstrong lost to Mitch Van Noord 2/1, Blake WIndred def Craig Hancock 1up.
PM Vs Sth Aus: Joshua Gadd Sq Jack Buchanan, Harrison Croew def Frank Vucic 3/1, James Grierson Sq Liam Georgiadis, Jordan Garner def Colin COleman 6/4, Nathan Barbieri def Billy Cawthorne 2up, Josh Armstrong def Jackson Kalz 3/2, Blake Windred lost to Jack Thompson 3/1.
GIRLS ROLLING ONTO BIGGER THINGS
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The NSW Women’s Team have all but assured themselves of a finals berth and a chance of lifting the Gladys Hay Cup after grabbing a win and a half from their two matches today.
The morning match was a thriller with the Western Australian Women’s Team looking like they had the measure for much of the contest against the Blues.
With the duo of Sophie Yip and Darcy Habgood losing to their opponents, It took a stirring comeback from the top of the order, Amy Chu, Stephanie Kyriacou and Doey Choi to secure the half for NSW.
Chu accounted for Kathryn Norris, 1up, while Choi was victorious by the same margin over the reigning Australian Junior Champion, Maddison Hinson- Tolchard.
Stephanie Kyriacou, proved the key, rallying from two down late in her match to grab a vital half to square the contest 2 1/2 all.
The afternoon contest against rivals Victoria was always going to be a fascinating affair with the NSW Girls keen to reverse the result of last year’s final.
And they did not disappoint.
Kelsey Bennett is rapidly showing to many that she is a player to watch in the future, and she did her growing reputation no harm at all with another solid display, this time accounting for Victoria’s Alexandra Hilliard, 5/4.
Darcy Habgood bounced back from he morning loss to dominate Olivia Kline 4/3, while May Chu defeated Stephanie Viogel 4/2.
Stephanie Kyriacou and Konomi Matsumoto were neck-and-neck for a while, until Kuyriacou hit the accelerator, winning 5/4.
Doey Choi, after a gruelling day that saw her play 36 holes, sadly, couldn’t get the better of Victoria’s Alizza Hetherington, losing on the last to foil a whitewash for the Blues.
18-year old Bennett said she was happy with her golf over the last two days. The level of golf, she said was one she was becoming very comfortable with. With a day remaining, she is intent on not getting too far ahead of herself.
"I'm loving it here. It is such a great atmmosphere.
"It's great competition and the girls are all so nice.
"I'm going to just keep my temp smooth and consistent, stick to my shoes, and hopefully, get the best results I can," she smiled
Team Manager Claudia Lim was overjoyed with the team’s performance today.
“It was tough today, very tough.
“After the first match they kept their heads up. They were resilient.
“I am confident that they will keep going. They are all playing well, they know what they need to do,” Lim said.
RESULTS – Women Day Two
AM Vs WA : Sophie Yip lost to Georgia Shears 2up, Darcy Habgood lost to Yeah-Jin Lee 5/4, Amy Chu def Kathryn Norris 1up, Stephanie Kyriacou Sq Kirsten Rudgeley, Doey Choi def MAddison HInson-Toldchard 1up.
PM Vs VIC : Kelsey Bennett def Alexandra Hilliard 5/4, Darcy Habgood def Olivia Kline 4/3, Amy Chu def Steffanie Vogel 4/2, Stephanie Kyriacou def Konomi Matsumoto 5/4, Doey Choi lost to Alizza Hetherington 1up.
WELCOME TONIC AS MEN COLLECT FIRST WIN
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The NSW Men have collected their first win of the 2018 Australian Interstate Teams Matches with a solid five matches to 2 result against a gallant Tasmania outfit.
Andrew Richards and Harrison Crowe led the team with wins of 3/2 and 3/1 respectively to get the Blues on the board early.
Team Captain James Grierson couldn’t capitalise on a strong start to his match, and losing to his Tassie’ opponent Richard Kube, 1 down.
The contest was secured for New South Wales when, soon after, Nathan Barbieri and Jordie Garner posted two-up wins to ensure the point for the Blues.
Blake Windred consolidated the result with a one-up win in the final match.
Rookie team member Harrison Crowe was pleased with his performance after the round.
“I struck the ball probably the best I’ve hit all week.
“I played Ryan in the junior Interstate a couple of weeks ago, and he’s a good player so I’m glad I fought him off.” Crowe said.
Jordie Garner was cruising along early with a handy lead, however his opponent Paul Read wasn’t going away, and with six holes to go, Garner had a real battle on his hands.
“It was a nail-biter in the end,” Garner said. I was a couple up in the first few holes, then Paul made a few birdies and came hard at me.
“I slacked off a bit, I got a bit too comfortable.
“I was a couple down with six to go and getting a bit worried.
“I thought I had to step it up a bit, made three birdies in a row. Paul snagged the 16th and I managed to grab the last two, so two up yeah,” Garner smiled.
Hot start on cold day for #Blues
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Despite the chill in the air, the NSW Men are off to a hot start on Day two of the Men’s Interstate teams matches against Tasmania at The Grange Golf Club.
After starting on the 6th hole this morning, Andrew Richards has led the team out and is one up through the 16th.
Harrison Crowe has got it to two up after the 16th against Tasmania’s Ryan Thomas, while James Grierson is currently on the 15th and all square in his match against Richard Kube.
Jordie Garner is two-up playing the 12th hole, Nathan Barbieri is one up on the 11th while Josh Armstrong and Blake Windred are all square playing the 10th.
The NSW Women are well underway at Glenelg, and the girls look like they are in a real battle for the points.
Sophie Yip and Darcy Habgood are well behind thru 11 holes, both are five down. Amy Chu is two down against Kathryn Norris, while Stephanie Kyriacou and Doey Choi are two up against their opponents Kirsten Rudely and Maddinson Hinson-Tolchard.
DAY TWO UNDERWAY AT #INTSERIES
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Day two of the Australian Men’s and Women’s Interstate Teams Matches are underway in Adelaide.
Players woke to a fresh cold morning with some small cloud cover. Beanies and jumpers are a must have item this morning.
There is a high chance of showers developing, likely late in the afternoon or early this evening. Winds are going to get up to about 25km/h from the northeast and northwest before turning southwesterly and strengthening later.
The NSW Men have two crucial matches this morning; both must-win affairs. First up, they face the plucky Tasmanian unit that managed to surprise all on day one with a stirring 3½ all draw against the fancied Queensland unit, then hosts South Australia.
The Women will face a couple of fancied opponents in their two contests today.
First up is the Western Australian team, who are brimming with talent from their recent win in the girls' teams matches in WA. In the afternoon they will face their conquerors from the 2017 Women’s final, Victoria, in a highly anticipated re-match.
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