Victoria, Western Australia and New South Wales have perfect winning records after the first day of the 2019 Australian Boys’ Interstate Teams Matches at Sanctuary Cove Golf Club on the Gold Coast.
Comprising six players aged under 18, teams from each Australian state and territory are contesting the annual team match play competition in Queensland, last hosted in the sunshine state at Pacific Harbour in 2012.
Players battled it out on the Palm Course for the opening two rounds under sunny skies, but a strong southerly breeze appeared in the afternoon making scoring difficult.
Having last won the title in 2015, Victoria started strong with a five match to nil morning win over the Northern Territory followed by a further clean sweep in the afternoon over the ACT to head the ladder.
Tomorrow afternoon’s fourth round clash against defending champions Queensland loom as pivotal match for the Victorian side. The local side halved its morning contest against South Australia before accounting for Tasmania later in the day to remain undefeated.
Western Australia only lost one individual match in its two respective contest wins over the ACT and the Northern Territory while New South Wales registered its two victories over Tasmania and South Australia. The two unbeaten states will meet in another enthralling contest tomorrow afternoon from where the favourites for the title will emerge.
Victoria will be strongly challenged by Queensland, headed by newly crowned Australian Boys Champion, Elvis Smylie while the impressive Western Australian No.1 seed Hayden Hopewell will be looking to extend his undefeated title.
In the girls’ championship up in Toowoomba, defending champions, Western Australia, asserted their dominance early securing 4-1 wins over South Australia and the Composite team – comprised of players from NT, TAS, and ACT to take the top spot on the leaderboard.
The Victorian team fired early in their first contest against rivals NSW with Imogen Jones and Piper Stubbs accounting for their opponents for the team’s first points. A late eagle from No.1 seed Sheradyn Johnson saw the Victorian side earn an all-important halve for a 3.5-1.5 victory.
Queenslanders Momo Sugiyama, Hannah Reeves and Lion Higo secured crucial points in their matches against a strong NSW side for a 3-2 upset.
South Australia stood their ground against a strong Victorian team after taking the lead in three of their matches at the turn. However it wasn’t meant to be for SA as Piper Stubbs and Tiana Wanigasekera scored all important matches with Keeley Marx finalising her contest for the team’s win. Notable mention to Kay Bannan who was four down with five holes to play but bounced back to score her Victorian team a halved match and points.