Date: September 05, 2008

Every last shot counts

MEN The race for the Men’sInterstate Series has been thrown wide open after Victoria beat NSW going into the final day. Simmering action reached boiling point as the top of the table titans New South Wales and Victoria clashed in a showdown at Monash. Victoria decided to change their foursomes order (not the pairings) and it worked perfectly. Matt Griffin and Josh Younger beat local lads Tim Stewart and Michael Raseta 2&1. The rest of the foursomes were an equally tense affair with Victoria prevailing 3-1 going into a crucial afternoon of singles matches. Griffin followed up on his morning form by hammering Tim Stewart 5&4 on his home track. Both men will be team-mates at the World Amateur Championships in Adelaide next month. Western Australia began their foursomes against South Australia with Matt Jager and Jason Scrivener defeating Chris Brown and Jordan Sherratt 6&5. Another win and a squared match left WA in front as the singles began but SA are always dangerous and put up a solid fight. And indeed they did as singles wins for Jordan Sherratt, Nick Cullen, Chris Austin, Max McCardle and Stephen Speirs sealed the win. Queensland continued its disappointing run of form in the championships, down to Tasmania after the foursomes but fought back in singles, losing narrowly as Tassie&aposs Ryan McCarthy&aposs 1-up victory over Ray Beaufils helped to confirm the win. Click here for a full Men&aposs scoreboard from Day 4 WOMEN On a cold day at Pymble, Victoria faltered in their opening foursomes as NSW ran riot, winning all three matches. Justine Lee and Allyce Watkinson beat Clare Choi and Stacey Keating 4&3. Victoria simply had to bounce back in the singles but found the going tough- squaring three of the five singles matches to lose narrowly overall. Western Australia, holding third place, stumbled in their opening foursomes against South Australia, losing two matches with Whitney Hillier and Jessica Speechley squaring with Stephanie Na and Jovanna Bozanic in the other. Wins for Stephanie Na and Cara Guest in the singles gave South Australia the win and puts them in with a fighting chance- sitting 2 matches behind NSW going into the final day. The Queensland women managed to get back some northern pride, getting the better of Tasmania. Leading 2-1 after the foursomes, the Queensland ladies put on a sensational show winning every singles match with Samantha Holt impressive. Tomorrow, the tee time will be pushed earlier because of a poor weather forecast. Singles will be played first and foursomes if weather permits. Click here for a full women&aposs scoreboard from Day 4 COLTS In freezing weather at Mona Vale, the top of the table clash lived up to all expectations as NSW and Victoria tied at 4 matches apiece. NSW s two otherwise undefeated Colts were beaten as Victoria took it up to their rivals. The draw was the ideal result for NSW as they go into their final match against SA tomorrow knowing SA are yet to win a match. Fourth-placed Queensland produced one of the performances of the day, disposing of Tasmania in brutal fashion with a 7-1 win. Led again by Jared Consoli, the Queenslanders won all singles matches, dropping just one foursomes match but still see themselves in fourth position. It was a much more even affair between Western Australia and South Australia with WA prevailing 4 to 3 . Shaun Malone s win over Andre Na and Paul Mews victory over Matt Butler helped to seal the win and move WA into second place overall. Western Australia will need to beat Victoria tomorrow and hope South Australia can upset NSW to win the title. Click here for a full Colts scoreboard of Day 4