Date: May 08, 2018
Author: Mark Hayes

Men’s: Stunning halves shake #IntSeries

It took approximately four hours for the men’s Interstate Series to be thrown completely on its ear.

Victoria leapt to an early lead in its title defence, but that was only made possible by the real drama elsewhere on The Grange’s East Course on a still Adelaide morning.

The highly fancied Queensland team was absolutely stunned when Tasmania’s Craig Hancock kept world No.29 Shae Wools-Cobb at bay for a famous 2&1 victory that halved the outsiders’ match with the Maroons.

Earlier, former professional Nathan Gatehouse won 2-up against world No.28 Dylan Perry, showing just how feisty the Tasmania team can be against all opposition.

Paul Read was the other Taswegian to win, his 2&1 victory over Lawry Flynn enough to make Mark Schulz’s half against Dylan Gardner stand up for a 3.5-3.5 stunner.

But that wasn’t the only halved contest, with New South Wales and Western Australia also sharing a point.

Young Blues star Harrison Crowe, playing at No.6, was the only NSW point in the first four matches out, with his 5&3 win over Josh Greer keeping a light flickering for his upper-order teammates, who duly responded.

Nathan Barbieri halved a great clash with The Vines’ Ben Ferguson at No.3, then Blake Windred, at No.1, stunned world No.9 amateur Min Woo Lee 5&4 to give the Blues hope of a possible rescue mission.

And that was made reality when Josh Armstrong held tough against Kiran Day in their No.2 clash to halve the contest.

Victoria’s 7-0 whitewash of the Northern Territory, highlighted by Matias Sanchez’s 7&5 win over Robert Miller, has already given the reigning champs a slight buffer on the table with the second round matches on course this afternoon.