Date: May 16, 2007

Rivals draw while Queensland soars

New South Wales and Victoria battled out a pulsating draw at Barwon Heads Golf Club today and the winner was Queensland! The result means the sunshine state is now three points clear of its two main rivals but still faces a challenge from Western Australia which is just two behind the leaders. Victoria and New South Wales took to the course in fine weather in what was billed as the most anticipated contest and in hindsight, it justified the anticipation. The states were all square after the morning foursomes and then remarkably halved the first three singles matches leaving the stage set for a grandstand finish. Helen Oh recovered from three-down against Victorian Kate Combes to salvage a half and keep her state in the hunt – a feat made even more remarkable by the fact that Oh was ill throughout the day. Rebecca Flood gave New South Wales the advantage with a 3/2 victory over Grace Lennon in the penultimate match but Victorian Chare Choi came through in a &aposmust win&apos situation for her state. She defeated Julia Boland 2/1 to secure a win, and a squared result for the contest. Both sides will be disappointed not to have claimed victory as it now means they are unlikely to chase down Queensland and Western Australia at the top of the table. Queensland took another step toward victory with a 5-2 triumph over South Australia. The contest could have gone either way, with four matches lasting until the 18th hole. Queenslander Cecilia Nha was faced with her first real challenge of the week, losing to Samantha Holt 1down. Western Australia continued to apply the pressure to the leader with an easy win over Tasmania. Australian Amateur Foursomes winners Rochelle Miles and Stacey Shanahan showed why they are the nation&aposs best in this format, defeating Laurie Chew and Sarah Johnstone 8/7. Kristie Smith and Tricia Borgward had a narrow 1up win before the West Australian girls went on to claim five from five of the singles matches. Western Australia is still in the running if it defeats Victoria tomorrow and Queensland on Friday. Foursome matches commence at 8.00am and single matches commence at 12.30pm (AEST). Round 3 Results Australian Women’s Interstate Teams Matches Barwon Heads Golf Club, Victoria Western Australia defeated Tasmania 7 matches to Nil Foursomes Rochelle Miles & Stacey Shanahan (WA) defeated Laurie Chew & Sarah Johnstone (Tas) 8/7 Kristie Smith & Tricia Borgward (WA) defeated Sarah Griffiths & Abby Gibbins (Tas) 1up Singles Kristie Smith (WA) defeated Laurie Chew (Tas) 5/4 Rochelle Miles (WA) defeated Sarah Griffiths (Tas) 8/7 Whitney Hillier (WA) defeated Jessica Oakes (Tas) 3/2 Stacey Shanahan (WA) defeated Abby Gibbins (Tas) 5/3 Tricia Borgward (WA) defeated Sarah Johnstone (Tas) 4/3 Victoria tied with New South Wales 3 matches each Foursomes Kate Combes & Stacey Keating (Vic) lost to Frances Bondad & Helen Oh (NSW) 3/2 Emma Bennett & Grace Lennon (Vic) defeated Julia Boland & Sunny Park (NSW) 2/1 Singles Emma Bennett (Vic) squared with Frances Bondad Kate Combes (Vic) squared with Helen Oh (NSW) Stacey Keating (Vic) squared with Sunny Park (NSW) Grace Lennon (Vic) lost to Rebecca Flood (NSW) 3/2 Clare Choi (Vic) defeated Julia Boland (NSW) 2/1 Queensland defeated South Australia 5 matches 2 Foursomes Bree Arthur & Courtney Massey (Qld) defeated Stephanie Na & Samantha Holt (SA) 2/1 Cecilia Nha & Sheree Hasson (Qld) squared with Ebony Heard & Jovanna Bozanic (SA) Singles Bree Arthur (Qld) defeated Stephanie Na (SA) 1up Cecilia Nha (Qld) lost to Samantha Holt (SA) 1up Courtney Massey (Qld) defeated Ebony Heard (SA) 3/2 Sheree Hasson (Qld) defeated Cara Guest (SA) 2up Katrina Jones (Qld) squared with Jovanna Bozanic (SA) Standings – Day 3 Queensland 6 points (13 matches won) Western Australia 4 points (13 matches won) Victoria 3 points (13 matches won) New South Wales 3 points (11 matches won) South Australia 2 points (10 matches won) Tasmania 0 points (1 matches won)