Date: May 17, 2007

Stage set for Friday showdown

Queensland and Western Australia both posted wins at Barwon Heads Golf Club today leaving the 2007 Women&aposs Interstate Teams Matches up for grabs on tomorrow&aposs final day. The sunshine state overcame Tasmania 5-2 while Western Australia had a tough 4-3 win over Victoria. These results leave just two points and one match between the leaders with the teams set to face off on the final day. Queensland entered Thursday&aposs round as the favourite to beat a winless Tasmania but was still made to fight for the points. The morning foursomes were split and Tasmanian, Sarah Griffiths defeated Sheree Hasson in the singles as the Apple Isle demonstrated their competitive spirit. But with the title on their mind, the Queensland players applied themselves to the task at hand to win the remaining matches and stay perched atop the table. However a more convincing win would have given them more breathing space from Western Australia. Queensland must win or halve its match tomorrow to claim the title. The West Australian charge to victory stayed on track as they overcame Victoria 4-3. There is no doubt they were handed a tougher task than Queensland, but the girls had to overcome a determined home side, which had fought out a thrilling draw against New South Wales the previous day. Western Australia claimed both the morning foursomes matches but Victoria clawed their way back to square the ledger with wins to Stacey Keating and Grace Lennon. Whitney Hillier gave Western Australia the edge with a 4/3 win over Clare Choi but Kate Combes ensured the home state maintained the pressure with a 3/2 win over Rochelle Miles. Western Australia&aposs title hopes, rested upon the young shoulders of Kristie Smith. The 18-year old stepped up and delivered 3/2 against National Squad team mate Emma Bennett to give her state the win and a shot at the title on Friday. In the today&aposs other contest, New South Wales defeated South Australia 5-2. Julia Boland won both her matches for the winners while South Australian Stephanie Na defeated her Commonwealth Cup team mate Helen Oh. The win took New South Wales above rivals Victoria on the points table. After four exciting days, the equation is now simple. The winner of Friday&aposs clash between Queensland and Western Australia claims the title. Queensland will win in the event of a draw. Final-day action gets underway at 8:00am Friday with the foursomes matches, whilst singles matches commence at 12.30pm (AEST). Round 4 Results Australian Women’s Interstate Teams Matches Barwon Heads Golf Club, Victoria New South Wales defeated South Australia 5 matches to 2 Foursomes Julia Boland & Frances Bondad (NSW) defeated Samantha Holt & Cara Guest (SA) 1up Emma de Groot & Rebecca Flood (NSW) defeated Ebony Heard & Louise Glennon (SA) 3/2 Singles Helen Oh (NSW) lost to Stephanie Na (SA) 2/1 Rebecca Flood (NSW) defeated Samantha Holt (SA) 1up Sunny Park (NSW) lost to Ebony Heard (SA) 2/1 Emma de Groot (NSW) defeated Cara Guest (SA) 1up Julia Boland (NSW) defeated Jovanna Bozanic (SA) 2/1 Queensland defeated Tasmania 5 matches to 2 Foursomes Cecilia Nha & Sheree Hasson (Qld) defeated Laurie Chew & Jessica Oakes (Tas) 3/2 Katrina Jones & Maggie Yuan (Qld) lost to Sarah Griffiths & Abbey Gibbins (Tas) 2/1 Singles Bree Arthur (Qld) defeated Laurie Chew (Tas) 6/5 Cecilia Nha (Qld) defeated Jessica Oakes (Tas) 6/5 Courtney Massey (Qld) defeated Abbey Gibbins (Tas) 6/5 Sheree Hasson (Qld) lost to Sarah Griffiths (Tas) 5/4 Katrina Jones (Qld) defeated Sarah Johnstone (Tas) 2up Western Australia defeated Victoria 4 matches to 3 Foursomes Rochelle Miles & Stacey Shanahan (WA) defeated Emma Bennett & Grace Lennon (Vic) 1up Kristie Smith & Whitney Hillier (WA) defeated Clare Choi & Jody Fleming (Vic) 4/2 Singles Kristie Smith (WA) defeated Emma Bennett (Vic) 3/2 Rochelle Miles (WA) lost to Kate Combes (Vic) 3/2 Whitney Hillier (WA) defeated Clare Choi (Vic) 4/3 Stacey Shanahan (WA) lost to Grace Lennon (Vic) 2down Sharon Dawson (WA) lost to Stacey Keating (Vic) 6/5 Standings – Day 4 Queensland 8 points (18 matches won) Western Australia 6 points (17 matches won) New South Wales 5 points (16 matches won) Victoria 3 points (16 matches won) South Australia 2 points (12 matches won) Tasmania 0 points (3 matches won) Click here to view all scores and draws