Victoria maintained top position in the boys’ Interstate Series today, toppling traditional rival New South Wales at Riverside Oaks.
The Vics remain top of the table on contests won over Queensland, which had an important afternoon win over Western Australia to also remain unbeaten after four rounds.
And remarkably, the impressive ACT team kept its faint title hopes alive with another win, this time over winless Tasmania to record its second victory and move ahead of NSW into fourth position with three rounds to play.
South Australia posted its first victory with a comprehensive 4.5-0.5 victory over the winless Northern Territory.
A key round of matches is slated for Wednesday morning with some lower rankings likely to be determined with Tassie against the NT and South Australia up against the ACT.
NSW will face fierce rival Queensland in another critical match, while Victoria and Western Australia will square off in what shapes as a crucial match at the pointy end of the table.
Despite new Australian boys’ junior champion Cameron John going down 4&2 to the impressive Josh Gadd in the top match, Victoria already had enough points in the bank to topple NSW after Jasper Stubbs beat Billy Watson 4&3, Max Charles saluted 2&1 over Jye Pickin and Toby Walker downed Jones Comerford 4&3 in the first three matches out. The in-form Jordan Garner stayed hot with a tight 1-up win over Andree Lautee for NSW’s second point.
Zach Maxwell gave Queensland the perfect start with a commanding 7&6 win over WA’s Joshua Greer, but the states were soon level again when Jordan Doull won a tight contest against Joel Stahlhut, 1-up.
But the young Maroons weren’t to be denied and Mitch Varley tipped the scales their way with a 1-up win over Cooper Geddes, setting the scene for the impressive Louis Dobbelaar to seal the deal with a 5&4 against Hayden Hopewell.
The talented Fred Lee rocked Jed Morgan 3&2 in the top match, but the damage had already been done for Queensland, which stayed just one contest behind Victoria on countback at the top of the ladder.