Victoria sweep Interstate titles
VICTORIA completed an unprecedented clean sweep of state teams’ titles last month, downing Queensland 5-3 in the men’s final at Huntingdale.
A day after winning the women’s championship at Royal Melbourne and less than a month after winning the girls’ and boys’ trophies in South Australia, history was made when Brett Coletta sealed his No.3 match 3&1.
As the rest of the results fell Victoria’s way, the party began for the home teams with the women’s squad watching in support.
“It’s an awesome feeling,” Ben Eccles said after his match with Simon Viitakangas was halved, earning the Victorian skipper a medal as one of three unbeaten players for the week with five wins and two halves.
“To have the girls and boys, then the women all win, we were really keen to get the four up today and it couldn’t have worked out better.
“It’s a really proud day for me, but mostly the state – to do that for the first time ever is almost unbelievable.
In the consolation matches, New South Wales finished third with a hard-fought 4.5-3.5 win over Western Australia. In the playoff for fifth, South Australia breezed past Tasmania 6-2 with Antonio Murdaca winning the top match
against Greg Longmore 2&1. •
The victorious Vics (courtesy Golf Australia)