NSW made to work by NT in run to team ti­tle

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT - JACK HIS­LOP

NSW se­cured the women’s Marj Mor­ris Tro­phy with a round to spare yes­ter­day at the Aus­tralian Sides Cham­pi­onships, but didn’t do it eas­ily against the NT at Dar­win Bowls Club.

Although NSW claimed all three rinks to win 69-43, the Ter­ri­tory took it to the com­pe­ti­tion favourites in what proved the tour­na­ment-de­cid­ing ses­sion.

Natasha Scott’s quar­tet trailed Colleen Orr’s team all game, but se­cured three shots on the fi­nal end to pre­vail 21-20. That ex­tended NSW’s rink wins to an unas­sail­able four clear of sec­ond-placed Vic­to­ria.

The NT would fin­ish the tour­na­ment in style, how­ever, beat­ing the ACT 75-49 in the fi­nal rub­ber. The com­pre­hen­sive three-rink vic­tory as­sured fourth place over­all for the hosts after seven rounds of com­pe­ti­tion.

The Ter­ri­tory’s best day came on Fri­day, when it top­pled Queens­land and South Aus­tralia back-to-back.

In the men’s Al­ley Shield, Vic­to­ria also claimed first place with a round to spare after claim­ing a sixth con- sec­u­tive vic­tory against the ACT.

After a tough tour­na­ment, the Ter­ri­tory men fin­ished on a high by de­feat­ing ACT 67-61 in the af­ter­noon.

The rinks skip­pered by Graeme Kitto and Trys­tan Smal­la­combe won 23-17 and 29-16 re­spec­tively, and although Alan Ma­her’s team went down 28-15, it was enough for the NT to taste suc­cess.

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