NSW made to work by NT in run to team title
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.