The Trans Tasman Test Series will go down to the wire after the New Zealand Blackjacks levelled the scores against the Australian Jackaroos on the penultimate day at Broadbeach Bowls Club.
The best-of-three test event will be decided on Sunday’s final day of play, after New Zealand secured the second test’s honours in comprehensive fashion in the Senior event today.
New Zealand stunningly claimed nine wins and two draws from their 12 encounters contested today in the Senior competition, which assured the nation of an outright first test victory, following Australia’s dominant opening test performance.
While the overall honours will be determined tomorrow, Australia has already secured four of the seven pieces of silverware on offer a day early, after claiming consecutive test victories in the Development and Para-Sport categories.
The second-tier development team prevailed in 11 out of 12 matches, while the para-sport competitors won all six of their clashes, which resulted in Australia reaching an unassailable lead regardless of the final day’s results.
At a minimum, Australia will retain the Development Men’s Trophy, Development Women’s Trophy, Overall Development Trophy and the Para-Sport Trophy, but will hunt the remaining Senior Men’s Trophy, Senior Women’s Trophy and Overall Trans Tasman Winner’s Trophy in the third, and final, test tomorrow.
A further three sessions will be staged on the final day, with play commencing at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games bowls venue from 9.00am AEST.
The Trans Tasman Test Series is the last international competition before both the Australian and New Zealand selectors announce their squads for GC2018.
The Australian Jackaroos team will be whittled down from 13 to 10 able-bodied competitors, in addition to 5 para-sport athletes, who will contest 10 gold medals on offer next April at GC2018.