Queensland’s men have suffered their first defeat at the 2017 Yorke Peninsula Australian Senior Sides Championships.
The Maroons were unbeaten heading into the fourth round, having downed ACT by the narrowest of margins (52-51) in the third round.
However, their luck ran out when they came up against a resilient Western Australia outfit, dropping two rinks heavily. Queensland’s winning rink, skipped by Geoff Maskell, did their best to try and drag the team over the line, but even their 29-10 scoreline wasn’t enough to claw back the deficit as Gary Caffell and Robbie Ball took out comfortable rink wins for the Sandgropers.
Queensland’s loss leaves South Australia as the only unbeaten men’s side, the host state boasting two wins and a draw, to setup a tantalising encounter between the two teams when they meet at the Wallaroo Bowling Club on Wednesday morning. The Croweaters will have a chance to jump into top spot on the table, as they take on the Northern Territory in tonight’s second part of round 4 under lights at the spectacular Wallaroo Bowls Club.
Queensland’s women fared better, managing a 10 shot victory to hand the Western Australian’s their first taste of defeat for the tournament.
On the other green, both New South Wales men’s and women’s sides handed out heavy defeats to Tasmania. The win for the NSW women means their record remains unblemished at the event, and they’ll be full of confidence coming up against old rival Victoria on Wednesday morning at Moonta Memorial Park Bowling Club.
Round four will conclude tonight at the Wallaroo Bowling Club’s showcase evening session pitting hosts South Australia against Northern Territory while ACT come up against Victoria. Look out for Rinkside Live a bit later tonight as the host state’s Men’s team looks to capitalise on Queensland’s slip up and jump to the top of the table.