Australia is reaching the final stretch at the Welsh 10-Nations competition, and National Coach Steve Glasson has been kind enough to detail how his Jackaroos charges fared on day seven, as they look to progress to more medal matches.
Day 7 was one to enjoy for the Aussies, particularly after a tough day 6.
It underlines what we already knew, this great game we love so much is the best leveller, most challenging, most frustrating and most of all, the most unpredictable of all.
From the top, our Men’s Singles representative, Aaron Teys, desperately needed a win against Namibia in the morning session to have any chance of qualifying to the pointy end of the event and in style, “Teysie” delivered.
With the Dinas Powys green pleading for rain, finally a tease was provided with a few brief, intermittent showers during the night, resulting in a change of pace from approximately 17 seconds to 11 seconds.
This brief respite from drought helped ‘flatten out’ the green which made it more user-friendly, with Teys taking full advantage and powering to a 21-6 victory.
This result was enough to catapult him into the top three of his section, then, with other results changing the face of this section, he ultimately finished second in is his group; lining up a quarter-final clash with Jersey, with the winner to take on Ireland.
Our Women’s Pairs team of Ellen Ryan and Kelsey Cottrell endured a very competitive day, as expected, with their first up game against local identities Cymru Wales providing them the opportunity to seal their place at the top of the table, should they prevail.
It was yet another war on the greens at Penylan, as Cymru deservingly led for the majority, until an out of blue full count of 6 to the Jackaroos duo helped catapult them to victory; final scoreline read Australia defeated Cymru 18-11.
With other results, it meant the Aussies just had to keep their last game against South Africa tight and that they did with a 1 shot loss; therefore earning a direct entry into the semi-finals.
Well done to South Africa on this important round win and also finals qualification.
The Women’s Triples team of Kristina Krstic, Chloe Stewart and Rebecca Van Asch faced two final round games against Canada and Spain respectively, and pleasingly, our girls were sublime in both games.
They were ruthless in their performance and precision, registering two great wins against quality opposition and with Malaysia suffering a last round loss, the Jackaroos elevated themselves to top spot in their group and now await the winner of the Cymru and Malaysia quarter-final to see who they will play in the semi.
The Men’s Fours contingent of Jesse Noronha, Corey Wedlock, Ben Twist and Arron Wilson faced the very competitive and well performed Canada in the post lunch match, after the Aussies enjoyed a bye in the morning.
In their own words, the Jackaroos foursome provided their best performance thus far, compiling 23 shots to the Canadians 13, ensuring top spot.
They now await the victors from the USA v Namibia quarter-final to see who will play for gold.
Looking forward to a very enjoyable and competitive day tomorrow (Friday) here in Cardiff.
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Caption: Women’s Triples Action at the picturesque Barry Athletic Club.