NSW and Tasmania in Interstate Teams Final
Tasmania and New South Wales are set to contest the Australian Interstate Series final at Royal Adelaide.
The last occasion the Tasmanians collected the Interstate honours was in 1977 as the southerners go in search of creating history against the main states who have dominated these series over the last decade.
Tasmania’s Ryan McCarthy (Credit: Anthony Powter)
The second consolation final has Victoria against South Australia with Western Australia playing the defending champions Queensland in the third consolation final.
Following the four days of qualification, the New South Wales Team finished the top seed with twenty matches to its credit over the Tasmanian’s eighteen and a half.
Victoria finished in third position with eighteen matches, a half ahead of South Australia, with Western Australia at thirteen and a half and Queensland finishing at the bottom of the ladder with only one contest to it’s credit.
The fifth round produced some interesting results with Oliver Goss defeating Nathan Holman 2&1, Jake Higginbottom accounting for Daniel Nisbet 2&1, and South Australian Chris Brown disposing of Ryan McCarthy, 3&2.
Cameron Smith squared his match against Brett Drewitt with the lower order of New South Wales delivering the goods to secure the finals berth for their team through Dimi Papadatos nailing a 4&3 win over Queensland’s Daniel McGraw and Ricki Kato winning his match, 4&3, over Aaron Wilkin.
Tasmania progressed through to the final following wins from Cory Crawford, after he defeated South Australia’s Brad Moules, 1-up, with John Cassidy accounting for Heath Riches, 2&1, to be followed by Samuel Rawlings disposing of Jack Williams, 3&2.