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#IntSeries: Final berths in balance

Dee Dee Russell
Queensland captain Dee Dee Russell sets sights on an #IntSeries finals spot.

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New South Wales and Queensland have put themselves in the box seat to square off in tomorrow’s women’s #IntSeries final.

Only one match separates the Blues and Maroons on the standings with one round of preliminary matches to play at Royal Hobart.

After losing to Victoria in a round one upset, NSW has since had three straight wins, including sweeping Tasmania this afternoon.

Blues Grace Kim, Doey Choi & Steph Kyriacou nabbed two wins each for their state today, keys in a 3-2 win over the Maroons in the morning.

Queensland managed to escape the logjam on the ladder after lunch, the Maroons racing to three contest wins for the week with a 4-1 scoreline against Western Australia.

Dee Dee Russell notched wins over WA’s Yeah-Jin Lee and NSW’s Amy Chu on Wednesday and says the women from the Sunshine State are pleased to have their destiny in their own hands.

“I’m mainly feeling good for the team. We’re in a great position going into tomorrow,” Russell said.

“We have SA in the morning and they’ve obviously shown that they’re doing well this week, so we’re looking forward to matching up against them tomorrow and giving it our best.”

There will be no substantial changes to the game plan for the Queensland women, who have claimed 14.5 of a possible 20 points to date.

“I think with what Virg (coach Virginia Irwin) and Jess (manager Jess Jenkins) have been going over with us each night, we’ll be sticking to that exact same plan,” Russell said.

“If we do that, we’ll be fine.”

Victoria looms as the team most likely to squeeze its way into the decider. 

A tie in the morning with WA and a tense 3-2 triumph over South Australia on Wednesday afternoon kept the Vics in reach of the leading pair.

Victoria GC member Kono Matsumoto kept her team in the hunt by getting up-and-down on the final hole for a 1-up win over Sophie Hilditch.

The Victorians need to knock off host Tasmania tomorrow morning and hope Queensland loses to SA and/or NSW loses to WA if they’re to finish in the top two spots that reach the final.

South Australia is the only other team capable of reaching the final, but would need a big win over Queensland and other results to go its way.


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