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#IntSeries: Maroons ride high at Royal

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Queensland has left the first day of the women’s #IntSeries the big winner.

After a comfortable morning win over host Tasmania at Royal Hobart, the Queenslanders took on the giant-killing Victorians fresh from a surprise win over New South Wales and with the world at their feet.

But the young Maroons were not daunted and, spearheaded by the emerging Cassie Porter, took down the Big V 4-1 in emphatic fashion.

Remarkably after just two rounds, the win left the Queenslanders alone atop the ladder and with their fate in their own hands in the hunt to reach Thursday’s final.

Porter, 16, who recently defended her NT Amateur crown, was not alone in propelling her state to a big win, with Issy Taylor, Lisa Edgar and the red-hot Sarah Wilson also victorious.

But it was the Sunshine Coaster, who beat Australian representative Steph Bunque 2-up in the anchor match, who proved there was no weak link at any point in the Queensland roster.

“I’m very happy with that,” Porter beamed after staving off a furious late rally by Victorian No.1 Bunque.

“I was really happy to put up a good fight like that. I was a bit nervous going in against Steph, I’m not gonna lie, because she’s a really strong player and to come out with a win against her, I was really happy (because) she played awesome.”

Porter drilled three birdies and missed a makeable putt for another from holes 1-4 at Royal Hobart after starting on the 14th this afternoon to gap Bunque, who made a furious late rally with three consecutive birdies of her own to force the quality match down the last.

But in pressing for an eagle, Bunque short-sided herself on approach to the par-five and ultimately Porter’s conceded par was enough for a 2-up win.

The shining light for Victoria was Alex Hilliard, who won for the second time today in a 7&6 clinic against Dee Russell. When their match finished, Hilliard was five under through 12 holes.

In other matches, Western Australia and title favourite New South Wales bounced back after shock morning losses to leave four of the pack chasing Queensland at 1-1 after day one.

WA won 4-1 over Tasmania, which got its first individual win from the impressive Mackenzie Wilson. It was a good return to the winner’s circle for the young Sandgropers, who were shocked early in the day by South Australia, but fought back nicely with Abbie Teasdale an impressive 5&4 winner over Sarah Johnstone in a clutch match.

The SA team pushed NSW hard in the afternoon, but the Blues were equal to the task and, riding Kelsey Bennett’s ominous 7&5 win Sophie Hilditch, steadied to win 3.5-1.5 with the Mollymook ace four under through 13 when their match ended.

Womens #IntSeries Day 1 Leaderboard
How things stand after day one of the 2019 Australian Interstate Series.


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