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Stage set for #AusJnr girls' finale

Stephanie Kyriacou
Stephanie Kyriacou


The stage is set for a thrilling finale to the 2017 #AusJnr Girls Interstate Teams Series after NSW and Victoria both recorded a pair of wins on day two of the competition at Port Kembla Golf Club near Wollongong.

With one round to play, Victoria sits a half a match ahead of NSW with the two undefeated teams to meet tomorrow’s to decide the winners of the Burtta Cheney Cup.

NSW, the defending champions, didn’t have it all their way in the morning match, scraping by with a 3-2 win over a courageous Western Australia side. Maddison Hinson-Tolchard snared the prize scalp of last week’s Girls #AusJnr Champion Grace Kim for the WA team, while Kirsten Rudgeley defeated Doey Choi.

Stephanie Kyriacou and Belinda Ji recorded solid wins of 7&5 and 6&5 for the Sky Blues, but it was left to last week’s Girls Australian Junior Runner-up, Hannah Park to seal the win over her opponent Kathryn Norris, with a birdie on the last hole to win one-up.

The Sky Blues had an easier time in the afternoon however, recording a solid win over South Australia 5-Nil.

“The girls struggled a little this morning, but they came back very strongly this afternoon,” NSW team manager Liz White said. “Tomorrow’s match is going to be exciting.”

The strong Victorian team had it easy in their morning match, cruising to a 4 1/2 - 1/2 win over South Australia. Zara Woodbridge was dominant for the Vics, winning 9&7. Other winners were Kono Matsumoto, Linley Ooi, and Alizza Hetherington.

The Southerners then accounted for a gallant Queensland team, 4-1 in the afternoon.

“It was pretty close out there this afternoon,” Jo Charlton, Victorian team manager, said. “They have been really solid and focussed from the get-go though, no real surprises,”

Charlton expects the final to be a fantastic battle.

“The girls on both teams are pretty level; it’s going to be more a test of resilience. The weather report for tomorrow isn’t good. Hopefully, those Victorian conditions are going to play into our favour,” she smiled.

In tomorrow's other matches, Queensland and WA will battle it out for third and fourth positions, while the Composite team and South Australia will play off for fifth and sixth spots.


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