NSW women claim five-peat, Victorian men break drought

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NSW and Victoria were the big winners of the 2016 Australian Sides Championships in Queanbeyan.
The NSW women etched their name into the history books at the Australian Sides Championships in Queanbeyan, while the Victorian men added another chapter to their illustrious chronicle. (article courtesy of Bowls Australia)
NSW and Victoria were the big winners of the 2016 Australian Sides Championships in Queanbeyan.
The NSW women etched their name into the history books at the Australian Sides Championships in Queanbeyan, while the Victorian men added another chapter to their illustrious chronicle.

The Blues secured a unique slice of history after becoming the first state or territory to claim five consecutive titles in either gender’s event, after the women’s team obliterated their own record of four straight victories set last year.

Women’s Bowls NSW earned a five-peat of Marj Morris Trophies after finishing the event with an unblemished record and victories against all other state and territories, with the exception of Northern Territory who weren’t present for the four days of warfare.

The milestone result was the state’s tenth title triumph in 26 stagings of the women’s portion of the competition.

There was further cause of celebration in the Waratah state, with the rink of Dawn Hayman, Kay Moran, Beth Quinlan and Karen Murphy awarded the best-performed team honours, as the only unbeaten team with six straight wins and +64 shot difference.

In the men’s Alley Shield event, Victoria broke its 14 year dry spell after maintaining its untarnished record in the last round this morning.

The Big V were clinical in their final performance against Tasmania, which everyone presumed they needed to win in order to dethrone the defending titleholders NSW by an outright result and avoid a count-back, but actually finished with a two game surplus as the Blues were toppled by South Australia by 2 shots in the last round.

It was a momentous result for the Victorians, who have been relegated to runner-up placing a number of times in recent years, with the occasion marking their ninth Shield victory across 51 stagings of the event since 1959, and first since 2002.

Bowls Victoria’s Dane McKinnon, Brad Orr, Dylan Fisher and Matthew Flapper secured the best-performed men’s team accolade, with six wins from seven starts across the four days, and a shot differential of 49.

The Overall Champions Trophy result went down to the wire, given NSW and Victoria both enjoyed stellar campaigns across both genders, but it was the Blues who were more consistent across both events, with a second place finish in the men’s compared to Victoria’s third in the women’s.

As a result, the Blues locked away their fifth overall win in nine years, since the introduction of the award in 2008 when the men’s and women’s events were combined.

Bowls Australia congratulate NSW on claiming five consecutive Marj Morris Trophies, in addition to the Overall Champions Trophy, and Victoria on winning their first Alley Shield since 2002, while also acknowledging the valiant effort of the other six state and territories.

NSW’s winning women’s team:
NSW 1: Sarah Boddington, Samantha Shannahan, Katrina Wright, Kelsey Cottrell
NSW 2: Dawn Hayman, Kay Moran, Beth Quinlan, Karen Murphy
NSW 3: Jamie-Lee Worsnop, Ellen Ryan, Anne Johns, Natasha Scott

Victoria’s winning men’s team:
VIC 1: Liam Garlick-Adams, Nathan Wilson, Brett Spurr, Aaron Wilson
VIC 2: Josh Corless, Dale Jones, Nick McIntyre, Barrie Lester
VIC 3: Dane McKinnon, Brad Orr, Dylan Fisher, Matthew Flapper

Women’s final ladder:
1. NSW (18 points, 13.5 rinks), 2. Western Australia (15, 10.5), 3. Victoria (9,12.5), 4.  Queensland (6, 9), 5. South Australia (6, 7.5), 6. ACT (6, 4), 7. Tasmania (3, 6).

Men’s final ladder:
1. Victoria (21 points, 15 rinks), 2. NSW (15, 16.5), 3. South Australia (15, 12.5 ), 4. Tasmania (12, 9), 5. Queensland (9, 11), 6. Western Australia (6, 9), 7. ACT (6, 8), 8. Northern Territory (0, 3).

Overall ladder:
1. NSW (33 points, 30 rinks), 2. Victoria (30, 27.5), 3. South Australia (21, 20), 4. Western Australia (21, 19.5), 5. Queensland (15, 20), 6. Tasmania (15, 15), 7. ACT (12,12), 8. Northern Territory (0, 3).

Click here to view the full results from the men’s 2016 Alley Shield competition.

Click here to view the full results from the women’s 2016 Marj Morris Trophy event.