Men's SA team defeats Vic Country team

Kyle Michel
Kyle Michel - Men's Victorian Country team captain

The Men's South Australian Country team has defeated the Victorian Country team for the first time since 2007 today in the annual match played this year at Naracoorte GC in South Australia.

The eight man teams compete in the multi-formatted event which sees foursomes matches played on the opening Saturday morning, four-ball matches in the afternoon and individual match play to conclude the event on Sunday morning.

This year's match was once again a tight affair, with the result on a knife's edge at four matches all heading into this morning's singles matches after both teams could not be separated at the conclusion of the foursomes and fourball matches.

In the end, it was the South Australian Country team who revelled in the pressure cooker atmosphere of the final singles matches, proving too strong winning five of the eight matches to break an eight year winless drought in this event and take the shield back to South Australia with a 9.5 matches to 6.5 matches win.

This year's match was once again played in great spirit, with Naracoorte GC also to be acknowledged as wonderful hosts of the event.

The Victorian Country team consisted of: Captain - Kyle Michel (Shepparton), Clint Foster (Portland), Brett Kellow (Mooroopna), Simon Goggin (Warrnambool), Rod Gillin (Horsham), Casey Schmidt (Horsham), Chris Tomlinson (Cobram-Barooga) & Shane Grover (Nhill).

The Victorian team was managed by Western District Men’s Secretary, John Snowden. The match has been played since 1989, annually alternating between Victoria and South Australia. The contest provides a high standard match for the leading country players from both states.

The annual match will return to be hosted in Victoria in 2017.

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