PREVIEW: Hopes high for epic #IntSeries

Western Australia
The Western Australian flag is raised.

A rousing reception greeted the West Australian teams at last night’s opening ceremony to the Interstate Series at Royal Fremantle Golf Club.

The hosts have enjoyed great success domestically and around the world recently and, with great support at Royal Fremantle in the women’s and nearby Melville Glades in the men’s, hopes are obviously high among hometown fans.

Golf Australia championship director Trevor Herden said both courses have been presented in tremendous condition, paving the way for two intriguing contests.

Reigning champion New South Wales will again be favourites in the men’s #IntSeries, with five of the eight in last year’s winning combination back again – and three impressive newcomers in Isaac Noh, James Grierson and boom junior Josh Armstrong.

The hosts were dealt a late blow with the exclusion of Fred Lee who has had to miss the week for study commitments. He has been replaced in WA’s squad by youngster Jordan Doull, who was one of only two undefeated players at the recent Australian Junior Interstate Series.

Queensland again has claims and Victoria is also confident, meaning a great week of action is all but guaranteed.

In the women’s competition, Victoria, even without Alizza Hetherington away on Queen Sirikit Cup duties with the national team, packs a relatively experienced punch compared to the surging number of youngsters on show this week.

Queensland will be led in its title defence by Gennai Goodwin and Dee Dee Russell, the only two players in the maroon colours who weren’t in the state’s team at the recent Junior Interstate Series.

To that end, New South Wales for the first time has the exact same team representing at open-age level as the triumphant squad at Port Kembla last month.

The WA team has Wanneroo’s Georgia Shears as its oldest player at just 19, but it could be a surprise power with a couple of other players having already experienced play at this level, including Maddison Hinson-Tolchard and the promising Kathryn Norris.

“It’s going to be a great week – there’s a real buzz about the competition and it’s great weather at this time of year in Perth, so the stage is set,” Herden said.

“I don’t think we’ve got clear-cut favourites in either event, so every match is going to be important.”

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