WOMEN: Finals no bridge too far

Robyn Choi
Robyn Choi of Queensland tees off the 5th hole at Royal Queensland on day two

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With only two rounds remaining all six states have a chance of making the Women’s Interstate Series Final at Royal Queensland Golf Club.

There’s also a mathematical chance of any team missing out on the final, making this afternoon’s fourth round even more crucial.

Queensland will feel the most comfortable about their future at today’s lunch beak, recording their their third win of the competition 4-1 over Western Australia to remain the only unbeaten side.

The loss makes the Western Australia’s task ever harder, with the team now reliant on other results with just one win from their three matches so far.

Victoria will be buzzing after their 5-0 whitewash of South Australia. After dropping a heartbreaker to WA in the opening round, the team has steadied by dropping only one individual match and winning nine over rounds two and three.

Victoria’s winning margin helped extend their for and against column, with an 11-4 record.

Tied with Victoria on two wins is NSW after they defeated Tasmania 4-1. With an 8-7 match record, NSW sit three individual matches back of the second placed Victorians, but they will have a chance to make that up when the two meet this afternoon.

Speaking moments after walking off the 18th green with a 2up win over WA’s Kathryn Norris, Kay said the excitement was building in the Queensland camp.

“My match today was really fun. Kathryn played really well and we had some good holes, but it was pretty tight all the way through,” said Kay.

“We’re pretty pumped. We have a really solid team all the way from one through six so I think we’re pretty confident, but also anything could happen as there’s some really good players here.”

Queensland face Victoria this afternoon and will lock in a finals spot with a half or better in that match.

“We’re really excited to take on Victoria,” said Kay.

“They’re a great side and we really enjoy playing against them. I’m sure it’ll be a lot of fun.”

 

PATH TO THE FINALS
QUEENSLAND (3-0, 12.5-2.5). To come - Victoria and Tasmania
VICTORIA (2-1, 11-4). To come – Queensland and NSW
NSW (2-1, 8-7). To come – South Australia and Victoria
WA (1-2, 5.5-9.5). To come – Tasmania and South Australia
TASMANIA (0.5-2.5, 4.5-10.5). To come – WA and Queensland
SOUTH AUSTRALIA (0.5-2.5, 3.5-11.5). To come – NSW and Queensland

For Queensland to make the finals…
A half or win against Victoria this afternoon will guarantee Queensland a finals berth. Queensland can still make the finals if they lose both of their coming matches with favourable results elsewhere, but the hosts will be sure to do everything they can to keep chances in their own hands.

For Victoria to make the finals…
Victoria will be under pressure this afternoon against Queensland with NSW facing the bottom placed South Australia. If Victoria can’t get the points against Queensland this afternoon it will likely set up a must-win encounter against NSW tomorrow morning.

For NSW to make the finals…
NSW may trail Victoria in the For & Against column, but they have arguably the easier draw from here. If Victoria fall to Queensland a big win against South Australia this afternoon it would see them overtake Victoria in points and possibly in matches For & Against. If they can manage that, it will mean they can afford to halve their final round contest against Victoria and still qualify.

For WA to make the finals…
WA have the easiest run home based on the standings, facing the 5th placed Tasmania this afternoon and the 6th placed South Australia tomorrow. If they can bank big victories there they have the best chance to qualify for the final if Victoria beat NSW tomorrow but also lose this afternoon to Queensland by a big margin.

For Tasmania or South Australia to make the finals…
Tasmania or SA can still get make the final but it would require;
1. Big wins in both of their matches
2. Big losses for Victoria and NSW in their matches this afternoon
3. Victoria and NSW to halve their final round match.

This would put SA or Tasmania on 2.5 points alongside Victoria and NSW, meaning the final spot will be decided on the For & Against record of those teams.

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