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Victoria claims Australia’s second interstate in three years
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Victoria claims Australia’s second interstate in three years

Victoria and Queensland met in the eight-match final on Wednesday afternoon, with the home state finishing the round robin matches as number 1 with 4.5 points, closely followed by Victoria with 4 points.

Led by a powerful men’s team including Asian-Pacific Amateur Champion Jasper Stubbs and Queensland PGA Champion Phoenix Campbell, the Victorians grabbed an early lead before the Queenslanders fought back.

Southport member Shyla Singh scored the first point of the final with a 2&1 win over Molly McLean and when Hannah Reeves saw off Seabil Leong 2&1, Queensland had a narrow 2-1 lead.

But Victorian Blue dominated the right side of the match-ups, with Abel Eduard (2&1 over Will Bowen), co-captain Connor McDade (3&1 over Harry Takis) and Amelia Harris (2&1 over Justice Bosio) all ending their matches on the 17th hole . .

While Lincoln took Morgan Campbell all the way to the 18th green before losing 1-down, it was already a dead rubber as both Stubbs (4&3 over Quinn Croker) and Roberts (3&2 over Sarah Hammett) had secured the points needed to win the to achieve victory.

The final score was 6-2 and was the perfect way for McDade to end his amateur career.

“I’ve never won an Interstate Series and I’ve heard how good it can be and what it means to people,” said McDade, who won all five games he played.

“This was my last event as an amateur, so to go undefeated and get the win, it’s just a great way to end my amateur career.”

McDade narrowly missed selection for the Victorian team that won two years ago and said that had been a motivating factor leading up to this week.

“It was difficult,” he admitted.

“I felt like I played well enough to be picked, but they put together a team that ended up winning, so I can’t fault that.

“Last year I was part of the team and it was quite painful not to be in the final and have a chance to win.

“I was really motivated today to go out there and try to get the job done and earn a trophy for it.”

McDade was in fact part of two winning teams as the Victorians also won the Men’s Interstate Teams Matches, decided at the end of the round robin matches.

The Queensland contingent of Singh, Reeves, Bosio, Hammett and Ionna Muir won the Women’s Interstate Teams Matches, providing some consolation after the disappointment of losing the final.

Playing in her second Interstate Teams competition and playing in the first match of the finals, it marked the end of a memorable week for Singh.

“This was my last event as an amateur, so to go undefeated and get the win, it’s just a great way to end my amateur career.” -Connor McDade.

“I definitely had home field advantage, so I tried to use that as best I could,” Singh said.

“And of course all the support from all the members who came to see me was great to see.

“I’m really proud of the rest of the team. All the work we put in and how we played this week. It didn’t go the way we wanted, but we still played pretty strong.

“It’s great to be able to win some kind of trophy.”

Roberts was the only player to play and win all six matches over the last three days. Harris finished with 5.5 points out of a possible six after halving her match against Tasmania’s Jorjah Bailey on Wednesday morning.

McDade, Campbell and Stubbs all recorded five points across the six games, while Singh, Reeves and Bowen were Queensland’s top performers, all finishing the week with 3.5 points each.

–Tony Webeck.

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