Shot differential decides second women’s Trans Tasman test

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The Blackjacks women pose for a photo ahead of the second Trans Tasman test at Musgrave Hill Bowls Club.

The Blackjacks women have fallen just short of winning the second Trans Tasman test held in blustery conditions at the Musgrave Hill Bowls Club on the Gold Coast.

New Zealand and Australia have split the six women’s matches, with two wins a piece and two draws.

The women’s four had to settle for a 13-all draw in the final game of the day, which left shot differential to decide the test winner. Australia prevailed 96-93.

“It was a very tight battle in really quite difficult conditions,” women’s coach Sharon Sims said.

“Really fast green and really quite strong gusty winds.

“It came down to that last bowl and Australia just got there in the end.”

The women had a chance of winning the test and the series after Jo Edwards came from behind to beat Kelsey Cottrell 21-20 in her second singles match.

Edwards earlier drew 19-all with Chloe Stewart in the first session of the test, when the four went down 13-10.

New Zealand and Australia shared the matches in the second session with Katelyn Inch (skip), Val Smith and Selina Goddard winning the triples 17-7, while Jo Edwards (skip) and Tayla Bruce lost 24-13 in the pairs.

Sims, a veteran of well over 300 internationals for New Zealand, expected the test to go down to the wire and expects the third and now deciding test at Broadbeach will be no different.

“These Trans Tasman tests very often come down to differential.

“Every bowl counts so we’ll just have to go out there tomorrow and get that test.”

The New Zealand men have lost the Trans Tasman for another year.

Australia’s won the second test 5-1, after winning the first 4-2.

The reshuffled men’s four of Ali Forsyth (skip), Gary Lawson, Andrew Kelly and Chris Le Lievre got the day off to a strong start with a 17-10 win, but it was to be the open men’s only success.

Jamie Hill, who swapped disciplines with Andrew Kelly, lost both encounters with Aaron Wilson in the singles, losing the first 21-12 and the second 21-17, while Australia dominated the pairs and triples and won the fours rematch 13-12.

The women’s development and over-60s remain alive in their series, after both won their second tests 4-2.

The men’s development improved but still lost the second test 4-2, while the men’s over-60s lost 4 ½-1 ½ .

The Blackjacks, development sides and over-60s will be back in action tomorrow (Tuesday, November 26) in the third and final Trans Tasman test at Broadbeach Bowls Club.

Second Trans Tasman test results:

Open women: singles – Jo Edwards drew 19-all with Chloe Stewart, fours – Katelyn Inch (skip), Val Smith, Selina Goddard & Tayla Bruce lost 10-13 to Natasha Scott (skip), Bec Van Asch, Lynsey Clarke & Kelsey Cottrell, pairs – Jo Edwards (skip) & Tayla Bruce lost 13-14 to Kelsey Cottrell (skip) & Chloe Stewart, triples – Katelyn Inch (skip), Val Smith & Selina Goddard beat Bec Van Asch (skip), Natasha Scott & Lynsey Clarke 17-7, singles – Jo Edwards beat Kelsey Cottrell 21-20 and fours – Katelyn Inch (skip), Val Smith, Selina Goddard & Tayla Bruce drew 13-all with Natasha Scott (skip), Bec Van Asch, Chloe Stewart & Lynsey Clarke.
AUS won 3-3 (96-93 shot differential)

Open men: singles – Jamie Hill lost 12-21 to Aaron Wilson, fours – Ali Forsyth (skip), Gary Lawson, Andrew Kelly & Chris Le Lievre beat Aron Sherriff (skip), Aaron Teys, Corey Wedlock & Barrie Lester 17-10, pairs – Gary Lawson (skip) & Chris Le Lievre lost 7-21 to Aaron Wilson (skip) & Aaron Teys, triples – Ali Forsyth (skip), Andrew Kelly & Jamie Hill lost 11-29 to Aron Sherriff (skip), Corey Wedlock & Barrie Lester, singles – Jamie Hill lost 17-21 to Aaron Wilson and fours Ali Forsyth (skip), Gary Lawson, Andrew Kelly & Chris Le Lievre lost 12-13 Aron Sherriff (skip), Aaron Teys, Corey Wedlock & Barrie Lester. AUS won 5-1

Development women: NZ won 4-2

Development men: AUS won 4-2

Over-60s women: NZ won 4-2

Over-60s men: AUS won 4 ½-1 ½