Blackjacks men swept in deciding Trans Tasman test

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The New Zealand women’s pairs combination of Jo Edwards and Selina Smith in discussion during the third Trans Tasman test at Tweed Heads Bowls Club in New South Wales

The Trans Tasman trophy is remaining in Australia for another year after the Jackaroos convincingly beat the Blackjacks in the third and final test at Tweed Heads Bowls Club in New South Wales.

The series crossed the Queensland border and moved indoors for the finale as wet weather on the Gold Coast made it unplayable at Broadbeach Bowls Club.

And the hosts appeared to enjoy the change of surface. Australia won all six matches in the deciding men’s test, while their women won four out of six to complete a series sweep.

The New Zealand men had taken a big step towards lifting the Trans Tasman trophy for the first time in 11 years by winning the first test at Club Helensvale in commanding fashion.

But the Jackaroos managed to level the series at Musgrave Hill by winning the final two matches of the second test and they continued that momentum today.

They started the series decider with impressive 20-14 and 24-9 victories in the pairs and triples respectively and then clinched the men’s Trans Tasman with hard-fought 21-20 and 11-10 wins in the singles and fours.

Not content, Australia then won the pairs and triples again (20-11 & 21-19 respectively) to complete a 6-nil sweep of the deciding test and win the series 2-1.

The Blackjacks women were looking to salvage something from their series after two agonising shot differential defeats in the first two tests.

The first two sessions were split, with New Zealand winning the pairs 20-14 and the singles 21-17, but losing the triples 14-10 and fours 19-13.

With the two sides also level on shot differential it set up an intriguing final session. Australia edged ahead with a tense 16-15 victory in the pairs before sealing the series sweep with an equally nail-biting 15-14 win in the triples.

The Trans Tasman test series marks the end of the selection window for this year’s World Championships. Bowls New Zealand will soon announce the Blackjacks squad for the tournament, which starts in late May on the Gold Coast.

Third Trans Tasman test results:

Open women: pairs Jo Edwards (skip) & Selina Smith beat Kelsey Cottrell( skip) & Lynsey Clarke 20-14, triples – Katelyn Inch (skip), Val Smith & Wendy Jensen lost 10-14 to Rebecca Van Asch (skip), Natasha Scott & Ellen Ryan , singles –  Jo Edwards beat Kelsey Cottrell 21-17, fours – Katelyn Inch (skip), Val Smith, Selina Goddard & Wendy Jensen lost 13-19 to Natasha Scott (skip), Rebecca Van Asch, Lynsey Clarke & Ellen Ryan, pairs – Jo Edwards (skip) & Selina Smith lost 15-16 to Rebecca Van Asch (skip) & Lynsey Clarke and triples –  Katelyn Inch (skip), Val Smith & Wendy Jensen lost 14-15 to Natasha Scott (skip), Kelsey Cottrell & Ellen Ryan. Australia won 4-2 to win the women’s Trans Tasman 3-0

Open men: pairs – Gary Lawson (skip) & Shannon McIlroy lost 14-20 to Aaron Wilson (skip) & Corey Wedlock, triples – Ali Forsyth (skip), Mike Kernaghan & Chris Le Lievre lost 9-24 to Aron Sherriff (skip) Aaron Teys, & Wayne Ruediger, singles – Shannon McIlroy lost 20-21 to Aaron Wilson, fours – Ali Forsyth (skip), Gary Lawson, Mike Kernaghan & Chris Le Lievre lost 10-11 to Aron Sherriff (skip) , Corey Wedlock, Aaron Teys & Wayne Ruediger, pairs – Gary Lawson (skip) & Shannon McIlroy lost 11-20 to Aaron Wilson (skip) & Corey Wedlock and triples – Ali Forsyth (skip), Mike Kernaghan and Chris Le Lievre lost 19-21 to Aron Sherriff (skip), Aaron Teys & Wayne Ruediger. Australia won 6-0 to win the men’s Trans Tasman 2-1