Over 60s National Championships – Day 4 Report
Victorian Men On Top of the World in Tasmania After Final Round of the Over 60’s National Championships
The curtain came down this afternoon on the Over 60’s National Championships staged at North Launceston BC, Tasmania.
In Rd 6 there was plenty on the line for both the Victorian Men’s and Women’s teams as they entered the final two rounds of competition in realistic positions to feature for medals.
The first opponent for the teams was Queensland and the situation was simple, get the overall result in both games and as many rink wins as possible as these count before shots in deciding the outcome if teams are equal on match points.
With that in mind the Vic Men went about their quest by applying constant pressure on the Queenslanders and they had a resounding 73-42 win with all rinks getting up. All good there, with the first part of the equation going to plan and by claiming all rinks they moved to top spot on the ladder one rink win clear of NSW. Unfortunately the Vic Women suffered their third loss of the series and went down to the previously unbeaten Queensland Women 46-48 with only one of the rinks winning and one scoring a tie. The women’s’ challenge was now well and truly over, but they did fight it out gallantly until the very end of the match to frighten the life out of their opponents who were now in an unassailable position with six wins from six starts.
All eyes now focussed on the men as they had to finish off their championship challenge against the Northern Territory who are always dangerous in these situations. To their credit, the Victorian Men took a stranglehold on the match early and didn’t relent for one second and they ran out 80-38 winners to secure the title of Over 60’s National Champions for 2015.
In a case of too much, too little, too late the women were able to claim a last round win over the Northern Territory 74-67 to finish the event with four wins from seven matches, but they must be kicking themselves in respect of lost opportunities during the championship.
State President John Fisher is delighted with the win and the entire team are going to celebrate tonight. The side picked for this series has been totally committed to bring the cup home and they are all talking about a defence of the tile in 2016.
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