‘Blues’ women lead the charge for Marj
When lunch was taken on day two of the Australian Sides Championships in Bendigo, there was one team that had a firm grip on the coveted Marj Morris Trophy for the victorious overall women’s team at this year’s event.
With all three rinks skipped by 2012 World Champions Kelsey Cottrell, Natasha Van Eldik and Karen Murphy, the position the New South Wales women find themselves in of being undefeated after the first three rounds is of little surprise to most.
Their three high scoring matches against Northern Territory in round one (94-30), Western Australia in the second round (81-40) and today’s win against South Australia 72-48 has them well placed to win the overall honours and retain the Marj Morris Trophy they won at Broadbeach last year.
In other women’s encounters, the Tasmanian girls were comprehensively beaten by the ACT women with all three rink suffering close losses 14-22 (skipped by Rebecca Quail), 16-21 (skipped by Carina Daly), and 14-17 skipped by Courtney Hobbs meaning Tasmania are yet to record an overall victory for a round.
The Victorian women suffered their first overall defeat for a round this afternoon when Queensland won only one rink (skipped by Tracy Foster) but recorded an overall 52-47 victory with the Carla Odgers versus the Lynsey Clarke and the Lisa Phillips versus Louise Witton skipped rinks proving victorious for the hosts.
The final round three women’s encounter saw an overall result win to Western Australia 56-35 over Northern Territory courtesy of a win across each of their three rinks with the largest margin of 10 belonging to the victory secured by the west’s Kathy Gobbart.
The second session of play and round four sees South Australia play the ACT, Western Australia pitted against Queensland, Northern Territory in battle against Victoria and New South Wales taking on Tasmania.