Sides 2019: NSW complete clean sweep

by Domenic Favata

A rampant New South Wales (NSW) has completed a clean sweep of the 2019 Australian Sides Championships, taking out both the Men’s Alley Shield and Women’s Marj Morris Trophy without tasting defeat along the way.

The Blues, defending Overall Champions, romped to seven wins apiece from as many matches over the four days, dropping just 2.5 (Women) and 5.5 (Men) rink points along the way to another overall victory.

For the Karen Murphy, Kelsey Cottrell and Natasha Scott-skipped Women, it was there seventh Marj Morris Trophy from the past ten Sides championships, while for the Men, it’s their first victory since 2015.

Elsewhere, Queensland collected outright second-place in both fields, while South Australia and Western Australia finished third in the Men’s and Women’s respectively.

Topping the overall skip ladders were Karen Murphy (NSW) and Brett Wilkie’s (QLD) rink, with the latter only thrust into the skip position following the late withdrawal of Nathan Rice.

Alley Shield:

1 – NSW

2 – Queensland

3 – South Australia

Marj Morris Trophy:

1 – NSW

2 – Queensland

3 – Western Australia

Overall Champions:

NSW