Indoor series ready to roll
THE inaugural Indoor Test Match series between Queensland and New South Wales starts on Tuesday at high noon at the Tweed Heads Bowls Club with 48 of Australia's best bowlers playing for the Wal Currey Memorial Trophy.
The annual men test series has been played 56 times between these two great bowling states since 1962 and Queensland hold a slight advantage with 30 wins to New South Wales' 26.
NSW won the trophy in 2008 after a winning streak of five years for Queensland but this year is the first ever a test series will be played indoors.
Lining up for both sides is a host of the top bowlers in Australia and certainly the best bowlers ever to have played on the on the Tweed Heads Indoor Carpet.
Skipper Steve Glasson heads the strong NSW contingent of 16 bowlers, with a record of nine Australian Indoor Singles titles from 1994 to 2005.
2008 Australian Indoor singles winner Leif Selby also is skipping a strong NSW rink.
On the Queensland side two time winner Kelvin Kerkow (2006 and 2007) and 2009 winner Anthony Kiepe head a very strong Queensland side.
Never before have four players, with 13 Australian Indoor Titles between them, played on the indoor green against each other albeit in a fours Test Match series
At the same time as the Open event takes place, both Queensland and New South Wales will contest an Under 25's Test Series with two rinks playing three tests over the two days.
The Test Series is expected to draw huge crowds, as the build up for the Maroons versus Blues battle for supremacy continues for the 57th time.
The Queensland line up is as follows: Paul Petersen, Darren Mullens, Sean Baker, Kelvin Kerkow (skip); Michael Brown, Andrew Paskins, Jason Grundon, Anthony Kiepe (Skip); Mark Munro, Anthony Fantini, Alex Murtagh, Nathan Rice (Skip); and Jamie Nordlof, Brent Cheyne, Brett Wilkie, Mark Casey (Skip).
The NSW line up is: Cy Threfall, Michael Anderson, Michael Cronin Shane Garvey (Skip; Mathew Pietersen, Brody Pitham, Aron Sherriff (Skip); Cory Daley, Jason Stokes, Terry Antram, Steve Glasson (Skip); and Mark Berghofer, John Green, Wayne Turley, Leif Selby (Skip).
The Queensland under-25 side is: Scott McLachlan, Damien Bartlett, Robert Wild, Aron Hewson (Skip); and Calum Brownie, Kurt Brown, Dale Jones, Ben Twist (Skip).
The NSW under-25 side is: Jesse Noronha, Matthew Baus, Carl Healey, Matthew Smith (Skip;) and Chris Green, Ben Morthorpe, Matthew Miles, Zeljko Trbara (Skip)
An online Test Match scoreboard will be updated during the series from the THBC web site for online viewers across Australia
The first test match starts at 12pm on Tuesday August 25 with the second test at 5.45pm and the third test at 9.45am on Wednesday.
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ROUND 2 of the Mens Gold Coast Pennant Division 1 season continues to produce surprising results with only four sides undefeated on four points, four sides on two points and four sides yet to register.
Musgrave Hill top the table followed by Broadbeach, South Tweed and Tugun.
Helensvale recovered from their first round loss to Broadbeach to win on all three rinks against Paradise point, finishing with a final score 66/45 and holding fifth position with a shots margin of zero - 104 shots for and 104 shots against.
However the anomaly of not using the rinks wins as the first countback when match wins are equal has already surfaced, with Mermaid Beach (6th) and Tweed Heads (7th).
Both are on two match points and both sides equal on -1 shot after two rounds.
Mermaid defeated Tweed Heads in Round 1 but lost on Saturday, whereas Tweed Heads won against Beenleigh.
Mermaid Beach has scored 112 shots for and 113 against.
Tweed Heads has scored 119 shots for and 120 against.
However the fact remains that Tweed Heads has won on four rinks as compared to Mermaid Beach's two rink wins.
There lies the problem; the side that wins on three rinks by 10 shots is no better off than a side that wins on only 1 rink with 10 shots up.
For years pennant has been played and still is around Australia, where winning the match by more shots is paramount but winning more rinks than your opponents should be the first count back when match wins are equal.
If this system is good enough for Premier leagues in all states, why not here on the Gold Coast like it used to be.
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