AUSSIES PIPPED AT THE POST IN TRANS TASMAN TROPHY
Needing to win all four afternoon rubbers to pull off a remarkable comeback, the Australians fell just short, handing the coveted crown to the Kiwis on games won (13-11) after the overall series was tied 3-3. While the men's team retained their title, coming back from a test down in the best-of-three series to edge out their arch nemesis, the Black Jacks also clinched the women's competition despite losing today's final test. "There's lots of positives to take out (of this series)," Australian coach Steve Glasson said.
"We've experimented with new combinations, so it's a great stepping stone to what's leading up to the future."We've basically been beaten by one game...and there were a lot of narrow losses." In the women's competition, world number six Kelsey Cottrell claimed a 21-9 victory in the singles, but with Australia chasing a result in the pairs, they were narrowly beaten.The new-look triples combination of Natasha Van Eldik, Sharyn Renshaw and Julie Keegan sewed up the test, however, with a 20-12 triumph over Genevieve Baildon, Jan Shirley and Jan Khan.
Trans Tasman test three results
Women's singles: Kelsey Cottrell (above) (AUST) bt Jan Khan (NZ) 21-8
Women's pairs: Kelsey Cottrell and Lynsey Armitage (AUST) lt Val Smith and Jo Edwards (NZ) 12-18
Women's triples: Natasha Van Eldik, Sharyn Renshaw and Julie Keegan (AUST) bt Genevieve Baildon, Jan Shirley and Jan Khan (NZ) 20-12
Women's fours: Sharyn Renshaw, Natasha Van Eldik, Lynsey Armitage and Julie Keegan (AUST) lt Genevieve Baildon, Jan Shirley, Val Smith and Jo Edwards (NZ) 11-13
Series result: New Zealand claims the women's title 2-1
Series result: New Zealand claims the overall Trans Tasman Trophy 3-3 (13-11) than double the number than was achieved at the Women’s EHF EURO 2008. This strongncrease in interest resulted from various enhancements to the platform including live streaming of all 47 matches, which attracted more than 160,000 unique visitors and over 147,000 hours of access to the live and on-demand service, and a brand new feature – EHF EURO WebTV – with daily video reports and news from the championship. The Women’ sEHF EURO 2010 had its own dedicated Facebook page, providing another channel for fans tofollow the action from Norway and Denmark.
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