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Bowls Australia-Trans Tasman test series- Lockleys B.C, Adelaide
Aussies eye clean sweep
Australia's bid for a clean sweep of the under-18 and under-25 Trans Tasman trophies remains a reality ahead of tomorrow's (11/4) third and final test matches against New Zealand in Adelaide.
With the host nation already assured of triumphing in the under-18 series following a merciless performance today, the under-25 men's and women's competitions will go down to the wire after enduring contrasting fortunes at the Lockleys Bowling Club.
Despite horrendous conditions delaying the start of play, a ruthless Australian line-up recaptured the Junior Trans Tasman trophy with a test to spare after producing yet another clinical display against the Kiwis.
For a successive occasion, Australia was on the right side of a 5-1 result and will attempt to whitewash the Kiwis after they snapped an eight series winning streak dating back to the competition's inception in 2002 in Auckland last year.
"I'm proud of the way we played today," Australian coach Steve Glasson said.
"It all goes on the line tomorrow. The women's team fought back extremely well and the men can count themselves a little unlucky.
"They've got everything to play for tomorrow, so hopefully it goes our way."
Having dropped the opening test match, Australia's under-25 women's team could ill afford a second loss and hit back hard with a 3-1 result to level the series at 1-1.
Leading the charge was reigning under-25 world champion Sam Shannahan, who proved too slick for Clare McCaul, while the fours' line-up of Sarah Boddington, Morgan Solman-Stewart, Carla Odgers and Bec Quail outpointed Amy Brenton, Angela Boyd, Gemma Collett and Mandy Boyd.
The news was better for the Kiwis in the men's series, however, as they secured the second test 3-1.
With Australia boasting a seven-shot lead at the lunch break, the Kiwis claimed both afternoon rubbers in the pairs and triples to keep the series alive.
The third and final test matches will be staged at the Lockleys Bowling Club in South Australia from 9am tomorrow.