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Trans Tasman test series- Lockleys B.C, Adelaide-Debutants star for Australia
A commanding performance from three international debutants has provided Australia with the early ascendancy over New Zealand at the Junior Trans Tasman test series in Adelaide today (9/4).
Having relinquished the under-18 series for the first time 12 months ago, Australia unveiled a new look line-up in its bid to recapture the silverware including first gamers Scott de Jongh, Kristina Krstic and Renee McPharlin and they made the best possible start today with a 5-1 win alongside Dylan Fisher.
Any question of nerves was quickly erased during the morning session, with two contrasting victories in the pairs, before storming away with things during the singles rubbers to finish ahead with a whopping 60-shot margin.
In the under-25 series, the traditional foes split the honours, with Australia claiming the opening men's test on a count back, while New Zealand took the women's encounter, 3-1.
"It's been a pretty positive day," Australian coach Steve Glasson said.
"But we're not content with that, we want dominance.
"We want to see these players taking the next step and hopefully striving for higher honours...but all in all, it's been a good day."
Chasing a ninth consecutive victory in the under-25 men's series, today's test victory was bankrolled in the triples and fours with two strong wins.
The women's team will be hoping to bounce back tomorrow after surrendering both afternoon rubbers, despite boasting a 10-shot lead at the changeover.
Staged at the Lockleys Bowling Club in South Australia, the best-of-three test series will continue tomorrow before concluding on Monday.
Courtois Straight Through to the Semis
12. December 89
– Pauline Courtois leads after first day