New South Wales win back-to-back Gladys Hay titles

BY | Australian Ladies Amateur Tour | 2004 Gladys Hay Memorial Cup Interstate Series | Wrap | 19 Sep 2004
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New South Wales made it back-to-back wins at the Gladys Hay Interstate Series, and their fifth victory in six years after defeating Victoria in the final day decider.

Needing simply to defeat Victoria to claim interstate series honours, New South Wales made the perfect start with comfortable victories in the two foursomes matches. Three singles wins from Sarah Kemp, Katy Jarochowicz and Nikki Garrett in the afternoon put the match beyond doubt, and gave New South Wales an overall 5 matches to 2 success. It was Victoria’s first loss for the championship, having squared their day four clash with Queensland.

Although unable to challenge for victory on the last day, Queensland’s win over South Australia drew them level with Victoria on both points and matches won over the week of competition. Coming off their first win for the event on day four, South Australia could only manage one point against the rampant Queensland side, who produced their best performance for the tournament, and thus left South Australia at the bottom of the standings.

For the second day straight, one of the three matches finished with an all square result. This time Western Australia and Tasmania could not be separated, which was appropriate considering both teams went into the match equal on points. On the basis of total matches won, Western Australia officially took fourth spot, but Tasmania would be far from disappointed about their fifth place finish, which included an opening day win against Queensland.

New South Wales have further reason to celebrate with Nikki Garrett awarded the Tiffany Player of the Series at the conclusion of the event. Garrett’s performance over the five days was exceptional, winning all five of the foursomes contests she was involved in (four with Marousa Polias and one with Janelle Smith), as well as four of the five singles matches played. It was a 90% success rate for Garrett, having played the maximum of ten rounds available to her.

At the conclusion of the round-robin competition, the final standings in the 2004 Gladys Hay Interstate Series were are follows:

New South Wales – 8 points (22.5 matches)
Victoria – 7 points (21 matches)
Queensland – 7 points (21 matches)
Western Australia – 3 points (18 matches)
Tasmania – 3 points (14 matches)
South Australia – 2 points (8.5 matches)

Source – WGA

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