Team Tasmania is looking at the brutal weather forecast for Friday’s #IntSeries final – and hoping it gets even worse.
The hosts played themselves into a tremendous position on day two of the men’s championship at Tasmania Golf Club today, rocking fancied Queensland in the morning.
And in trouncing the Northern Territory 6-1 this afternoon, Tassie was left as one of only three unbeaten teams after four rounds.
With the NT, Queensland and South Australia all mathematically eliminated, the odds of the home team playing in Friday’s final have trimmed dramatically.
Alongside Tassie and the joint table-topping Victoria and New South Wales, Western Australia remains firmly in the mix, too, having dispatched South Australia this afternoon to enjoy a 2-1 record in fourth position. Remarkably, the four top-ranked teams have already had their byes.
But the story remains Tasmania, which has won the Interstate crown three times, but not since 1977 – the only time it has won on the mainland.
And the sense of belief around the team is almost tangible, bolstered by a thrilling last-hole win against the Queenslanders when former professional Craig Hancock calmly edged out Lawry Flynn in front of parochial support from the Tasmania Golf Club balcony.
“This morning really spurred us on … we’ve been very close against Queensland the past few years, so to get one over them when it’s close was absolutely fantastic,” said home-course hero Andrew Phillips, who said the team was dining out on beating the more populous northern states.
“Absolutely. And we’re not the youngest team … about 40 Interstate Series between us, and that goes a long way.
“We know the place really (well). We play here a lot (and) all the guys have been coming down (to practice here recently).”
Phillips said the Thursday morning clash with title favourite NSW would be another great test, but that his teammates would be raring to go again.
“Absolutely. We’ll try to start like we did this morning and if we can give NSW a shake, it will only help our confidence for sure.
“The golf course doesn’t play any easier than it has so far (this week), hopefully it changes during the week (with bad weather forecast).
“Everyone should get out here and support us and get it raining … bring your bucket hats, your gumboots, everything.”
Victoria officially snuffed out Queensland’s title dream when Aiden Didone, Kyle Michel, Blake Collyer and their teammates played some birdie-laden afternoon golf for a 4.5-2.5 victory.
Western Australia did likewise to South Australia, with Connor Fewkes, Hayden Hopewell and Josh Greer collectively breaking the SA middle-order to seal a 4-3 win, while NSW had the afternoon bye.