Western Australia’s women produced the feelgood story of May’s Interstate Series on home soil as their youthful squad almost claimed an unexpected place in the final.

Five of the six-member squad had competed at the Junior Interstate Series a month earlier – when they finished fifth – but defied expectation at Royal Fremantle with a third-placed finish highlighted by defeating defending champions Queensland on the opening day.

The men endured a mixed week at Melville Glades where a fourth-placed finish fell below the expectation of captain Kiran Day’s team.

A first-up defeat to Victoria, when they had been in control, left them with little room for error for the remainder of the week and further defeats to Queensland and New South Wales meant the state’s 18-year wait to end their title drought would continue on.

Victoria claimed a double for the week as their women’s team went through the tournament unbeaten to claim the title by beating New South Wales in the final. The Vic men’s team, led by Zach Murray, upset New South Wales in the final after the Blues had won all of their round-robin matches.

MEN’S REVIEW – INTERVIEW WITH KIRAN DAY

Fixtures & Scores: Men’s Interstate Team’s matches

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WOMEN’S REVIEW – INTERVIEW WITH  GEORGIA SHEARS

Fixtures & scores: Women’s Interstate Team’s matches

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MEDIA

May 12: Fine margins cost WA on home soil

May 11: Captain Shears proud of young WA squad

May 11: Leaders NSW stand in way of WA’s path to final

May 10: West Aussie eye surprise place in final

May 10: Mixed day leaves WA men with tough task

May 9: West Aussie women stun champions on opening day

May 9: Doull makes most of late call-up

May 4: Rumford recalls miracle 1999 Interstate success

April 27: Record-breaking Norris beats the boys to win title

April 13: WA boys win Interstate Series

April 1: Lee relishes chance against professionals

March 31: Amateurs prove their quality in tight defeat

March 30: Rumford: Pros v Amateurs clash could lead to Interstate glory

March 21: WA squads announced for Interstate Series on home soil

March 13: Pros v Amateur: Rumford headlines the return of an old WA rivalry

March 7: WA Junior State Team announced

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