Western Australia will head into the final day of the men’s Interstate Series with one clear task – beat runaway leaders New South Wales.
The hosts will also need circumstances beyond their control to fall their way on Friday morning if they are to negotiate a path to the afternoon’s title decider, but did their hopes no harm with a 7-0 whitewash victory over Northern Territory today.
The result leaves the West Aussies third on the ladder and needing Victoria to slip up against a plucky Tasmanian outfit tomorrow morning.
Tasmania did produce a stirring win over South Australia today, to prove they are capable of an upset, but such permutations are not on the minds of the WA team who know finding a way to overcome New South Wales, who have a perfect record this week, will be the most significant hurdle.
“We’re just sticking to business and not worrying about other teams because that’s out of our control,” said Cooper Geddes, who was a part of the WA team that won the Boys’ Junior Interstate Series in New South Wales last month.
“Every single person on our team is looking to win their match, that’s all you can hope to do, and then hope for the best.”
After a mixed day yesterday, when an afternoon defeat to Queensland left WA’s hopes out of their own hands, the eight-man squad were able to sit back in the morning during their bye.
They returned to action in the afternoon with a bang as they steamrolled the Territory to at least put the first part of any recovery mission in place.
WA now have more match points than Victoria meaning that if they do finish level on points the hosts will slip ahead of them and into the final.
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“It was a perfect win against the Northern Territory boys for ask and we couldn’t have asked for any more,” Geddes added.
“We’re all in great form and I can’t see why we can’t beat New South Wales.
“The mood is great at the moment and it has been all week even after a loss. I can’t see why we can’t win tomorrow. Why not.”
Min Woo Lee maintained his perfect record this week when he claimed an emphatic 9&8 win over George Worrall while skipper Kiran Day bounced back to form with a 2&1 success against Jaryd Grant.
Teenager Geddes and Doull, who have both claimed their first points at senior Interstate level this week, were also winners along with Calum Juniper Ben Ferguson and Haydn Barron.