Queensland’s domination of the Australian Indoor Masters Championships came to a halt on Sunday, with New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland claiming titles
In the Women’s over 30’s division Queensland (127) overhauled New South Wales total of 112 to win their 13th title.
Player of the match was Queensland’s Renee Lee with Player of the Series honours going to Victoria’s Briony Polkinghorne.
Chasing their seventh straight title, Queensland’s over 30’s were rarely troubled as they accounted for New South Wales 116 to 68.
Player of the match was Queensland’s Brendan Kleidon with fellow Queenslander Shaun Vandermeer taking out Player of Series.
The Queensland over 35’s entered the Grand Final as favourites in the division they made their own capturing 17 of the last 20 titles.
A determined New South Wales outfit withstood a late Queensland comeback to win 107 to 86 and break a 21-year drought.
Gavin Maher of New South Wales was named Player of the Match with Tode Biracoski also of New South Wales Player of the Series.
Continuing the upsets, Victoria’s over 40’s Men completed a fairytale end of the week to come from fourth, after the preliminary rounds, to down the favoured Queensland.
Fielding first, the Victorian’s held the defending champions to just 48 before a disciplined effort with the bat carried them to 75 and the title.
Victorian players dominated the individual awards with Ray Cook named Player of the Grand Final and Peter Van Vegten Player of the Series.
In the Over 45’s division reigning champions New South Wales entered the final undefeated and hot favourites.
Despite Victoria’s gallant efforts, New South Wales running out comfortable winners 98 to 78.
New South Wales Stephen Ahern named Player of the Grand Final with team mate Mark Butler named Player of the Series.
Grand Final Results
Over 30’s Women:
Queensland 127 d New South Wales 112
Player of the match: Renee Lee (QLD)
Player of the series: Briony Polkinghorne (VIC)
Over 30’s Men:
Queensland 116 d New South Wales 68
Player of the match: Brendan Kleidon (QLD)
Player of the series: Shaun Vandermeer (QLD)
Over 35’s Men:
New South Wales 107 d Queensland 86
Player of the match: Gavin Maher (NSW)
Player of the series: Tode Biracoski (NSW)
Over 40’s Men:
Victoria 75 d Queensland 48
Player of the match: Ray Cook (VIC)
Player of the Series: Peter Van Vegten (VIC)
Over 45’s Men:
New South Wales 98 d Victoria 78
Player of the match: Stephen Ahern (NSW)
Player of the Series: Mark Butler (NSW)
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First Posted 05 June, 2012 4:30PM AEDT