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2016 MATCH REPORT

The Australian team arrived in New Zealand keen to reclaim the Sanctuary Cove Trophy that had been won and held by the New Zealand team for six of the nine years the event has been played. This year the annual competition was played at the beautiful Royal Wellington Golf Club in New Zealand. As is traditional the competition started with the morning foursomes - six pairs representing each country. In a very convincing display the strong Kiwi team got off to a great start and won five of the six matches to take a commanding 5-1 lead into the afternoon Fourballs.

Australia knew they had to lift and they did with a much improved team performance in the afternoon Fourball matches. The result was a three match tie and this meant three points went to each team. The Kiwis now led the Aussies 8-4.

A highlight for Australia on the opening day was the team of David Limbach and John Banting being undefeated after two victories, each in a nail biting finish. Limbach in particular, was in outstanding form during day one.

Day two would see twelve singles matches and the Australians fully understood that there was a big challenge ahead.

It was especially important for the Aussies to start well with early points and that was exactly what the leading players achieved with four and a half points from the first five games. The early winners included Mark Pearson, Steve Toyne, Barry Tippett and Lester Peterson. Stefan Albinski finished square in his match against Kiwi veteran Rodney Barltrop. Perhaps an upset was on the cards?

As could be expected it was then that the Kiwis dug deep and they won the next three matches. The losing Australians were John banting and David Limbach who could not find their day one form and Gordon Claney who lost an exciting match at the final hole. Claney had fought back from 5 down.

The New Zealand team were now in a comfortable position with Australia needing to win all the remaining games. Not impossible but certainly a difficult task.

Wins to Peter Hannah and Greg Rhodes plus a squared match by Ian Frost meant they went close with two and a half points from the four games, At at the conclusion of Singles play it was seven points to the Australians and five to the New Zealanders.

When their five singles points were added to their eight points from day one the Kiwis had hung on to squeeze home by 13 games to 11. This was the same score as 2015. Again a very close competition with the Kiwis winning by holing a few more of the all important clutch putts over the final holes. Matchplay is mainly about avoiding trouble off the tee and holing the vital putts and the New Zealand team once again proved to be just a little too good.

Results of the all the matches below:

Australia vs New Zealand Foursomes
Australia Result New Zealand Result
1 John Banting & David Limbach 1up Tony Treen & John Batley -
2 Steve Toyne & Peter Hannah - Michael Barltrop & Brent Paterson 3&2
3 Stefan Albinski & Mark Pearson - Rodney Barltrop & Frank Borren 3&2
4 Ian Frost & Barry Tippett - John Sanders & Arthur Parkin 3&2
5 Lester Peterson & Ian McPherson - Murray Martin & Martin Webber 1up
6 Greg Rhodes & Gordon Claney - Reg Fleet & Andrew McKechnie 2&1
1 5
Australia vs New Zealand Fourballs
Australia Result New Zealand Result
1 John Banting & David Limbach 1up Michael Barltrop & Brent Paterson -
2 Steve Toyne & Peter Hannah - John Batley & Tony Treen 5&4
3 Stefan Albinski & Mark Pearson - Martin Webber & Frank Borren 5&4
4 Ian Frost & Barry Tippett - Andrew McKechnie & Arthur Parkin 3&2
5 Lester Peterson & Ian McPherson 2&1 Rodney Barltrop & John Sanders -
6 Greg Rhodes & Gordon Claney 1up Reg Fleet & Murray Martin -
3 3
Australia vs New Zealand Singles
Australia Result New Zealand Result
1. Mark Pearson 3&2 John Batley
2. Steve Toyne 2&1 Tony Treen
3. Stefan Albinski Sq Rodney Barltrop Sq
4. Barry Tippett 3&2 Arthur Parkin
5. Lester Peterson 2&1 Reg Fleet
6. David Limbach John Sanders 6&5
7. Gordon Claney Michael Barltrop 1up
8. John Banting Martin Webber 5&4
9. Peter Hannah 1up Murray Martin
10. Ian McPherson Frank Borren 4&3
11. Greg Rhodes 1up Andrew McKechnie
12. Ian Frost Sq Brent Patterson Sq
7 5
AUSTRALIA 11 NEW ZEALAND 13
The next match is in 2017 and will be hosted by the Australians at Sanctuary Cove Golf Club in Queensland.

2016 Australian Team

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2016 New Zealand Team

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