Tasman on a march
Tasman were the talk of Dunedin's Balmacewen golf course yesterday after they secured a stunning 5-0 win over home team Otago on day two of the Toro men's interprovincial tournament.
Following their morning round bye, Tasman showed they had plenty of gas in the tank and certainly the resolve as they handed a weary Otago side their first loss of the tournament.
Otago had survived a tough morning match with Canterbury, eventually winning 3-2, and although up early in two of their afternoon matches, couldn't match the stronger finishing Tasman side. Tasman are now in third place in division two behind joint leaders Bay of Plenty and Otago and ahead of Canterbury on individual games.
Tasman manager Jeff Riordan said the result was up with some of their best performances of recent seasons and hopefully the spark they needed to now kick on in their remaining three matches in division two.
"There were quite a few in the crowd [but] we managed to quieten them down a bit after a while," said Riordan of Otago's home town supporters.
"We had a really good talk this morning and got really focused for the whole thing.
"They knew it was a must win for us really to get back into the competition. They performed really well."
Tasman No 1 Blair Riordan and No 3 Ryan Chisnall both fought back from early deficits to record two of the team's biggest wins.
One down to Brent McEwan after five, Riordan fought his way back to be square at the turn before piling on the pressure over the homeward nine to finish with a commanding 3 and 2 win.
Chisnall maintained his unbeaten record, recovering from 2 down after five to secure a 2 and 1 win over Samson Kim.
Jeff Riordan ended up caddying for Chisnall after the young No 3 struck early problems.
"He was struggling a little bit after four or five holes, he got a bit of a sciatic problem and I took his bag to try and build him back up.
"He played really well. I think he was three under at the end [and] he made four or five birdies from five through."
No 5 Nick Ludbrook is also unbeaten with two wins and a half after yesterday's 1 up win over Tony Giles.
"He had a really tight struggle with Tony Giles that went down the last and he managed to win the last hole.
"He won the last hole with a five foot par putt, so that was a good result for him. It was a tight match all the way."
No 2 Hamish Campbell had his first win with a 2 and 1 success over Michael Smith, with No 4 Glenn Drummond halving the final hole to complete a 1 up win over Brandon Hodgson.
"The good thing about it is we got five individual games out of today as well, so if it comes down to individual games on Friday afternoon, we're in a fairly good position compared to the other teams."
Tasman were due to play Poverty Bay East Coast in today's only round, Poverty Bay having comfortably beaten North Harbour 4-1 in yesterday's morning round before suffering a heavy 5-0 loss to Canterbury yesterday afternoon.
Round Three: Southland 4 Hawkes Bay 1, Manawatu-Wanganui 4 Auckland 1, Bay of Plenty 3 Northland 1 , Otago 3 Canterbury 2, Wellington 3 Aorangi 2, Poverty Bay EC 4 North Harbour 1.
Round Four: Tasman 5 Otago 0 (Blair Riordan bt Brent McEwan 3/2, Hamish Campbell bt Michael Smith 2/1, Ryan Chisnall bt Samson Kim 2/1, Glenn Drummond bt Brandon Hodgson 1up, Nick Ludbrook bt Tony Giles 1up), Wellington 3 Taranaki 2, Canterbury 3 Poverty Bay EC 1 , Southland 3 Waikato 1 , Auckland 3 Aorangi 2, Manawatu-Wanganui 3 Hawkes Bay 1 , Bay of Plenty 4 North Harbour 1.