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Waikato face tough path to semifinals

IAN ANDERSON
Last updated 05:00 13/12/2012

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Waikato may have to knock over defending champions Auckland to make the semifinals of the national women's interprovincial amateur teams golf tournament in Dunedin.

Last year's beaten semifinalists scored their second win of the tournament in as many matches yesterday by seeing off lowly Aorangi 4-1 but then went down 3-2 to division one rivals Canterbury.

That left Waikato behind unbeaten Auckland and Canterbury, who have three wins from four matches. The top two teams from division one at the end of round-robin play tomorrow will contest the playoffs at St Clair on Saturday.

Waikato team manager Gina Scott admitted the side "didn't play well enough to win. We're going to have to go back to the basics and start doing the little things right again," Scott said.

Scott said the five-strong team got away with some lapses against Aorangi but was punished for its errors against the stronger Canterbury team.

Sarah Bradley, at No 2 in the playing order, and No 4 Fai Tongdethsri scored notable victories for Waikato against Canterbury but No 1 Hanna Seifert was unable to claw back a deficit against Sylvie Williams in the decisive encounter.

Waikato's win over Aorangi was clinched in convincing manner by the team's lower order.

Michelle Archer gave them the ideal start at No 5 with a 5 and 3 victory over Heather Oldfield, and Tongdethsri also scored a dominant 5 and 4 win over Nicole Natahan at No 4. Charlotte Wilson recorded a 2 and 1 victory over Ginny Bolderston and while Bradley went 1 down to Catherine Knight, Seifert triumphed 1 up over Catherine Bell in the battle of the No 1s.

Waikato will play Hawke's Bay this morning before facing hosts Otago in their round six clash in the afternoon, with Auckland scheduled for tomorrow.

"The reality is that this is a tough tournament," Scott said.

"We don't want to depend on other teams beating each other but some crazy results happen. We need to recoup and deal with our next two games before we even think about Friday."

AT A GLANCE

Rd 3: Waikato 4 beat Aorangi 1 – Hanna Seifert bt Catherine Bell 1 up, Sarah Bradley lost to Catherine Knight 1 down, Charlotte Willson bt Ginny Bolderston 2 and 1, Fai Tongdethsri bt Nicole Nathan 5 and 4, Michelle Archer bt Heather Oldfield 5 and 3. Rd 4: Waikato 2 lost to Canterbury 3 – Seifert lost to Sylvie Williams 3 and 1, Bradley bt Elisha Crosbie 4 and 2, Willson lost to Jess Guenzerodt 4 and 3, Tongdethsri bt Kate Turner 4 and 3, Arccher lost to Fiona Gebbie 5 and 4.

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