Cornehls tip helps puts Qld on level terms

A PEP talk from new coach Bill Cornehls paid dividends for Queensland in their women's Test series against NSW at Soldiers Point yesterday.

The former Maitland City bowls manager, who has replaced former Novocastrian and new Scotland coach Robbie Dobbins, took his charges aside after they had lost the opening Test 67-48 yesterday morning.

"They had conceded too many multiples and I told them they needed to play smarter," Cornehls said.

They responded, overwhelming NSW 86-51 in the afternoon to square the three-Test series.

Raymond Terrace 19-year-old Natasha Van Eldik, who will become the youngest player to represent Australia at a Commonwealth Games in October when she skips the pairs in Delhi, played well for NSW in leading for Games triples skipper Julie Keegan.

"It just proves her versatility," Australian coach Rex Johnston said.

Keegan, who had Australian singles representative Kelsey Cottrell as her third, won both her matches. She defeated Tracy Foster 29-14 in the morning then downed Lynsey Armitage 24-21.

Armitage, who will lead for van Eldik in Delhi, was the only successful Queensland skipper in the first Test, beating Karen Murphy 17-15. Armitage partnered Murphy to a gold medal in the pairs at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

Australia's other Commonwealth Games representatives, Sharyn Renshaw and Claire Duke, had a mixed day, playing second and third respectively for NSW skipper Beth Quinlan. They beat Sue McKenzie 23-17 but in the afternoon they were no match for Foster, going down 37-12.

NSW lead 2-1 in the four-Test under-25 series which is being played in a super six series format. Both series conclude this morning.

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