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Winning culture the goal

They are starting to gel as a team, now all the ACT women need to do is create a winning culture.

The ACT women narrowly lost to Newcastle 2-1 in a three-Test series held at Queanbeyan RSL last weekend.

After an easy win in the opening Test 91-63, the ACT ended up on the wrong side of a scrap, with the visitors claiming the second 82-78 before wrapping up the series with a last-end 79-78 win.

The ACT led the final Test by one shot going into the final end, but Barbara Winder's team then dropped two shots.

Making the loss even harder to take, the ACT led by 25 with about 20 ends to play.

In four years of trying, the ACT is yet to beat Newcastle.


Margaret Bacchetto, Winder, Michelle Turner and 16-year-old debutante Jaime Locke all starred for the home side, which Bowls ACT president Kevin Antoine said just needed to develop a killer instinct.

''The team is coming together much stronger than what they've been in the past - so they're starting to gel,'' he said. ''All we've got to do is have that winning culture introduced into the team.

''The last three series against Newcastle have been very close encounters, they could have won any one of those three.''

 Hunt for gong

The ACT men are hunting the Quadrangle trophy in Wollongong this weekend.

They play a three-Test, round-robin series against two Wollongong representative teams and one from Newcastle at Towradgi Point starting on Saturday.

It means the pre-season Aristocrat Challenge will miss a week after last Friday's first round. Yowani, Yass and Tuggeranong all started Aristocrat campaigns with wins, while Weston Creek and Queanbeyan drew 21-all.

The women's Club Challenge begins Friday, with Queanbeyan playing Belconnen, Weston Creek up against Canberra, and Yowani taking on Deakin, with all games at Belconnen.

 Pair end winless

Canberra duo Peter Fahey and Andrew Ashlin returned from the World Indoor Pairs Championships in England without the win they were looking for.

They split their opening two games 8-6, 5-7 and 6-4, 5-6 against teams from Canada and the USA respectively, before losing to Hong Kong 7-7 3-8, so they missed achieving their goal of making the main draw at the Potters Leisure Resort event.

The all-Scottish final sees Paul Foster and Alex Marshall up against Darren Burnett and Stewart Anderson on Monday.