Illawarra (Zone 16) is the 2020 Inter-Zone Sides Champions after winning the final over Sydney Central & Southern (Zone 13) at Grandviews today (15 March).
In doing so, Illawarra completed a rare double, winning the Inter-Zone and Senior Inter-Zone Sides Championships in the one year. Illawarra is one of only 2 Zones to have achieved the feat, having last captured the double in 2010. Sydney South West is the other to have achieved the double, in 2016.
Sydney Central & Southern started the final in fine form, edging ahead of the Illawarra side in the opening ends. Illawarra then claimed quick-fire counts of 6, 3 and 1 across the green to shift the momentum and gain the lead.
The Metropolitan Zone fought back several times, but each time Illawarra countered before moving to edging ahead in closing stages to hold an unassailable 70-53 lead after 61 ends.
Sydney Central & Southern started the day in magnificent form, dominating the scoring in the semi-final over Sydney Northern (Zone 9) 74-29.
Illawarra faced a tougher battle against Hunter (Zone 6). Illawarra edged ahead towards the end of the match before Hunter clawed their way back. Illawarra then managed to reduce the count on the final end to hold on for a 58-55 victory.
2020 Inter-Zone Runners-UP
Sydney Central & Southern