Team Tasmania is watching the ruthless weather forecast for Friday's # IntSeries final – and hopes it will get worse.
The hosts played themselves in a great position on day two of the men's championship at Tasmania Golf Club today, rocking Queensland in the morning.
And with the completion of Northern Area 6-1 this afternoon, Tassie was left behind as one of only three undefeated teams after four rounds.
With the NT, Queensland and South Australia all mathematically eliminated, the chances of the home team playing in Friday's final dramatically pruned.
In addition to Tassie and the joint table top Victoria and New South Wales, Western Australia also remains firmly in the mix after having sent out South Australia this afternoon to enjoy a 2-1 record in fourth position. Remarkably, the four best classified teams already had a bye.
But the story remains Tasmania, which has won the Interstate crown three times, but not since 1977 – the only time it won on the mainland.
And the sense of faith around the team is almost tangible, supported by an exciting final hole win against the Queenslanders when former professional Craig Hancock Lawry Flynn calmly pushed for parochial support from the balcony of the Tasmania Golf Club.
"This morning really encouraged us … we've been very close to Queensland in recent years, so getting one when it was close by was absolutely fantastic," said home-course hero Andrew Phillips , who said the team went out to eat to beat the more populated northern states.
"Absolutely. And we are not the youngest team … about 40 Interstate Series between us, and that goes a long way.
"We know the place really (well). We play here a lot (and) all boys have come down (to practice here recently)."
Phillips said that the collision with title favorite NSW on Thursday morning would again be a great test, but that his teammates would leave again.
"Absolutely. We will try to start as we did this morning and if we can give NSW a shake, it certainly helps our confidence.
"The golf course doesn't play any easier than so far (this week), hopefully it changes during the week (with bad weather forecast).
"Everyone should go and support us and let it rain … bring your bucket hats, your rubber boots, everything."
Victoria literally quit the Queensland title dream when Aiden Didone, Kyle Michel, Blake Collyer and their teammates played a birdie-laden afternoon wave for a 4.5-2.5 win.
Western Australia did the same with South Australia, with Connor Fewkes, Hayden Hopewell and Josh Greer collectively breaking the SA middle order to seal a victory of 4-3, while NSW had the afternoon goodbye.