Eyes on the prize at Sydney Pennants Semi-finals
Club golf this weekend in Sydney will see all eyes focussed on the semi-finals and relegation contests of the Major Metropolitan Men’s Pennant series which are being contested across various venues.
Division 1 again has seen the power-house of club golf rise to the top with last year’s finalist Mona Vale and Bonnie Doon again featuring in the finals series.
Nick Crews (Credit: Anthony Powter)
Mona Vale, who last year defeated the ‘Doon’ 4&3 in a nail-biting final to secure its first Division 1 Pennant Flag in the Club’s 103-year history, will play St Michael’s in the first semi-final at Riverside Oaks this Sunday.
Mona Vale has an experienced line-up with Adam Batty, Andy Hugill and Alex Munro, all tough and gritty competitors at this level and members of last year’s winning team featuring in their line-up.
St Michael’s will be eager to clinch another Division 1 flag after being victorious in 2010, 2012 and 2013 and will take some stopping with Travis Smyth, the recent winner of the Riversdale Cup, leading the Club’s line-up with the support of Jake Baker, Tim Hyland, Daniel Kolar and Zach Mullins.
The second semi-final has Bonnie Doon against The Australian.
The ‘Doon’ has a well established line-up, including seasoned veteran pennant player Greg Bell, who is supported by Troy Moses, Mitchell Gannon and Austin Bautista.
Bonnie Doon will take some stopping in these series and is a club looking to make amends for last year’s loss to Mona Vale.
The Doon’s line-up is solid from top-to-bottom and will present a formidable force for The Australian, a club which is showcasing a relatively new line-up after embarking on a concerted recruitment campaign to pilfer a number of new ‘imports’ to increase its chances of featuring in this series.
Division 2 has Oatlands against Liverpool, with Ryde-Parramatta against Pennant Hills. Division 3 sees former Division 1 flag holders Killara against Rosay and Cumberland playing Macquarie Links.
Division 4 has Glenmore Heritage against Roseville and Penrith against Eastlake. Division 5 has Bardwell Valley against Cammeray and Riverside Oaks against Bondi.
In the relegation series, Royal Sydney will try and save its Division 2 standing as it battles Winsor with Pymble, The Lakes, Long Reef and Monash doing battle to remain in Division 1.