Sydney Pennants hit the halfway mark

Division 1 of the Sydney Major Metropolitan Pennant series has produced some interesting results following the fourth round and with just two rounds remaining before the elimination series the heat will be on for a number of clubs come this Sunday.

Bonnie Doon in Pool 1 remain undefeated and are shaping up as the team to beat having a wonderful combination of talent, youth and experience.

Troy Moses Troy Moses (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Spearheaded by Troy Moses (pictured) who missed selection last week for the Interstate Series despite a strong history of interstate match play experience, Austin Bautista the current NSW Amateur champion, and underpinned with the experience of Greg Bell, ‘the Doon’ was pushed to the wire on Sunday in an away match by Bankstown with a 3½-3½ result.

Bonnie Doon will face a strong Liverpool lineup this week at home. On games and points Bonnie Doon with a win this week should see them take out the pool and go through to the semi-finals.

Pool 1 has Castle Hill leading St Michael’s following solid wins both away and at home over the defending Division 1 Pennant holders in close contests with the 4&3 home result on Sunday being secured with a number of matches going down the 18th.

Travis Smyth playing number 1 for St Michael’s turned the ledger over Daniel Gail with a 4&3 away win after Gale secured victory over Smyth the week earlier at St Michael’s. Castle Hill will play North Ryde this week and a win away should see them through with the benefit of having the reverse match at home.

Pool 3 has turned into the closest of all the pools with The Australian and Pymble fighting for the top position. Each have three wins and a loss and meet this weekend at The Australian. With the home course advantage The Australian will be looking to secure the win before returning to Pymble in the final round.

State representatives Kevin Yuan and Blake Windred head the Aussie lineup with the experienced Nick Crews always a threat playing in the lower order.

Pymble has always been a solid pennant club featuring regularly in the semi-finals series over the years. It’s also a team blended with youth and experience and a possible Crews and Craig Green match up, both seasoned stalwarts of Sydney Division 1 pennants, at number 6 or 7 will be worth following.

Pool 4 over the weekend saw an real upset with Ryde-Parramatta accounting for the hot favourite’s Concord, 5-2.

Concord still remains atop the pool ladder, yet Avondale have more matches and with the two clubs matched for the final two rounds, a win at home this weekend for Concord is a must if they are to take out the pool.