Victorian Pennant Finals set for showdown
The Golf Victoria Pennant Finals will be played this Sunday across various venues in Melbourne with Commonwealth and Metropolitan contesting the Men’s Division 1 Final at Kingston Heath.
Commonwealth remains undefeated this season, finishing at the top of ladder with seven match wins to take the top spot from Metropolitan, whose only single loss was against Commonwealth in round seven with a narrow 4&3 loss.
Zach Murray (Credit: Anthony Powter)
The Commonwealth lineup includes Geoff Drakeford, Lucas Herbert, Zach Murray, Mathew Hinkley, Frazer Droop, Tom Couling and Gary Sluce.
Drakeford, Herbert and Murray were all members of the Victorian Men’s side that won a fortnight ago at the Australian Interstate Series in Canberra.
Commonwealth last won the Division 1 title in 2009 and is a club with a rich pennant history having secured the Division 1 flag title on eleven previous occasions. They should start Sunday’s final in the box seat, yet with match play anything is possible.
The sheer weight of their top-order with Drakeford, Herbert and Murray is certainly impressive, yet as history tends to show, pennant flags are often won from the bottom order up.
Metropolitan won the Division 2 Flag in 2010 to be promoted to Division 1 and boast a solid lineup of club players.
‘Metro’, as the club is commonly referred to, was playing in Division 4 in 2004 before winning that year to forge their way through to the top division via wins and solid results in recent years.
Todd Sinnott, who was also a member of the Victorian team, heads the Metropolitan lineup, a club that has won the Division 1 title on five previous occasions, the last in 1987.
Sinnott is supported by Lukas Michel, Blake Collyer, Ted Donoghue, Matt Robertson, Sean Smith and Doug Francis.
Six Men’s, five Women’s and six Colts Divisions make up the final series where club pride and the honour of hanging the prized division flag drive players in arguably the best inter-club competition in the nation.
Division 2 sees Sanctuary Lakes against Kingston Heath, with Royal Melbourne and Rosanna competing in Division 3.
Gisborne and Northern will battle Division 4 with Eastwood and Box Hill seeking honours in Division 5.
Division 6 has Chirnside Park against Settlers Run.
In the top order Women’s Pennant, defending flag holders Metropolitan will play Victoria at Kingston Heath, with Commonwealth the defending flag holders playing Victoria in the Colts top order.
In a reflection of the unique nature of this competition, last year’s and 2012 Division 1 Men’s champions, Yarra Yarra, have been relegated to Division 2 after a horror season that saw the club win just two matches for the season.