Pennant, Saturday

Round 5 Preview – Weekend Pennant

 Welcome to round 5.

Happy New Year and welcome to 2021.

12 months ago, no-one would have guessed the roller coaster ride that we were in for in 2020. The entire world was turned inside out and upside down, but you can read all about Covid-19 and the battles that were fought and won, fought and lost, and yet to be fought in many other places.

Covid-19 is our reality and we remind everyone to remember to Social Distance and follow all the other Covid safe protocols.

Here the battles are all about bowls and continuation of the Weekend Pennant season.

We hope that you have enjoyed a couple of weekends off, and are ready to play.

The forecast: Mostly Sunny with light winds and a forecast top of 27 degrees.

The first four rounds:

After 4 rounds there are 3 sides in the top 4 of their respective sections.

  • Side 1 sits in 2nd place
  • Sides 2 and 3 are in 3rd place
  • Sides 4 and 5 are in 6th place
  • Side 6 is in 8th spot
  • Side 7 is in 7th place

There are 10 rounds to go and for all the sides there are still 3 clubs that they are yet to face, and before we truly know where we all stand.

The journey to the finals restarts on Saturday, and it’s important to start the year off with a win.

Our Home Sides this week are:

Side 2. Moved into 3rd on the ladder after their win away against Beaumaris 2 in round 4. This week is a very different prospect as the twos meet up with old foe Dandenong Club 1. Dandy Club is undefeated so far this season but the 2’s will have a memory of being beaten in last season’s sectional semi-final and should use that memory as an extra incentive when they take on the ladder leaders at home this weekend.

Side 4. The Four’s sit in 6th on the ladder, and they take on 4th placed Sandringham 1. Sandringham have had an up and down season so far in 2020/21 with 2 wins and two losses. The 4’s have only managed to grab 1 win so far with a couple of close losses. There’s not much between these two sides and the Wickers will want to grab a home green win this weekend.

Side 6. The Sixer’s are still searching for their first win of the season and like the 2’s they come up against a side from Dandy Club this week. Dandy Club 3 had a monster win last round and the sixers really have their work cut out if they’re to claim their first win this weekend.

Side 7. The Seven’s stay in seventh spot on the ladder, and they meet up with their section’s “Bully Boys” Willow Lodge 1. This is a very tightly contested section with 5 sides on two wins and only 8 points separating Berwick 7 from 3rd spot on the ladder. Willow Lodge 1 is always a tough opponent, but they’ve been beaten once already this season, and there’s no reason that the 7’s can’t make it two.

Our Travelling Sides are:

Side 1. Head off to meet up with 6th placed Parkdale 1. The 1’s have won 3 matches so far, but there have been some close calls.  Parkdale have had two losses leading into the break, and they will be a stronger side on their home green. There are no easy matches in Division 1 and the 1’s have a couple of hum dinger’s coming up in the coming weeks. A win away this week is important to start the year off right.

Side 3. Sit in 3rd spot, and they take on an undefeated Dandenong Club 2 side. The 3’s has a solid win at home before Christmas and will look to consolidate when they travel to the big top and take on the ladder leaders on their home green. This is going to be a tough game and a win here will stand the 3’s in good stead for the rest of the season.

Side 5. Stayed in 6th spot after round 4. This weekend they travel up the hill to take on 7th placed Cockatoo 1. The Wickers had a draw in round four and will be looking to go one shot better (or more if they can) and get their 2nd win for the season. While there’s a long way to go for the fives to make finals this season, a win here will move them one step closer.

Go Wickers!