Pennant, Saturday

Weekend Pennant – Round 6 Wrap

Another fantastic result over the weekend with 6 out of 8 wins!!! As we head off on the Christmas Break our sides are in great positions to capitalise on the first 6 rounds when we re commence on 15th January.

SIDE 1 – def Upwey-Tecoma 1 – 97-52

After the loss last week it was important the 1’s bounced back this week. Ethan Mill’s rink had a tough day last week but bounced back hard to set the side win up with his rink scoring a 26-5 win. The side had a big lead at the break and the only real concern was the ability for Upwey to get back into the game on some rinks. So there’s still plenty of room for improvement here, and if we see that happen there’s some real expectation on what the 1’s can achieve this season.

SIDE 2 – def Cranbourne 1 – 77-71

With Cranbourne well entrenched in the top 4 it was a real crunch game for the 2’s at home this week. The rink of Azzopardi, Wastell, Garner and Cantwell were the difference with the 2’s taking 2 rinks and 14 points to see them jump into the top 4. Like we said last week, it’s hard to cover big losing margins on individual rinks and the 2’s fought hard all day to keep things close and give themselves every chance. It proved they are capable against any of the sides in their section.

SIDE 3 – loss to Chelsea 1 – 69 – 80

With 2 close rink scores and a great win on the rink of Ken Graeber the 3’s fell short seeing another big loss on one rink. Like we keep saying, they’re too hard to cover,  and sometimes it just gets away from you on the day. Despite the loss, the 3s stay on top of the ladder and with some possible inclusions coming back into selection in the new year it should only see them grow stronger and hopefully continue on their journey to finals.

SIDE 4 – def Mulgrave 3 – 85 – 57

This was a must win with the 4’s likely to drop out of the top 4 if a loss was received but they didn’t disappoint on Saturday. They won three of the four rinks in a very dominant display particularly highlighted by the rink win of Ron Wheeldon, Paul Brown, in form Bruce Shearer and skip Rob McGrath getting up 24 – 8. A big win 1st up in the new year can see the 4’s settle in the top 4.

SIDE 5 – loss to Mulgrave 4 – 67 – 84

The poor old 5’s just can’t get over the line yet this year. They continue to stay positive albeit with many changes each week due to unavailability. This is making it hard to settle combinations and grab a sought after win. Let’s hope the new year sees some more inclusions and less unavailability and this will help strengthen and settle the 5’s for the opportunity to get some wins on the board. Great effort by John Keleverlaan’s rink who had a great win to take the 2 points.

SIDE 6 – def Dandenong Club – 91 – 62

Who’s going to stop the 6’s. This was a bit of a danger game with 2 top 4 sides and away at Dandy Club but huge wins again from Skips Pat Steere and Vaughn Smith’s rinks set the day up for a comprehensive win overall. They’ve taken all before them so far, and we will see where they sit at the half way mark, but this could be our dominant side out of the 8 this year and the smiles and morale amongst this lot is exciting.

SIDE 7 – def CARRUM 2 – 87 – 48

Our clubs 7th side has completely crushed Carrum’s 2nd side on Saturday winning all 3 rinks and powering into top spot at the break. Whether they are playing at home or away the 7’s are dominating other sides and now that they are on top it’s important they keep the winning edge on a couple of the sides in the top 4. Finals are begging here and who knows where these guys will finish and what they may produce.

SIDE 8 – def MURRUMBEENA 2 – 72 – 50

Another side sitting on top of the ladder who keep on winning. All three rinks highlighted by the rink win of Rod Pearson, Margaret Powick, Martin Grindley and Graham Rushton who has got the new arm working well. Keep up the good work 8’s.

While we have the opportunity we would like to thank the selectors ans members for such positive commitment and effort for the start of the year. It’s great to see the morale and happiness around the club and everyone getting opportunities to put their best foot forward for the club.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all and we look forward a great 2022.