Durbanville beaten at last – but still favoured to lift the league title
THE men’s Premier League Flag title is up for grabs with three rounds to play.
Defending champions Durbanville’s unbeaten six-match sequence was ended when beaten 2-5 away to Edgemead, but this shouldn’t detract from them still being viewed as the team to beat.
Currently in third place on the 10-team log with 27 points, 2.5 points behind pace setters Constantia, they do have the easier passage in.
They play three of the weaker teams starting with Bergvliet (away), then Howard (home) before travelling to relegation-threatened Plumstead.
It provides three real chances for Durbanville to score maximum seven point hauls, something they haven’t been able to achieve through six rounds, with five five-pointers recorded in a row before the defeat to Edgemead.
Constantia, by contrast, have shown the importance of nailing down seven-point wins.
Despite the fact that they’ve lost three of six games, claiming full points in the other three sees them topping the table.
But the fact that they’ve lost to their two main rivals may be a sign that this won’t be the year for them. Next up for them is a home tie against unpredictable Edgemead before hitting the road to play Bergvliet and Howard respectively.
WPCC could well be the surprise package. Having won four of six games to date, today’s clash away to under-performing Atlantic Green Point is a must-win if they are to stay in the hunt. If, as expected, they nab five points or better, it would boost their chances as they head into two tough closing matches against Goodwood (home) and Edgemead (away).
Plumstead look set for a return to Division One after another miserable season. They have lost five of six ties with their sole win against neighbouring Bergvliet.
Atlantic Green Point, after a return to the top flight last season, in which they at one time threatened to finish in the top three, have lost the plot of late with four defeats on the trot after back-to back wins in the first two rounds.
Bellville and Howard are not safe either.
● The Wester n Province Masters singles tour nament runs its course at Atlantic Green Point tomorrow and Shaun Addinall looks set for title No 5. Unbeaten in his section after three games, the Protea star next plays Joel Roebert followed by Neels Kotze.
“It’s been a tough section so far,” said Addinall. “If I can get through my next two games with a win, I should make the finals.
“It would be nice to win the title and equal Neil Burkett’s record of five wins.” Tory Sabatti tops his section.