Maties may have too much in their ar­se­nal for hosts Langa

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE - AL­LAN ISAACS

LANGA will host Maties in the early game to­day at 1.30pm.

Langa have not tasted vic­tory since the sec­ond round of the sea­son.

The early ex­changes pro­vided such hope for the com­mu­nity based team; un­for­tu­nately seem des­tined to be in­volved in an almighty rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle with Pinelands.

They have another tough fix­ture against a resur­gent Cen­tral next week­end.

Maties have only lost to Cen­tral and drawn three games. They were crowned USSA cham­pi­ons dur­ing July and should have too many guns in their ar­se­nal.

The league will then split into the top four teams and the bot­tom four with each team hav­ing to play three fi­nal games over three con­sec­u­tive week­ends to de­cide the league win­ners and who gets rel­e­gated.

The top four don’t carry their points which ef­fec­tively means that they will play three fi­nals in in row. Any one of the four can win the league.

WPCC have been the form team in the mens’s di­vi­sion and have as­serted them­selves at the top of the ta­ble re­main­ing un­beaten in the cam­paign.

It would seem un­fair to the log lead­ers in both men’s and women’s di­vi­sions, but it does add a lot of edge to the last three games.

In the Women’s Grand Chal­lenge, Som­er­set West travel to Stel­len­bosch to face the un­beaten Maties Ladies firsts at the Stel­len­bosch Astro at 7.00pm.

Their last three en­coun­ters have all ended in draws. Som­er­set are the only team that Maties have been un­able to dom­i­nate and will be at full-strength for this derby. MENS GRAND CHAL­LENGE To­day: Langa v Maties, Vics v Cen­tral, Pinelands v Fish Hoek, UCT v WPCC. Tomorrow: Fish Hoek v Vics, Maties v Pinelands, UCT v Cen­tral. LADIES GRAND CHAL­LENGE To­day: Pinelands v Con­berg, Vics v Cen­tral, UCT v WPCC, Maties v Som­er­set West.

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