Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Birdies to challenge Hit & Hope

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Round four of the Deniliquin Golf Club Premier League will be played this weekend, in conjunctio­n with the Saturday fourball aggregate and Sunday single stableford competitio­ns. The weather forecast is for mostly sunny conditions that will no doubt continue to see scores improve.

The match of the round looks to be Eagles & Birdies versus Hit & Hope. Hit & Hope made significan­t changes to the team this season, but are yet to fire on the course. But they have too much talent and this could be the week it all falls into place.

Eagles & Birdies have been building nicely over the first three weeks and now sit fourth on the ladder. It would be a surprise to see them continue the huge scoring of round three, so a little drop in scoring combined with an improved Hit&

Hope performanc­e will no doubt see a tight finish.

COVID-8 have been a little unlucky the last two weeks, having the second highest scoring average in the competitio­n, but returning two losses. A case of playing the wrong team on the wrong week.

This week they have another tough opponent in Old Boys, last season’s runners up. Dean Irwin has been the shining light for Old Boys, attempting to fill the void left by last year’s most valuable player Barry Barlow. But Irwin needs a little more support from the most experience­d side in the competitio­n.

Bush Whackers versus Water Wizards is a contest of 1 v 5 on the ladder. Water Wizards are perhaps the surprise team so far and with a number of newer golfers, are likely to continue to improve with regular golf. But ladder leaders Bush Whackers might be too big a challenge this early in the season, having been led by the excellent form of Josh Hunt so far.

Ali Ferguson has led from the front all season and has her TaylorMaid­s on an upward trajectory. Could this be the week for a first win? They play WOTAM who are just rolling along like a well oiled machine, so the challenge for TaylorMaid­s can’t be understate­d.

Both sides will be desperate for a win in the contest between the Wedgies and the Crackers. The Crackers have scored 117 points in each of the first three weeks, but it won’t take much improvemen­t to take the win over the Wedgies who are only averaging 125. In what could be a low scoring affair, every point will count in determinin­g a winner.

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