Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Tough battles on the cards

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The welcome rain throughout the week will no doubt benefit the course over the coming weeks, but provided for some softer playing conditions for round six of the Deniliquin Golf Club Premier League competitio­n.

The Bush Whackers had a comfortabl­e 133 to 117 win over The Crackers.

Josh Hunt was again brilliant for Bush Whackers, top scoring with 40 points.

Josh is no doubt the clear favourite for player of the competitio­n honours. Mark Thomas provided a solid 34. Wendy Pekin lead from the front for Crackers with 33 and Denise Hunter returned 31, but it simply was not enough against the ladder leaders.

The win sees Bush Whackers remain on top of the ladder as the only undefeated team, while the Crackers fall to a tie for fourth on points but sixth based on percentage.

Eagles & Birdies had a walk in the park Saturday, with the WOTAM team failing to field a team of four and used the long weekend for a break from golf at their home course.

Eagles & Birdies posted 136 points to record an equal top score for the week, and would have been very difficult to beat.

They were lead by Felicity McCalman’s 38 points, and Jenny Swainger’s 35.

Butch Oddy was the lone WOTAM player, and while it would be nice to say he fired for his side it simply wasn’t the case.

The win moves Eagles & Birdies to third spot on the ladder, while WOTAM drop to eighth. They likely need three wins in the final three rounds to be any chance of playing finals.

In the lowest scoring match in Deniliquin

Golf Club Premier League history, COVID8 fell over the line with a 99 to 98 win over Water Wizards.

Both teams struggled for playing numbers, but it was COVID-8 who managed the minimum number of four.

Jason Kerr had an excellent 37 points for the Wizards, but it was unfortunat­ely a wasted effort.

It was an important win for COVID-8, moving into a tie for fourth on points but sitting fifth on the ladder based on percentage.

Water Wizards sit at seventh, and like WOTAM likely need to win the final three rounds to be a chance of playing finals.

Old Boys cemented their finals place with a narrow, three point win over TaylorMaid­s, 130 to 127.

Scott Mildren, Dan Wade and Dean Irwin each scored 33 points for Old Boys, but this was matched by 33 points each Jane Armytage and Prue Lloyd, with Jane Barlow scoring 32. The result of the match came down to the fourth best scores, with Barry Barlow returning to the Old Boys team this week scoring 31 points proving the difference.

Surprising­ly the Wedgies started favourites against Hit & Hope, based on scoring averages, despite sitting second bottom of the ladder.

Things look good for Wedgies with Gary Rodda returning 37 points, with Geoff King and Vince Kelly providing 33 each. Unfortunat­ely the fourth score for Wedgies was only 27 points for a team total of 130 leaving the door open for Hit & Hope, which they walked through with very consistent scoring effort.

Lachie Campbell and Leigh Chappell each scored 35 points with Scott Tritton and Nick Metcalfe each with 33.

The win saw Hit & Hope jump to fourth on the ladder, but they will need to keep wining with The Crackers and COVID-8 hot on their heels.

Round 7 of the Premier League will be played this Saturday and Sunday.

With three rounds left, almost every match will have ramificati­ons for finals.

The Bush Whackers and Eagles & Birdies is a match of first versus third on the ladder.

Bush Whackers have answered every challenge this season, but Eagles & Birdies may be their biggest challenge to date. Josh Hunt has been exceptiona­l for Bush Whackers and will need to continue that good form if his team is to meet the challenge.

Eagles & Birdies have had a fairly consistent contributi­on across the season to date, likely to give them the edge in what will no doubt be a match decided by only a point or two.

The Crackers and COVID-8 are playing what could be described as an eliminatio­n final, with the loser probably finding it hard to make finals.

The scoring averages favour The Crackers slightly, but they have scored only 117 points in four of the rounds so far. That won’t do against COVID-8 who have had consistent numbers and consistent scoring.

COVID-8 should take the win, if they get 6-8 players on course.

For WOTAM, it’s a case of win or the season is over. They will need their best to beat second placed Old Boys, who will bring their consistent scoring as always.

WOTAM were a last minute entry to the

competitio­n but on paper had a side capable of challengin­g for the title.

The Water Wizards are another team that must win in their match against Hit & Hope.

The first step for the Wizards is getting numbers on course.

When they have this year, they have shown a clear ability to score well.

Hit & Hope’s form has been a little off this season, but a solid scoring effort last week might be the start of a late season charge for the finals.

The loser of the TaylorMaid­s and Wedgies will likely have the dubious honour of finishing last in the competitio­n, a title no team wants.

The TaylorMaid­s will start slight favourite having the better scoring average, but this will be a tight contest with both teams likely to field full strength teams in an effort to avoid the wooden spoon.

 ?? Eagles & ?? Felicity McCalman from Birdies.
Eagles & Felicity McCalman from Birdies.

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