Deniliquin Pastoral Times
Bush Whackers lose top spot
Round eight of the Deniliquin Golf Club Premier League was played in blustery conditions on Saturday.
The results set up a fascinating final round with finals spots up for grabs.
COVID-8 was the latest team with finals aspirations to face the undefeated Bush Whackers.
Unlike others in recent weeks, COVID-8 continued their excellent late season form to defeat Bush Whackers 140 to 136.
Captain Ian Fuller led his side from the front scoring an excellent 39 points which proved to be the difference in the contest, while Ross Taylor and Ross Burnham each scored 34 and Gary Stephens added 33 to provide an even scoring contribution.
Josh Hunt again led Bush Whackers with 36 points, with Peter Winchcomb 35, Mark Thomas 33 and Jill Jeffrey 32 providing a solid scoring effort.
But for the first time this season, it wasn’t good enough for the win.
The loss sees Bush Whackers drop out of top spot in the ladder for the first time since round two, while COVID-8 jump to third place on the ladder and are now in a position where a win or draw in the last round will ensure they play finals.
Eagles & Birdies started the round in third place but dropped to fifth, and out of the finals places following a resounding defeat at the hands of Old Boys, 135 to 145.
Dean Irwin has been excellent for Old Boys this season and he led the scoring with 38 points.
He was well supported by Wayne Pitts and John Irwin each scoring 36 points, and Dan Wade on 35.
For Eagles & Birdies, Ginny Lange scored 36 points, Annette Dankert 35, and Vicki Hutton and Kerran Leetham scored 32 each.
Eagles & Birdies now face a must-win contest in the final round to force their way back into the top four, while the win for Old Boys sees them move top of the ladder.
They will meet Bush Whackers next week to determine the minor premiers.
The Crackers needed a win against fellow finals challenges Hit & Hope in round eight, or their season would be over.
Both teams returned their highest team
score for the season and drew the contest with 139 points each.
Both captains led from the front, with Crackers’ captain Wendy Pekin scoring 37 points, supported by Anita Gorsuch 36, Denise Hunter 35 and Jane Glowrey 31.
Hit & Hope captain Ian Campbell scored 38 with Lachie Campbell and Nick Metcalfe each with 34, and Leigh Chappell 33.
The draw means that the Crackers are out of finals contention, while Hit & Hope moved from fifth to fourth. They will need a win to secure a finals berth.
A loss would see them require other results go their way to hang on to fourth.
The Wedgies and WOTAM played out a close match, with the Wedgies taking the win 139 to 137.
Gary Rodda was best for the Wedgies with 37 points, with Vince Kelly 35, Geoff King 34 and Kathy Simpson 33, rounding out the scores.
Billy Bourke led WOTAM with 36 points, followed by Kev Reeves and Ashley Hall on 35 each.
Two players returned 33 for the fourth best score.
The Water Wizards returned to the winners’ list with a 122 to 121 win over TaylorMaids.
Donald Bull was best for the Wizards with 35 points with Rick Bond 33, Lyn Bond 28 and Anne Bull 26.
Captain Ali Ferguson was the only player for TaylorMaids, returning 32 points.
The last round of Premier League will be played this Saturday, October 23.