Date: March 06, 2017
Author: Dave Tease

Favourites firm in Major Pennant

St MIchael's have kept their perfect start to the 2017 Metropolitan Major Pennant intact after a 5 1/2 to 1 1/2 win against Mona Vale on Sunday.

Travis Smyth and Mike Hammond led the way for St. MIchael's with 5&4 wins. Joining them in the winner's circle by John Lyras, Jake Baker and Joshua Clarke.

The result puts the Maroubra outfit firmly in control of Pool one with a handy 2 point lead over second place Macquarie Links, after the South-Western side suffered a surprise defeat at home to Bonnie Doon 5 to 2.

James Grierson paved the way for the 'Doon with an impressive 6&4 win. Joining him in the winner's circle were teammates Jones Comerford, Alex Minton, Jack McLeod and Mitchell Gannon.

Concord recorded another comfortable win in Pool two to keep their perfect start to Metropolitan Pennant intact as well.The 2016 finalists were way too good for Liverpool winning five matches to 2.

Best for the Concord team were Jason Hong, Mitch Norris and Joshua Gadd, recording big wins of 9&8, 6&5, and 7&6 respectively.

Pennant Hills dealt a blow to their near neighbour Pymble's chances of winning the group, sneaking home with a 4 to 3 win at the 'Hills.

Benjamin Clapham was the standout performer for Penno' with his 6&4 win, but it was the plucky halved results Murray Fogarty, and Jye Forrester that ensured Pennant Hills got the winning point at home.

The Australian Golf Club might have suffered their first bump in the road to this year's Pennant finals series after being held to a 3 1/2 all draw by a plucky Castle Hill team. However, the Kensington outfit still lead pool three by two points with an impressive 22.5 to 5.5 win/loss record.

Castle Hill had a lot to prove after last week's drubbing at home from the Australian, and it was clear to see it was on their mind in the quality of golf played. Daniel Gale and Kevin Yuan fought out an exciting half, while David Ferguson, Brandon Shong, and Patrick Idquival all grabbed wins for the Northerners.

The Australian's pair of Zachary Mullins and Justin Warren continue to dominate their opponents, recording 8&6 and 6&4 wins respectively.

Ryde/Parramatta grabbed their first win of the year with a 5/2 win against Bankstown. IN a bit of an upset result, Manav Madan and Matt Green were the big winners for Ryde/Parra, with 5&4 and 5&3 wins.

Moore Park, Avondale and Long Reef are separated by just a point in Pool Four after four rounds. It looks like it will be a nail-biter to decide the semi-finalist from this group, and the final group of matches seem likely to decide the outcome.

NSW held Avondale to a Draw at home in a game that the North Shore team would love to have won.

Moore Park grabbed the win against Long Reef at home in the other pool match, with wins to Reece Oliver, Jack Poutney, Clancy Bowe and John Betland.

Division Two

Twin Creeks and Stonecutters Ridge are separated by only 1 1/2 games after four rounds after they both recorded away wins over the weekend.

Twin Creeks defeated Royal Sydney 4 1/2 to 2 1/2 around the famous Rose Bay Course, while Stonecutters accounted for North Ryde at North Ryde.

Best for Twin Creeks was Alan Haughie with a 3&1 win, while for Stonecutters, Matthew Taylor continued to impress, this time with a 5&3 result.

In Pool two, Cromer has a one point lead after a four/ three win at home against Fox Hills. Corey Fairchild was the best for Cromer with a 7&5 win.

Bayview grabbed a vital win away from home against Lynwood in Pool three, winning 4/3, while Monash dominated Killara at home, winning 5 1/2 to 1/12.

Mac Marr posted the result of the day for Bayview, winning 5&3 while in the other match, Brayden Peterson and Lewis Murray dominated for Monash, both winning handsomely, 5&4.

Antill Park has broken their duck for 2017 in the best possible way with an unexpected win against a strong Lakes outfit at home in pool 4.

Brent Whitelaw, Tim Ryan and Timothy Davies grabbed wins for the Picton outfit, while Ryan Tierney and Jason Keller grabbed vital halves to ensure their first point for the year.

Cronulla remain on top of the pool however with a $ to 3 win over Oatlands. Cronulla&apos s Jayden Cripps and Brad Thompson were the Shire club&aposs best, with 4&2 and 4&3 wins.

Division Three

Half a point separates manly and Carnarvon in pool one of Division three Pennant.

Manly still the lead of the pool courtesy of their dominant away win over Kogarah 5/2, while Carnarvon was too strong at home for New Brighton, winning 6/1.

Best for Manly was Tyson Holmes and William Crisp, with 4&3 and 4&2 wins respectively, while Mark Williams led the way for Carnarvon with a 7&6 win.

Lakeside, Cumberland and Wallacia are in a tight battle for honours in Pool two after Cumberland grabbed a vital win away from home against Lakeside.

Daniel Auremi won a critical match for Cumberland 3&2 to lead the Parramatta-based side to the win.

Wallacia stayed in the hunt to win pool two with a 5/2 win against Wakehurst; Wins came from Mark Bateup, Julian Grima, Robert Walker, Reece Hackett, and Craig Dengate.

Penrith and Camden remain locked in a tight battle for pool three, with Massey Park in a distant third place.

Penrith made amends for last weeks away loss against the Camden, with a 4 1/2 to 2 1/2 win at home. Best for the Penrith team was Blade Gadd and Chris Lawler with ^75 and 6&4 wins.

Massey Park's slim chance of getting to the semi-finals was dealt a blow with a loss to Richmond. Nathan and Ball and Ian Davies were Richmond's best with 4&3 and 3&2 wins.

In Pool Four, Dunheved still leads woolooware by a point after a 3 1/2 match all result between the two teams on Sunday. In a game that featured three halved matches, Dunheved's Craig Williams was the standout with his 6&4 win.

Glenmore Heritage has broken their 2017 Duck with an impressive 6/1 home win against Eastlake. Dean Franshaw led the way for Glenmore with a 4&3 win.

Division Four

Palm Beach remain the team to beat and sit on top of the standings in Pool 1 of Division four pennant. Riverside Oaks had no answers for the Palm Beach outfit, with standout wins coming from Phillip Rudd and Oliver Hugill.

Roseville dealt Leona a blow with a 4 1/2 to 2 1/2 win, Anthony MC Alister leading the way with a 4&2 win.

In Pool two, Northbridge made it four-from-four for 2017 against Beverley Park at Beverley Park with a 4/3 win down at Beverley Park. Jay Mackenzie and Kyle Underwood were dominant for Northbridge, winning 5&3 respectively.

Campbelltown smashed a hapless Rosnay 7/nil, with Gene Cruikshank leading the way with a 7&6 win.

In Pool three, Asquith continued marching towards the semi-finals wit a 7/nil whitewash of Cammeray. Best for Asquith with a 6&4 win was Troy Stevens.

Marrickville got the better of Bardwell Valley, with a 4 1/2 to 2 1/2 win. Drew Cremin was the best for Marrickville with a 5&3 win.

Warringah remains on top in pool four after a 5 to 2 win over Windsor with Sam Matheson recording the biggest win for the Northerners. THE Coast grabbed their first win of the year against Bexley, with a couple of big wins from Shaun Cameron and Tony Podvorec.

Division Five

Barnwell Park, Karelia and Strathfield lead the way in Division five, However, Barnwell lead the trio by half a match in a very even competition.