Date: May 28, 2012

Simpson Cup: Kooyonga top after Rd 3

State rep Tim Baker in fine form for Kooyonga Metropolitan Pennant Round 3 summary Kooyonga has moved to the top of the Simpson Cup ladder after a sterling 4 – 3 victory over Tea Tree Gully in round three of Men’stop grade Pennant. Flagstaff Hill remains in third position after a hard fought squared match against The Grange, while Royal Adelaide accounted for Blackwood 5 – 2. Highercombe claimed another big scalp defeating Glenelg 4.5 – 2.5 continuing their impressive start to the season. Kooyonga with three wins after the opening three matches, have set themselves up for a tilt at the final with their young side admirably covering the loss of Stephen Speirs and Heath Riches. For Kooyonga, Geoff Brennan continued his undefeated start to the season with a squared match against Ryan White at number 5 while Tim Baker collected another 4&2 win this week against Gullies stalwart Brett Crosby. The talented John Hayes and Will Somerfield both collected points winning their matches against Matt McMahon and Paul Wyllie 5&4 and 2&1 respectively. Rudi Du Plooy and Zak Fuller both had wins for Tea Tree Gully while the number one match between Chris Austin and Charles Shaw went down to the wire with a squared result enough for Kooyonga to claim the points. Highercombe now into 4th position, had a day out against Glenelg and with two wins for the season surpass their 2010 Simpson Cup campaign when they went through the season with a sole victory against Kooyonga. Kane Parry, Andrew Couzner, Ben Hallam and Nick May were all winners for Highercombe whilst Mark Deacon fought hard to square his match with Glenelg s Campbell Rawson. For Glenelg, Lachlan Booth had a big win over Adam Husdell 6&5 whilst Anthony Olsen won 2&1 against Ben Jaffer. On its home course Royal Adelaide secured much needed points in its 5 – 2 victory over Blackwood. Brad Moules was the big winner of the day with an emphatic win over Andy Humphries 8&6, while Tom Cooper, Alex Curtin, Nathan Baulderstone and Louis Fuller claimed the other 4 matches. Ben Leske and Stephen Locke were the winners for Blackwood. The Grange could consider itself lucky to square its match with Flagstaff Hill after going 2 down early with wins to Coulsen and Stenner over Crowder and Laubsch. Williams and Lisk pulled the contest back to two a piece with wins over Cotton and Hiern before Scott Ready edged Flaggies ahead after his 1up win over Alex Hendrick. The Bond v Roxby contest was a classic with both players unable to be split after 18 holes. Chris Brown ever reliable at number one, proved too strong for Jacob Sewell winning 4&2 to keep Grange s season alive. Next week s round four matches are held at Blackwood with the host side primed for its first win of the season when they face Glenelg. The match of the round is the Tea Tree Gully v Flagstaff Hill contest with the winner edging one step closer to a finals berth. Highercombe also take on Royal Adelaide whilst Kooyonga could kill off Grange s final hopes with victory. For all results and draws, click here for the Pennant events page. Pennant Event Page Round 4 3rd June at Blackwood 1st Tee 7.30 am Grange v Kooyonga 1st Tee 8.25 am Highercombe v Royal Adelaide 1st Tee 9.20 am Tea Tree Gully v Flagstaff Hill 1st Tee 10.15 am Blackwood v Glenelg