Pennant Match Reports 2017-18
PENNANT REPORT – 2017/18 SEASON - ROUND 15
If they are to feature in the finals, Pakenham One (Div 1) must continue to win and they did that in emphatic style last Saturday with a demolition job on Burwood District. The Lions didn’t exactly get the start which the coach requested, however by the time each rink had played three ends the lead was 26/7. By the half way mark, that margin had blown out to an unbelievable 84/19 with Geoff Van Vugt’s rink up 25/1! Pakenham kept the pressure up until the final end to win 144/55 and collect 16 Pennant points. Best rink with a score of 41/7 was Chris Fox (S), Dave Wood (3), Keith (Golden Arm) Archer (2) and Stormin’ Norm Box (L).
Despite the win, the Ones remain in fifth spot. Hopefully they will carry their current form to Ferntree Gully (second) next round.
In contrast to the Ones, Pakenham Two (Div 2) continued its late season slump with a disappointing away loss on Saturday against cellar dwellers Cranbourne RSL. When the two sides last met in round six, Pakenham absolutely thrashed the RSL and were well up on the ladder, yet this round, in a complete reversal, the Lions could only get up on one rink and went down overall by 68/103. The winning rink was Jim Barrie (S), Alan Stewart (3), John Siekman (2) and Ashley Graham (L) with a score of 26/23.
The Twos have dropped to ninth on the ladder and would be looking for a better performance at home against Berwick (sixth) next round.
Pakenham Three (Div 4) although second on the ladder and playing at home, had a tough assignment against clear ladder leaders Cheltenham. By the half way point in that game, Pakenham was behind on three rinks and level on the fourth for an overall deficit of 20 shots. They did well from there to fight back and get three rinks up but unfortunately they could not cover the hammering received by the fourth and went down overall by seven shots, 71 to 78. Best of the winners was Charles Harris (S), John Coote (3), Terry O’Toole (2) and Lindsay Stevenson (L) with a 24/17 scorecard.
The Threes retained second spot on the ladder but are now only two points ahead of Cardinia Waters. They play away at Noble Park (seventh) next round.
Joining the Ones and Threes at Pakenham on Saturday and as a consequence, split over the two greens, Pakenham Four (Div 6), sixth on the ladder, played host to seventh placed Churchill Waverley Golf. From the outset, one of the Lions’ rinks jumped ahead while the others had a close battle all afternoon. However in a great result for the home side, when the dust had settled, it was Pakenham with all four rinks up, three with close finishes and the fourth more than doubling their opponents’ score. Best rink with a score of 38/15was John Hickman (S), Alan Wilcock (3), Ray Wood/Peter Wilson (2) and Gail Wilcock (L).
The win elevated the Fours to fourth spot on the ladder. They play Mulgrave Country Club (seventh) away next round.
The Six-A-Side Pakenham Five were given a walk over by Hampton and collected maximum Pennant points as a consequence. Now in fourth spot, they have a tough home game next round against ladder leaders Cranbourne who are so far in front that they would finish in top spot even if they did not turn up for the rest of the season!
Pakenham’s Women’s Only Div 1 team travelled to Blackburn for a hard fought away game which saw them come home with the narrowest of wins. Surprisingly, they got the jump on their opponents to be early leaders on all three rinks and still held that lead even at the half way mark. However from that point the game developed into a real arm wrestle and the locals dug in to slowly whittle away at the Lions’ advantage. In the end, Pakenham won on only one rink and went down narrowly on the other two but importantly, prevailed overall by a single shot. Best rink was Kerry Lewis (S), Ave Jones (3), Anna Barrie (2) and Fiona Samson (L) with a score of 25/21.
The ladies are now in fourth spot. They play at home against Mt Waverley, second, next round.
The Open Div 1 Side, Pakenham Two, was at home to arch rival Ferntree Gully. This game was close all day on two rinks but Pakenham quickly became dominant on the third and that was how it played out to the end. The Lions recorded a good win, 66/51, with two rinks up. Best of the winners was Gary (Crow) Crowley (S), Jim Williams (3), Ken Clifton (2) and Stormin’ Norm Box (L) with a score of 28/12.
The Twos are now fourth, only three points behind Beaumaris. They will be away at Carrum (sixth) next round.
Pakenham Three (Open Div 3), top of the ladder, were at home to Willow Lodge (eighth). The locals were a little lethargic at first but soon warmed to the task and by half time were ahead on two rinks and had established a modest overall lead. All three rinks then outscored their opponents in the second half of the game to record a clear 64/38 win and pick up maximum Pennant points. Best rink was Paul Currie (S), John Siekman (3), John Coote (2) and Joy Tomlin (L) with a 24/13 score card.
The Threes hold top spot on the ladder, 14 points clear of Cranbourne in second. They play Cranbourne, away, next round.
The Midweek Six-A-Side Pakenham Four had a bye last week and therefore did not collect any Pennant points. They still hold top spot on the ladder, 16 ahead of Hampton Park and 30 ahead of Berwick. They are at home to Berwick in round 16.
The winner of the HI-LO for round 15 was Kerry Lewis with number 50.
Portrait of a Winner
Alan Wilcock Prepares to Deliver
Big Dev Played a Vital Role in the Big Win
Charles in Charge