Monash, St. Michael’s set for Major Pennant Thriller

David Tease
November 30, 2020

St. Michael’s and Monash will meet in the Division One final of Metropolitan Major Pennant after securing results in yesterday’s heatwave conditions.

Despite wins for Cronulla from Derryn Weigand and Shane Holden, Monash, who entered the away match against with a 5/2 lead, scooped up the required three games with victories from Sunil Patel (1 up), Doug Callem 2/1) and Danny Marshall ( 3/2) to put the result out of reach from the Shire squad.

In contrast to the Monash / Cronulla game, the Battle of the neighbours, St. Michael’s V NSW, went down to the wire. With St. Michael’s taking a 5/2 lead into the return leg, the match was always going to be tight.

Wins for NSW to Zac Mullins ( 5/3), Zinyo Garcia ( 2up), Jake Bake (3/2), and Dean Van Kampen(3&1) set the scene for a photo finish.

St. Michael’s however, with wins from Daley Loumanis ( 5/4), and Harrison Crowe (7/5) reached the important seven-game milestone, meant the result of the tie hinged on the Garner/ Doig match. Garner didn’t disappoint, holing a clutch putt on the last for a half, and with it a place in next week’s final at Riverside Oaks.

Twin Creeks and Penrith will meet in the Division II final after securing their passage through to next Sunday’s final with solid wins.

Penrith, who lead after the away game back in august quickly secured the required games to progress courtesy of wins from Dale Hughes ( 6/5), Craig Montgomery (5/4), Chris Lawler ( 5/3) and Jeff Gadd ( 5/4).

Twin Creeks sent a clear message about their intentions in Sunday’s final, recording an impressive five matches to two win over North Ryde.

Division III

Cabramatta cruised into next week’s final against Cumberland with a 4 1/2 to 2 1/2 win over Asquith at home.

Division IV

Strathfield and Woolooware will meet in Division IV after strong wins on Sunday.
Matt Harvey grabbed a vital half point to ensure Woolooware’s place in this week’s final, while in the other match, Strathfield cruised to an away win at Bardwell Valley. Wins from John Kang, Sam Wrigley, Craig Delaney and Edward Burgess helped to consolidate their lead from week one.

Roseville’s five wins against Macarthur Grange on Sunday secured their spot while Beverly Park grabbed a vital five wins at home to advance into the final at the expense of neighbours, Kareela.


Concord will meet The Australian in Women’s Division one after securing a 3 1/2 to 1 /1/2 victory at St. Michael’s.

With the opening two matches halved, Sophie Yip produced a vital win for the inner west team, edging them in front. Makensie Toole and Belinda Ji, playing in the penultimate match, couldn’t be split, the game ending in a half.

With the result hinging on the final match, it was Concord’s freshly crowned Club Champion Doey Choi, who got the better of her State teammate Kelsey Bennett on the last, with a vital two-up win.

In Division II, Moore Park will meet Avondale after the City team whitewashed Pymble five-nil.

Avondale, however, will be a formidable opponent next Sunday after they easily accounted for Lynwood in a similar result, 5/ nil.

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