The 2021 Metropolitan Major Pennant is underway.
After the major upheaval of the 2020 season which saw the finals not held until December, it was a very short turn around for some.
Twin Creeks and Liverpool couldn’t be separated in their return leg, with Matt Devries making it two wins from two stars with a solid 7/5 result at home.
Defending division One Pennant Champions St Michael’s grabbed a vital away win against Macquarie links to maintain their perfect start to the year. With four of the Little Bay team absent due to the Australian Amateur Championships, a couple of youngsters stepped into the breach, Daley Loumanis claiming a 3/2 win while Orlando Janschek grabbed a 5/4 win as well.
Monash and The Australian played out a 3 1/2-all draw at Monash, after the Australian accounted for the team from the Collaroy plateau last weekend.
NSW Amateur runner-up Jeffrey Guan continued his stellar form winning 6/5 while Matthew Giles, back in the amateur ranks after a pro career which saw him win a Victorian Open, also claimed a 4/3 win.
After losing a tight one away form home last week, Penrith hit back at home against Bonnie Doon with a five matches to two result. Jeff Gadd and Dan Smyth claiming big wins of 5/4 and 7/5 respectively.
Back-to-back champions in 18 & 19, NSW, made light work of Avondale at Avondale in a dominant performance. NSW Men’s representative Harry Bolton had a pleasing return to form, trouncing Jye Pickin 7/5, while Zinyo Garcia and Jake Baker also recored solid wins.
Moore Park took the lollies in a close one at home against Long Reef in the other match after the teams squared opening leg last weekend.
Mona Vale have made a perfect start to 2021, claiming a 4/3 win over Pymble at Pymble. Jake Dundas and Alex Munro have made to a perfect start also, claiming their second wins in as many weeks.
Cronulla flipped the result of their opening week loss to Concord, trouncing the inner west team down in the Shire six matches to one. Team stalwart Derryn Weigand relished the chance to be on home turf, claiming a 6/5 win.
Section one of Division two is shaping up as a tight one, with all four teams on one point after the opening two rounds. In what could end up in a count back on matches won, Castle Hill’s Opening week 7- nil victory over North Ryde may be telling.
A determined Lakes outfit have made it two wins from as many starts with a tough 4 1/2 to 2 1/2 win over Oatlands. Jackson Fears and Bond Chan grabbing important wins for The Lakes. Lakeside also remain undefeated, claiming an away win over Cumberland.
Cromer have made a solid start to the 2021 season, with a 6 1/2 to 1/2 win over Glenmore. Jedd Thomas claiming an 8/7 victory the highlight on a very good day for the northern suburbs club.
Bankstown and Stonecutters Ridge battled out a draw at Bankstown, with Stonecutters Will Bromley still undefeated after a nail biting one up win.
A strong Lynwood team is making it’s claim for higher glory, with back to back wins against Fox Hills. In a team full of impressive efforts, Adam Nelson’s 5/3 win was the pick.
Strathfield and Bayview have made perfect starts in Division Three, also establishing handsome winning records. Antill Park had no answer for the home team last Sunday, while Bayview made it back-to-back wins over Wakehurst.
Neighbours Bardwell Valley and Marrickville are setting the running in Division four, with both teams undefeated. The Valley will be tough to beat, with Lester Peterson, a former NSW and Australian representative undefeated, alongside Nick Katholos, Graham Blizard, Ian Elliot and Steve Sheldon. Highlight of the day went to Campbelltown’s Peter King who got his match off to a flyer, holing out on the first for an ace. Sadly, it didn’t help, King going down to Elliot 3/1.
With ten teams in Division five, interest will sit with the return of Gordon and the debut of North Turramurra.