All to play for as run home starts to get interesting

The calculators are being dusted off with today’s pending results in the Metropolitan senior A pennant series set to have a huge bearing on who will be there at the business end.

There is plenty at stake with four rounds to go with only two sides in the box seat for finals golf.

St Clair Saints and Taieri Lakes should seal those berths with wins today barring a host of unlikely upsets over the next month.

But it won’t be easy for the Lakes side, who strike a desperate Bombers side at Balmacewen. On the flip side, a Bombers loss will mean they will likely need to win their remaining games whilst relying on Saint Clair Devils stumbling in the run home.

The match-up looks interesting and it is clear the Bombers are looking for early wins with Ben Patston and Brandon Hodgson leading the side out while Taieri looks more than competitive, particularly at the top end of the order with Matt Tautari anchoring at No 1.

At St Clair it is part two of the local derby between the Saints and Devils. The previous meeting between the two sides ended in a narrow win for the Saints, so there is no reason why the result will not be close again.

There is also plenty of reason for the underdog Devils to push for an upset.

They have a niggly run home with tough games against both Balmacewen teams — even a draw would be a decent result, leaving them probably needing one more win to cement a spot the finals.

At Chisholm Links, the hosts face the B52s who need to win this game to keep the pressure on their struggling club team.

The Links are in with a mathematical chance to make finals but the Bombers who sit one point above them look more likely to outscore them in the run home.

They are not helped by the fact the B52s are stalking Taieri Lakes in 3rd and could jump into 2nd place with a win should the Lakes side lose. Their side looks very strong today, particularly from 1-4 with all their guns back.

Round-robin is set to conclude on July 2.

By Michael Minty

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