All teams still in with a chance of making finals

Every team has something to play for as the senior A metropolitan pennant round robin concludes today.

All six teams are in contention to play finals golf next week — some sealed their spots a couple of weeks ago, while others need a win and results to go their way.

At St Clair, the Saints have been the front runners all season and face Taieri Lakes, who will feature in next week’s semifinals regardless of the result. Both teams may play each other next week, so today could be seen as a warm up.

Matt Tautari remains side-lined by a back injury suffered a fortnight ago and is racing the clock to be fit for Taieri’s semifinal, while Blair Bennett slots in for Hayden Robertson.

The Saints are at full strength, with Tony Giles returning and slotting in at the tail. It is a side they will be hoping remains available for the finals matches and it should have the measure of the Mosgiel golfers in this fixture today.

But there is much more on the line for the St Clair Devils, who host the second placed B52s. The home side needs a win and hope Chisholm Links can continue its strong finish to the season by beating the Bombers at Tahuna.

The Devils look to be at full strength, but they need to find that early season form and put it together as a unit against this B52s team.

Phil Bungard and Tom Lee (B52s) play a rematch at No 1, while Callum White takes on Andrew Hobbs in what looks to complete a headline act at the top of the order. Howard Maxwell plays his first game of the season and will be looking to arrest an alarming stat for the B52s — half a point from nine games played by its reserves.

At Tahuna, a half will be enough for the Bombers should the Devils and B52s draw their match, but a win puts paid to the Devil’s and Link’s finals prospects.

The Links side looks the strongest side it has put out all year, with both Kyle and Sean Geary listed, but as usual it will be hoping the wind gets up after a cool start to the morning. Benign conditions will likely play into the hands of the Bombers, whereas a good breeze will bring the teams closer to each other.

The Bombers will be buoyed by their late season rally. Dylan Stock returns in place of Ricky Stewart in a largely unchanged line up.

By Michael Minty

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