Bombers, St Clair, Chisholm Links secure semi spots

With senior A finals just around the corner, the make-up of the finals and venue still appear murky with only one side out of the race.

The Bombers, St Clair and Chisholm Links sides have secured their semifinal positions but the B52s are not quite guaranteed to make up the top four and play Taieri Lakes at Balmacewen next week.

The Lakes side can clinch a semifinal spot if it can sweep the home side 6-0.

St Clair set itself up with a Sunday showdown against Taieri Lakes after a dominant display against the B52s on Saturday.

A win to the home side was never in doubt as the St Clair tail dominated from the outset.

Jacob Bellamy continues to be unbeatable at No6, defeating the well-performed Matt Weir 5/4 while No5 Parker Aluesi downed Henry Hodgson 3/2.

Saints No3 Tony Giles beat Ricky Stewart to secure a third win but No4 Steve Horn provided some hope for the visiting team when defeating Conor Jamison.

Saints No2 Callum White secured three competition points with victory over Paul Hubbard while former St Clair greenkeeper Andrew Hobbs added a consolation half for the B52s against Saints captain Matt Crawford.

The host’s finals prospects were extinguished at Island Park and it now faces the dreaded wooden spoon after succumbing to the ladder-leading Bombers 4.5-1.5.

No6 Brandon Hodgson ensured the visiting team started well, defeating Lawrence Graham for the second time in a month before the middle order of Ben Patston and John McIntee added comfortable wins to secure three games.

Joseph Hancock broke his season duck, defeating Murray Edgar on the last green to earn Park’s first win but the result was a forgone conclusion when Jason Hughes defeated Brent Butler on the 17th.

Park No2 Regan Cairns added a half to the home side’s tally after having the hole conceded when Luke Murdoch lost his ball up a tree on the last hole with Murdoch was 1-up.

Photo: ODT files
Photo: ODT files
Taieri Lakes kept its finals hopes alive thanks to Matt Mercer who gave Lakes the edge against Chisholm Links on the Taieri.

Lakes No5 Mark Andrews outperformed Phil Bungard to set the tone for the home side before he was joined by Blair Bennett who defeated Jayden Smith 4/3.

Links No6 Jason Pegler earned the visiting side’s first win over Brett Kennelly before the top pair split the honours, Lakes No1 Ken Shaw defeating Mike Weastell and Links No2 Mackenzie Gibson downing Hayden Robertson leaving the home side only needing a half to keep their season alive.

But Links No4 Mike Bowman held a 1-up advantage down the last and a draw looked on the cards until Mercer snatched victory for his team by holing an 8m birdie putt to halve the match and give Taieri Lakes a much needed three points ahead of its catch-up match the following day against St Clair.

However, Taieri was dealt a blow in that replayed match against St Clair.

The home team will feel vindicated beating Lakes 4-2 after looking on track for a win and three competition points in the rained-off match a fortnight ago.

Once again, the St Clair tail proved the difference with White shifting to No6 and defeating Saturday’s hero, Mercer, while Crawford beat Bennett on the final green.

Aluesi beat Josh Boath emphatically before Robertson sprang an upset on the in-form Bellamy to give Lakes its r first win.

Lakes No1 Ryan Rosevear added Lakes’ second win over Giles to give his side a glimmer of hope but Saints No2 Scott Mitchell sealed victory for St Clair on the 17th hole over Ken Shaw.

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