Dominant Saints maintain margin at top

The St Clair Saints secured the dominant victory they were after at the weekend to maintain their margin over the Metropolitan senior A field.

Taieri Lakes continued to claw their way up the table while the Bombers hit another road block in their attempt to rescue their season.

At St Clair, it was no surprise to see the Saints flex their ladder-leading muscle over a weakened Chisholm Links side with a 6-0 thumping.

All the matches finished in good time but it was Saints No5 Parker Aluesi inflicting a surprisingly big defeat on Jason Pegler which kicked things off.

Matt Crawford defeated Matt Heaton 4/2, and Jacob Bellamy, Tony Giles and Cody McMullan recorded 4/3 victories, while Links No4 Sean Geary at least made it to the 17th before going down to Jacob Murray.

Taieri Lakes have pushed their way into second after a dominant 4.5-1.5 display at home over St Clair Devils.

The Devils’ points came at the tail with Tom Griffin halving with Blair Bennett and captain Logan Clarke beating Matt Mercer on the 17th.

But the rest was all one-way traffic for the Lakes side — No1 Matt Tautari needed only 12 holes to beat Ryan Littlejohn while Ken Shaw, Ryan Rosevear and Jaxon Boyes added to the home side’s tally.

The only competitive fixture for the weekend was the match between the two Balmacewen sides which fought out a 3-3 draw.

Bombers No6 Tyrone Ratahi proved too strong for Paul Hubbard who was called in at late notice. However, the next two games went to the B52s thanks to Andrew Hobbs and Steve Horn with 3/2 wins.

Bombers No3 Brandon Hodgson accounted for Harrison Maaka to make it 2-2, turning the attention on the final pairing.

Bombers No2 Ben Patston birdied the 17th to win against Matt Weir to give the Bombers the edge with the final match between No1s Callum Judkins and Will McLachlan all square on the 18th tee.

But Judkins had his work cut out after an unlucky break left him above the flag with his second shot and McLachlan found the green.

With greens quickening up due to cool temperatures, Judkins then left himself a 4m putt for par which he failed to make while McLachlan two-putted for par and the 3-3 result.

The result will hurt the Bombers more than the B52s who still sit in third while the Bombers are still five points in arrears of the fourth-placed Devils with four rounds to play.

 - Michael Minty


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