2018 GV Pennant: Rd 5 Update

2018 GV Pennant

An early appearance of winter greeted players across Melbourne as the fifth round of the 2018 GV Pennant season was completed on Sunday 15 April. Cold, wet and windy weather created unpleasant playing conditions as the race to the finals continued in earnest.

As teams jostled for finals positions, Kingston Heath are the only undefeated team in Division 1 of Men’s Pennant while 2017 Champions Commonwealth and Huntingdale head the ladder in Division 1 of Women’s Pennant with both clubs only recording one loss from the five contests played.

In total, just 12 teams have the perfect record after five rounds across 15 divisions of GV Pennant (6 Men’s; 4 Women’s and 5 Colts) as follows:

Men’s Division 1 – Kingston Heath

Men’s Division 2 – Huntingdale

Men’s Division 4 – Sandhurst

Men’s Division 6 – Eastern

Women’s Division 2 – Royal Melbourne

Women’s Division 3 – Keysborough

Women’s Division 4 – Rossdale

Colts Division 1 – Commonwealth

Colts Division 3 – Cranbourne

Colts Division 4 – Box Hill

Colts Division 5 – Bacchus Marsh & Green Acres

This season, 31 clubs are participating in Women’s Pennant, 47 in Men’s Pennant, 38 in Colts Pennant and 32 in Friday Women’s Pennant, in arguably one of the strongest club team golf competitions in the world.

Round five proved pivotal in many Divisions with Men’s and Women’s highlights including:

- With Kingston Heath now near certain of reaching the Division 1 Men’s Final, Metropolitan loom as its likely opponent after a sound five match to two victory over Victoria and with a home contest against Southern ahead next Sunday;

- Commonwealth and Huntingdale hold the prime positions to move to the 2018 Division 1 Women’s Final with The National best placed to challenge over the closing two rounds, trailing by one contest win. This week’s round at Heidelberg will see The National face Commonwealth with the former having to win to stay in the race;

- While the unbeaten Huntingdale will reach the Division 2 Men’s Final, the race is still on for the remaining spot with Rosanna best placed with four contest wins. A win against bottom placed Woodlands at Sanctuary Lakes this week, could almost guarantee a finals appearance and a return to Division 1 for 2019;

- Royal Melbourne has had a superb unbeaten 2018 season and will progress to the final. Yarra Yarra, with just one contest loss, are best placed to be the challenger especially if it can overcome Green Acres in this week’s round at Spring Valley. Woodlands must defeat Kew and Spring Valley must beat the ladder leaders to stay in contention;

- Churchill-Waverley and Eynesbury head the Division 3 Men’s ladder, having lost just one contest apiece. With round six heading to Northern, the third placed hosts are one of three clubs trailing by a single contest and must account for The Heritage to stay in touch. The fourth placed Gisborne play Eynesbury in another key clash;

- Keysborough are unbeaten in Division 3 of Women’s Pennant but still have four other clubs close behind. With this week’s round moving to Box Hill, Keysborough play third placed Rosanna. While the latter has won three contests, it has claimed 20 individual matches through the season, just two less than Keysborough. A win to Rosanna would effectively set-up a last round contest against The Heritage for a spot in the final;

- Unbeaten Sandhurst can seal a Division 4 Men’s Pennant finals position with a home contest win over Chirnside Park on Sunday. Nearest challenger Eastwood must account for fourth placed Kooringal to be best placed to rival the Carrum located club. Riversdale will rue Sunday’s five match to two loss against Kooringal, which has dropped it back to third on the ladder and a contest win behind Eastwood;

- Rossdale are near certain of reaching the Division 4 Women’s final thanks to a six match to one win over Eastern in round five. Settlers Run are the nearest challengers, its only loss coming against the ladder leaders in round two. A win against Northern at Churchill-Waverley on Sunday will most likely set-up a re-match in the final;

- Division 5 Men’s Pennant sees a really close battle between four clubs over the closing two rounds. Medway and Green Acres head the ladder with four contests wins each, but there’s very little individual match difference to Cranbourne and Settlers Run, who have three contest wins. Sunday’s crucial round six at Berwick-Montuna sees Cranbourne play Settlers Run in a virtual elimination final while Green Acres play the hosts and Medway facing up to bottom placed Mt Derrimut;

- Division 6 will also likely come down to the final round. This week at Melton Valley will see a key clash between the unbeaten Eastern and second placed Whittlesea with the latter having to chance to secure a finals spot if it can win. Third placed Ranfurlie, which has a bye this week, will be observing with interest ahead of its final round away clash with Eastern.  

Given the scheduling of the Australian Men’s and Women’s Interstate Teams Matches in early May, the 2018 finals will be played on Sunday 6 May for teams not involving Victorian State players and Sunday 20 May for the Division 1 Men’s and Women’s finals and any other Division where a final would involve a team containing a Victorian State player.

The finals on May 6 will be played at The National (Long Island site), Kew and Eastwood while the 2018 Division 1 Pennant Finals on May 20 will be played at Cranbourne. While the Division 1 Men’s and Women’s Finals have already been scheduled, the remaining 13 finals will be allocated following the final round of contests on 29 April.

All pennant results will be available on the Golf Victoria website at www.golfvic.org.au/pennant following the conclusion of each round.

GV Pennant continues next Sunday (22 April) at the following venues:

Men/Colts

Division 1 – Metropolitan

Division 2 – Sanctuary Lakes

Division 3 – Northern

Division 4 – Sandhurst

Division 5 – Berwick-Montuna

Division 6 (Men’s Pennant Only) – Melton Valley

Women

Division 1 – Heidelberg

Division 2 – Spring Valley

Division 3 – Box Hill

Division 4 – Medway

Friday Women’s Pennant

Friday Women’s Pennant will see Round five contests played on Friday 20 April at the following venues:

Division 1 – Eastwood

Division 2 – Kew

Division 3 - Latrobe

Division 4 – Ranfurlie

23 July 2018
A band of Aussies should be both justifiably proud of their efforts, yet at the same time leaving Carnoustie wondering what might have been. Read more
22 July 2018
Australia’s hopes at The Open were effectively reduced to two after a Tiger Woods-inspired third round of high-octane scoring at a near-defenceless ... Read more
23 July 2018
APOLLO BAY: Stroke: A: J Nankervis (18) 64. B: P Forbes (23) 63. Read more
MyGolf
Golf Victoria