The final round of the home and away matches in the Illawarra Pennant were held on Sunday. Division one saw Links Shell Cove progress straight into the final to be held on Sunday March 31 after a 3.5-1.5 win over The Grange. Jason Kast and Thomas Holz both had convincing 7/6 wins over Luke Rich and Glen Gibson respectively, with Dave Oppert the Links’ other winner with a 1 up win over Mitch Austin. Ben Howchin was the sole winner for The Grange 4/3 win over Bradley Wills. Danny Nesbitt and Trent Cadger halved the number one match. Kiama and Port Kembla met in the other match with Port Kembla coming out on top 3-2. The match saw the Jason and Eddie Ward clash again in the battle of father versus son, with father Jason coming out on top again with a 5/4 win. Mark Crossingham was Port Kembla’s other winner prevailing 5/4 over James Malin. Beau Fraser was Kiama’s winner winning 4/3 against Brad Watkins. The remaining two matches were halved. Port Kembla and Kiama will battle it out again on Sunday March 24 with the winner to progress to the final against Links Shell Cove the following week.
In division two all four teams were vying for a place in the final series and after the weekends results Wollongong qualified for the final after a tight tussle with Shoalhaven Heads, with four of the five matches decided on the 18th hole. Stephen Webb 2/1, Garry Murphy 2 up and Justin Craig 1 up ensured the Wollongong victory. Lachlan Maddinson and Luke Taylor were both 1 up winners for Shoalhaven Heads. The Vale defeated Links Shell Cove 4-1, winners for The Vale were Paul Fairall 5/4, Jason Cavanough 2/1, Jarrod Egbers 1 up and Jarrod Woolmer 4/3. Davey Gutierrez was successful for Links Shell Cove winning his match 1 up. With the win The Vale will play Shoalhaven Heads in the qualifying final on March 24, the winner earning the right to face Wollongong in the final.
The semi-finalists for the "C" pennant have been decided after the weekends final round. Port Kembla finished on top in division one after a hard fought 3-2 win over The Grange. Jamberoo claimed second with a strong 4.5-0.5 win over Wollongong. Division two saw slow starters Kiama who dropped their first two games finish on top with their 4-1 win over The Vale making it four straight wins. Links Shell Cove lost 3-2 against St Georges Basin. Links Shell Cove who were flying high on top only a fortnight ago suffered their second consecutive 3-2 loss to edge out St Georges Basin for the other semi-final spot after both teams finished level on points.
White Horse Cup
The final round in division one saw Gibraltar cause a major upset defeating Highlands at Highlands 5-1. The Grange were too good for Vincentia 4.5-1.5, with the other match saw St Georges Basin and Nowra 3-3 split the points. Gibraltar, The Grange and Highlands all finished on 6 points. Gibraltar progress winning the most individual matches.
Division two saw Moss Vale, leaders going into the final round go down to Bowral(1) 3.5-2.5. Jamberoo(1) and Shoalhaven Heads(1) 4-2 winners over Sussex Inlet(1) and Links Shell Cove(1) respectively. The division was exceptionally close with Jamberoo(1) 7pts edging out Moss Vale, Bowral(1) and Shoalhaven Heads(1) who all finished on 6pts.
Defending champions Kiama have qualified in division three. Going into the final round both Kiama and Port Kembla went in undefeated. Kiama needed to win as they trailed Port Kembla on games. The pivotal game being the number six match which saw Kiama's Dean Moore fight back from two down late in his match to square Tom Gower, the half point earning Kiama the win. The other match which had no bearing on the finals saw Wollongong thump The Vale 5-1.
Sussex Inlet(2) and Links Shell Cove(2) finished level on 6 points each after they both won 3.5-2.5 over Bowral(2) and jamberoo(2) respectively. Links Shell Cove can consider themselves unlucky, going through undefeated, however their two halved matches enabled Sussex with three wins and one loss to progress with a better for and against.
The Encourage Shield and "B" pennant still have one round to go with most finals series positions up for grabs.