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League heads down home straight

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on Tuesday, 10 July 2018 in News

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Derek Scullard of Mount Edgecombe Country Club. Photo Credit David Rush

 

THE premier league golf season is heading down the home straight with some absorbing fixtures set for this Sunday (15th).

In the blue pool, Durban Country Club host defending champions Mount Edgecombe CC for the return leg.

As it stands now, Mount Edgecombe CC top the log with six out of six possible points and 54,5 match points.

Durban CC are on five points and 53,5 match points, having lost away to Mount Edgecombe CC earlier in the year.

So this game is massive... and much depends on who is available for selection.

The Durban CC team (as of the time of writing) is: Jason Broomhead, Jono Broomhead, Sean Fenger, James Buzzard, Murray Gilson, Keith Forde, Clive Lazarus and David Watts.

They won't have their stars Matt Saulez, Clayton Mansfield and Chris Woollam available as they're in different parts of the world playing big events.

Mount Edgecombe CC's team is: Derek Scullard, Greg McKay, Siyanda Mwandla, Dave Brown, Dale Burraston, Graeme Inggs, Reece van Straaten and Luke van der Berg.

Although Mount Edgecombe will be favoured to win, the venue tends to be a tough for visiting teams.

It's not unreasonable to suggest that Durban CC could win 6,5-5,5 which would leave it down to match points in the final game.

On August 19, Mount Edgecombe CC will be away to Maritzburg GC and Durban CC away to Kloof.

Golf Club are third in this pool and will look to solidify this with a win against Toti away.

It's so close that should they lose, they could then finish last.

However, there's no threat of relegation as Northern KZN withdrew from the league.

In the red pool, Cotswold Downs should comfortably top the log and contest the final between either Mount Edgecombe CC or Durban CC.

They are on three points from four games and have 31 match points.

Royal Durban also have three points but from five games and have the same number of match points.

Umhlali CC and Durban CC '2' are on one and zero points from five and four games respectively.

Things are fairly interesting in the A section as well.

In the blue pool Southern KZN need a half at the very least against Mount Edgecombe 'A' (away) to win the pool.

Failing that, a half against Victoria CC away in August will be enough.

Even if this doesn't happen, should Victoria halve or lose to Midlands (away) this Sunday, then that's the pool decided.

If they do win, and beat Southerns in the last fixture, it could still not be enough on match points, should Southerns lose both narrowly.

So, it's all as clear as mud right now!

Zululand look to have the red pool wrapped up, although Maidstone and Prince's Grant can still reach five log points.

But they'd need Zululand to lose both their last two games, and rather heavily at that.

David Rush

 

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