In Grade 3, St Ives lost their match at Manly 47-72 (1/2 pt to 9 1/2). This leaves them at 2-2, one win behind the joint leaders Manly & Asquith.
In Grade 4, playing at home St Ives got the win against Forestville RSL 61-56 (9 pts to 1). That puts them joint top of the ladder at 3-1 with Asquith.
In Grade 6, the #1 side won at Asquith 66-58 (8 pts to 2). The #1s have a 3-1 record but still trail the unbeaten Belrose side on the ladder. Meanwhile the #2 side notched up a narrow home victory against Dee Why 56-53 (8 pts to 2) to level their record at 2-2. In this section the frontrunners are Harbord who have a 4-0 record.
As in Round 2, home advantage was the key factor in this week's results in the Pennants competition. Two wins at home and two losses on foreign soil was the summary of last Saturday's efforts.
At home, the Grade 4 side had a nice win against Warrawee 61-52 (9 1/2 pts to 1/2). That gives them 2 wins and 1 loss which puts them at the head of the section along with Asquith & Forestville RSL. The Grade 6 (2) side notched their first victory against Avalon, winning 55-44 (10 pts to 0).
Away from home the Grade 3 side suffered their first loss, 45-63 (1 pt to 9) against Asquith. There are now four teams with a 2-1 record: Manly, Asquith, Dee Why & St Ives. The Grade 6 (1) side went down against unbeaten Belrose, losing 49-66 (1 1/2 pts to 8 1/2). St Ives now trail the Bulls, in second place on the ladder with a 2-1 record.
Round 2 of the 2019 Pennants season was played out yesterday. The undoubted highlight was our Grade 3 side with an outstanding win at home over Harbord 72-23 (9 pts to 1). That sets the side up with a 2-0 record to begin the season.
Our other three teams all struggled away from home. In Grade 4 Asquith proved too strong winning 79-42 (10 pts to 0). In Grade 6, the No 1 side suffered a narrow defeat at Balgowlah 57-59 (1 pt to 9) and the No 2 side fell 46-57 (1 pt to 9) at Forestville RSL.
So here we go! Round 1 of the new Pennants season got underway with plenty of excitement despite a rather damp afternoon weatherwise. St Ives achieved some encouraging results to boost confidence across our teams.
In Grade 3 St Ives achieved a nice away victory at Dee Why winning 58-53 (8 pts to 2). The other three matches were all played on home turf. The Grade 4 side had an excellent win over Turramurra 65-61 (8 pts to 2). In grade 6, our No 1 side thumped Chatswood 61-45 (9 pts to 1) but it was a frustrating loss for the No 2 side against Manly. St Ives led for almost the entire match but on the 63rd end they were overhauled by the visitors losing 52-53 (1 pt to 9).
The 2019 Tapner Carnival concluded on Thursday with a very successful Jacobs Creek Shield competition with 14 teams of nine players (pair, triple & four) each battling it out and filling our greens to capacity. Conditions were perfect with mild temperatures and only a very modest breeze for the players to contend with. The result was as close as it could possibly be with two sides locked on the same number of wins; the same shot margin and the same number of ends won. As per the conditions of play the final decider was the largest margin in the pairs and by that factor it was Denistone who were named as winners with North Epping the runners-up.
In his remarks during the presentation, Tapner organiser Peter Sullivan noted that this was a first-appearance win for Denistone. He also noted that this was the first time the Shield had gone to a club from outside Zone 9. He playfully challenged all the other clubs present to work hard to bring the Shield back to the Zone next year!
The Best Pair winners were Belrose; the Best Four prize went to Lindfield Rollers and St Ives carried away the Best Triple honours. Well done to Ross Yates, Chris Wood and George Rosettenstein. Overall St Ives 1 came 3rd and our No 2 side (last minute entries when another club had to withdraw) came 6th.
This was a great day for all the participants but it was only possible due to the efforts of a large number of volunteers to help with lunch, refreshments, etc. Thanks to all who gave up their time to make this such a good day for St Ives Club.
What an exciting day today - Di McBryde won the North Shore District Singles title against Sue Meares from Killara. It was a fantastic game. Di got away to a strong start and was leading 13:1. When Sue got the mat she started gaining ground. The score was 13:8 when Di killed the end. At 18:8, Di was going well. After a few more ends, Sue trailed the jack back, making 4 - the score was 20:17. Di steadied her nerves and pulled away again, winning 25:17. It was an excellent match!