The prospects for winning pennant flags in successive seasons receded yesterday afternoon as our teams fought but ultimately were unable to keep pace with the top sides.
In Grade 3, St Ives went down narrowly at Harbord 62-67 (1 pt to 9) which leaves Manly & Asquith on top of the ladder with Harbord & Dee Why leading the chase.
In Grade 4, the table-topping Asquith side came to play and won handsomely 72-35 (10 pts to 0). That result all but wraps up the section for the Roos.
In Grade 6, every match was a must-win for the #1 side in pursuit of Belrose who topped the ladder going into Round 7. Balgowlah were the visitors to St Ives and they came away with an impressive win 68-52 (8 pts to 2). It looks like a two-horse race now in Section 1 with Belrose one win ahead of Balgowlah. St Ives have the chance to upset the race if they can beat Belrose at home in Round 8.
The only St Ives winners in Round 7 were the Grade 6 (2) side who fought off the challenge from Forestville RSL to win a close match 56-54 (9 pts to 1). Harbord remain unbeaten in Section 2 and look sure to progress.
A perfect autumn day weather-wise for the ANZAC day commemorations at St Ives Club! Club Chairman Kevin Latham led the well-attended 11 o'clock ceremony along with the President of the Women's Bowling Club, Di McBryde. Harley Sugden did sterling work playing The Last Post and Reveille while Penny Howell was on hand to lead the singing of The Recessional and the National Anthem.
A traditional barbeque lunch followed and the afternoon saw a familiar set of activities to entertain the big, family-oriented crowd attending:-
A successful & appropriate remembrance of the ANZAC tradition enjoyed by all.
Round 6 of this year's Pennants competition proved unrewarding for St Ives as all four of our sides went down on Saturday.
In Grade 3, playing at home against Dee Why, we suffered a disappointing loss 48-52 (1 pt to 9). That leaves the 3s with a 3-3 record and chasing the ladder leaders Asquith (5-1) who won their top of the table clash with Manly.
The Grade 4 side were away at Turramurra and for the second week in a row they suffered a heartbreaking loss 60-63 (1 pt to 9). Asquith now have a 2-win edge over the rest in this section.
In Grade 6, the #1 side were beaten 47-67 away to Chatswood (1 1/2 pts to 8 1/2). As some consolation the ladder leaders Belrose also lost heavily at Balgowlah so the 1s are still only one win behind. The #2 side came up just short away to Manly 61-69 (2 pts to 8). Harbord seem to have this section sewn up with an impressive 6-0 record.
The pattern of St Ives' 2019 Pennants season was seen again in Round 5: strong performances on our own green but disappointment when playing away from home.
The two home fixtures this week both resulted in 10-0 wins for St Ives. In Grade 3, St Ives won 72-45 over Avalon. That leaves St Ives one win behind the joint leaders: Manly & Asquith. In Grade 6, the #1 side had an excellent 74-44 win over Warrawee. The 6 (1)s remain one win behind the unbeaten Belrose.
Away from our green, the Grade 4 side fell to a disappointing & close loss to Chatswood 52-56 (2 pts to 8). St Ives now slip into second place, one win back from Asquith. Our Grade 6 (2) side went down to the unbeaten Harbord side 49-65 (1 pt to 9).
We're halfway through the Pennants season and here's how the grades are standing:-