Palmerston North Golf Club won the Handicap Pennant competition for 2019, and now all eyes are on the B Grade final this weekend. The two finalists are Feilding and Marton, after Feilding defeated Castlecliff 5 - 4 in one semi final, and Marton defeated Manawatu 7 - 2 in the other. The semi finals were played at Rangatira Golf Club. Best of luck to Marton and Feilding in that final. The venue will probably be Levin, alongside the A Pennant round 7 match.
The round robin of the A grade competition has its final round this weekend at Levin, which now is looking likely to be down to 3 teams for a place in the final. Manawatu, Palmerston North and Feilding are those 3 teams, all sharing 15 points currently. Although Levin, on 12 points, may still have a mathematical chance, although extremely slim. Palmerston North and Manawatu are playing each other, so the winner of that match will guarantee a place in the final - a draw will see Manawatu progress with a good margin on individual games won over the season. Feilding plays Wanganui, who are one of the teams in the close battle for relegation. A win to Feilding will see them become the other finalist. A number of scenario's can still playout, including which team gets the home advantage in the final. If Manawatu beat Palmerston North then the final will be at Manawatu, but depending in which way results go, it could also be at either Feilding or Palmerston North.
A big battle is also set up for the two teams that are relegated to B grade for next season. Currently Wanganui, Taihape and Hawkestone, all share 3 points, and are separated by just half and individual game. Taihape come up against the home team Levin, which maybe a tough game for them, and Wanganui faces Feilding in another tough match. Hawkestone comes up against Foxton, and with Foxton on just 6 points is also a mathematical chance of finishing in the bottom 2, if they lose to Hawkestone, and either Taihape or Wanganui also win. A number of scenario's can playout in the relegation battle.
All the best to every team this weekend with every team having something to play for.