Coasters on track for pennant honours
The Coasters are the team to beat in this year's senior invitational pennant following last weekend's second round action at Stratford.
The Revital Fertilisers Coasters had a convincing 4-2 victory over the Jennian Homes Hornets.
Once again the Coasters were the benefactors of playing a team that had to find late replacements due to unexpected withdrawals, including the unfortunate unavailability of their No 1 for the tie, Dominic Barson, due to injury.
However, it was the results from numbers threes down to six that went the Coasters way, as they won four out of four.
In the match between Taranaki Hardcore Rebels and Pita Pit Pirates, the honours went to the Rebels with a comfortable 4½-1½ win.
Playing at No 1 for the Rebels, Jamie Reid recorded his second straight win of the series with a 2/1 victory over Mark Kennard.
The final match of the round saw the Taranaki Golf Centre Pumas prove too strong for the Vanburwray Vipers, winning 4-2.
The Puma's Zach Lewis bounced back well from his opening round defeat with a convincing 5/4 win over Brook Gray. The only bright spots for the Vipers, were No 1 Kerry Otene's 2/1 victory over Fletcher Broderick, while veteran Daryl Baird showed all his experience in beating Michael Sharp 4/3.
This Sunday the pennant series moves to Te Ngutu, where the Vanburwray Vipers will be looking to register their first point of the season against the Jennian Homes Hornets.
Hopefully both sides will be able to field their listed teams for the first time.
The Hornets will be boosted by the first appearance of their No 1 Tim White, who was unavailable for the first two rounds.
The unbeaten Coasters take on Taranaki Hardcore Rebels in what should be a close contest. These two teams are already shaping up to be the likely top finishers.
Taranaki Golf Centre Pumas are the team most likely to upset that prediction, and will want to take maximum points against Pita Pit Pirates to ensure they occupy one of the top spots after this weekend.
Fitzroy Golf Club completed their men's strokeplay championships at the weekend.
Jamie Reid won his fifth successive senior title with an even par 204 (65, 68, 71) which was enough for a three-shot win from Brian Rowland 207 (71, 64, 72).
In the intermediate division Dan Manu 229 (76, 80, 73) held out Ata Nui 233 (78, 78, 77). Danyon Doeg 253 (79, 83, 91) won the juniors and Connor Stott 283 (99, 89, 95) the limits.
Taranaki Daily News