STEP ONE FOR MONA VALE TO REPEAT THEIR 2017 STATE PERFORMANCE


ZONE 2's 2019 FLAG WINNERS, MONA VALE
Photograph:IAN GLOVER
I Glover, Friday, 24 May 2019

MONA VALE, BACK: Rod Hummelstad, Graeme Wong, Steve Clark, Roger Manning, Jason DeBerg, Kevin O'Bryan, Wayne Fletcher. FRONT: Stuart McLeod, Adam Glew, Gary Quince, Brad Landi, Mark Blackwood

   

MONA  VALE'S  CHANCE  FOR  

                A  SECOND  STATE  FLAG   

THE decision to drop out of grade 1 and play 2's in local pennants may not have pleased all concerned in the Mona Vale camp, however the upside is they now have the opportunity to prove they can win a second in the space of two years.

While Norths' also opted out and fielded a 2's side. they failed to live up to the expectations of their supporters. 

Similar discussions as to "should we" are a frequent topic over the high stool tables at the Harbord club, although it appears the jury is still out.

The general consensus believe a decision by BNSW  would be to either revert back to the original zone 1 pennants for the less financial clubs and allow those with a high disposable revenue to run their own race. 

Although Mona Vale finished only one and a half points ahead of Dee Why on the sectional table, their overall points differential was to say the least, impressive. 

                             THE FINAL

The final was played on Harbord's traditional "TV" green and the rinks closest to the club house afforded an unusually subdued crowd the best seats in the house.

Conditions for a zone play off were best in living memory.

The summer-like day saw the green clocked a tad under 16, and the occasional zephyr of an easterly breeze was more of a relief rather than hindrance.  

While there were plenty of acknowledgements for good shots, if the pennant table was any guide, if was an even money bet.

However, finals can be an entirely different kettle of fish. 

In the early stages the lead change several times, however as the game progressed it was obvious that Mona Vale's overall experience resulted in them drawing away for a convincing win. 

A flag win for Dee Why would have been a great boost for club morale, considering their last 2's pennant win was in 2002 and several capable players have come on board. 

FINAL SCORE: Mona Vale 63, Dee Why 45.

The State play off venue is the South Coast's St George's Basin/Huskisson area.

DEE WHY SIDE: BACK: Sam Owen, Rye Berry, Peter Morron, Dave Duffy, Derek Woodhouse, Paul Somers, Brendan Brown, Shane Morris. FRONT: Andy Townsend, Brad Langelaar, Trent Goffin, Scott Garrick

 

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ZONE 2's 2019 PENNANT RUNNER'S-UP, DEE WHY
 
 
 


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