Patutahi, PB 1 to decide Oligoi Jug pennants title

Akroyd eyeing another interclub honour

Akroyd eyeing another interclub honour

WHEN it comes to the Oligoi Jug men’s interclub pennants, you could say Tony Akroyd “has been around”.

The 39-year-old has won pennants titles as a member of Poverty Bay, Park and, most recently, Patutahi teams.

His Tahi teammates like to give him a bit of stick about his club-hopping over the years, calling him a more crude word for “promiscuous”.

But it’s all in good fun and on Sunday, May 28, they will look to him for inspiration as team captain as he chases his ninth Oligoi Jug success in the 2017 final.

True to form and seedings, East Coast Farm Vets Patutahi face defending champions Poverty Bay (1) in the decider to be held on the Gisborne Park course.

PB (1) took the direct route to the final by defeating Patutahi 7-1 in the 1 v 2 non-elimination matchplay playoff at Poverty Bay last Saturday morning.

Tahi then beat 3 v 4 knockout winners Te Puia Springs 5-3 in the afternoon to set up a grudge final with their city foes on a neutral battlefield.

PB (1), back to full strength after their shock loss to Tolaga Bay the previous weekend, are vying for a third consecutive Jug win.

Tahi achieved that from 2012 — when they won it for the first time in the pennants’ then 23-year history — to 2014.

Three of the players involved in that treble remain — Akroyd, Shayde Skudder and Eddie Brown junior.

Such experience, however, is more than matched in the PB (1) squad through Simon Jeune, Peter Kerekere and William Brown.

As the Tahi learned on Saturday, you can’t afford to open the door for players of this quality.

Add to that the morning no-show of Patutahi’s fourth team member, Regan Hindmarsh, and the country boys found themselves up against it from the outset.

Hindmarsh missing his tee time gifted Kerekere two points although PB (1) went on to win two matches on the course and halve the other.

Pete Anderson beat Eddie Brown junior 3 and 2, Jeune’s Houdini-like short game saw off Skudder 4 and 3, and Akroyd and William Brown ended all-square.

Meanwhile, PB (2) and Te Puia Springs were fighting out a classic battle for survival in their sudden-death tussle.

John Wyllie put the Springs on the board with an 8 and 7 decimation of Tuki Sweeney. Matt Watts levelled it with a 5 and 4 thumping of Thomas Donovan. Andrew Higham, at the top of the order, put Te Puia back in front with a 4 and 3 win over Brent Colbert.

David Situ sent it to sudden-death when he pipped Jason Devery 1-up.

PB (2) captain Colbert put Situ up against Higham in the playoff. The pair halved the 10th hole, then Higham won the ninth to keep Te Puia in the title race.

The Springs-Tahi afternoon clash also went all the way.

Higham was impressive in dealing Akroyd his first loss of the series, 5 and 4, but Brown junior got past Devery 1-up and Skudder pasted a rusty Wyllie 6 and 5.

It was a nervous watch for both sides as Neil Mackie and Hindmarsh came down the par-4 18th all square — and you could have cut the tension with a spatula when Hindmarsh sent his second shot through the green.

He managed to chip on but well past the pin and missed his putt for par.

It left Mackie needing about a 12-footer with plenty of break for par, the win and to send the tie to sudden-death.
He missed and the exhalation of air from the Tahi members was hurricane-like.

Te Puia’s loss dropped them into the Pounamu Trophy playoff for third on May 28.

Situ fell just short in sudden-death against Higham but played a vital role as PB (2) beat Park 5-3 to fill the other Pounamu Trophy final berth.

Situ was flat with the card in his 6 and 5 defeat of Rob Taylor.

Colbert provided the other win — 2 and 1 over Jayden Bright — and late call-up Hamish Douglas halved with Park’s Sel Peneha.

Bo Huhu notched Park’s only win in beating Watts 3 and 2.

Park ousted a three-man Tolaga Bay 6-2 in their 5 v 6 morning clash.

Bruce Yates continued his unbeaten run at No.1 for Tolaga with victory over Bright.

But Peneha accounted for Joel Lincoln and Taylor downed Mickey Grant.

The other win and two points automatically went to Park.

Mackie, not required by Te Puia in the morning round, unofficially made up the numbers for Tolaga Bay.

He is also a club member of Poverty Bay hence the title he was given after play . . . “mercenary”.

WHEN it comes to the Oligoi Jug men’s interclub pennants, you could say Tony Akroyd “has been around”.

The 39-year-old has won pennants titles as a member of Poverty Bay, Park and, most recently, Patutahi teams.

His Tahi teammates like to give him a bit of stick about his club-hopping over the years, calling him a more crude word for “promiscuous”.

But it’s all in good fun and on Sunday, May 28, they will look to him for inspiration as team captain as he chases his ninth Oligoi Jug success in the 2017 final.

True to form and seedings, East Coast Farm Vets Patutahi face defending champions Poverty Bay (1) in the decider to be held on the Gisborne Park course.

PB (1) took the direct route to the final by defeating Patutahi 7-1 in the 1 v 2 non-elimination matchplay playoff at Poverty Bay last Saturday morning.

Tahi then beat 3 v 4 knockout winners Te Puia Springs 5-3 in the afternoon to set up a grudge final with their city foes on a neutral battlefield.

PB (1), back to full strength after their shock loss to Tolaga Bay the previous weekend, are vying for a third consecutive Jug win.

Tahi achieved that from 2012 — when they won it for the first time in the pennants’ then 23-year history — to 2014.

Three of the players involved in that treble remain — Akroyd, Shayde Skudder and Eddie Brown junior.

Such experience, however, is more than matched in the PB (1) squad through Simon Jeune, Peter Kerekere and William Brown.

As the Tahi learned on Saturday, you can’t afford to open the door for players of this quality.

Add to that the morning no-show of Patutahi’s fourth team member, Regan Hindmarsh, and the country boys found themselves up against it from the outset.

Hindmarsh missing his tee time gifted Kerekere two points although PB (1) went on to win two matches on the course and halve the other.

Pete Anderson beat Eddie Brown junior 3 and 2, Jeune’s Houdini-like short game saw off Skudder 4 and 3, and Akroyd and William Brown ended all-square.

Meanwhile, PB (2) and Te Puia Springs were fighting out a classic battle for survival in their sudden-death tussle.

John Wyllie put the Springs on the board with an 8 and 7 decimation of Tuki Sweeney. Matt Watts levelled it with a 5 and 4 thumping of Thomas Donovan. Andrew Higham, at the top of the order, put Te Puia back in front with a 4 and 3 win over Brent Colbert.

David Situ sent it to sudden-death when he pipped Jason Devery 1-up.

PB (2) captain Colbert put Situ up against Higham in the playoff. The pair halved the 10th hole, then Higham won the ninth to keep Te Puia in the title race.

The Springs-Tahi afternoon clash also went all the way.

Higham was impressive in dealing Akroyd his first loss of the series, 5 and 4, but Brown junior got past Devery 1-up and Skudder pasted a rusty Wyllie 6 and 5.

It was a nervous watch for both sides as Neil Mackie and Hindmarsh came down the par-4 18th all square — and you could have cut the tension with a spatula when Hindmarsh sent his second shot through the green.

He managed to chip on but well past the pin and missed his putt for par.

It left Mackie needing about a 12-footer with plenty of break for par, the win and to send the tie to sudden-death.
He missed and the exhalation of air from the Tahi members was hurricane-like.

Te Puia’s loss dropped them into the Pounamu Trophy playoff for third on May 28.

Situ fell just short in sudden-death against Higham but played a vital role as PB (2) beat Park 5-3 to fill the other Pounamu Trophy final berth.

Situ was flat with the card in his 6 and 5 defeat of Rob Taylor.

Colbert provided the other win — 2 and 1 over Jayden Bright — and late call-up Hamish Douglas halved with Park’s Sel Peneha.

Bo Huhu notched Park’s only win in beating Watts 3 and 2.

Park ousted a three-man Tolaga Bay 6-2 in their 5 v 6 morning clash.

Bruce Yates continued his unbeaten run at No.1 for Tolaga with victory over Bright.

But Peneha accounted for Joel Lincoln and Taylor downed Mickey Grant.

The other win and two points automatically went to Park.

Mackie, not required by Te Puia in the morning round, unofficially made up the numbers for Tolaga Bay.

He is also a club member of Poverty Bay hence the title he was given after play . . . “mercenary”.

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