There is nothing to separate champions Mount Lawley and Royal Perth at the top of the Women’s Pennants Division One ladder as a closely-fought season took another twist at the weekend.
Lake Karrinyup had led going into the fourth round of matches at WA Golf Club, only to suffer their first reverse of the season when going down to Royal Fremantle 4-3.
The defeat dropped Lake Karrinyup down the fourth and opened the door for Royal Perth and Mount Lawley to leapfrog back ahead of them – an opportunity both accepted emphatically.
Royal Perth were comfortable 6-1 winners against Mandurah while Mount Lawley recorded a whitewash 7-0 win over Cottesloe to leave the two clubs locked together at the top on six points.
And the two leaders can also not be separated on individual matches won and lost, with a identical 19-9 records, to set the stage ahead of their crucial clash at Royal Fremantle next weekend.
Defeat in that match could prove decisive to their hopes of reaching the final with Lake Karrinyup, who have beaten both leaders already this season, having the advantage of a match in hand.
Royal Fremantle are also in the mix after they revived their hopes of reaching the final, which will be staged on June 25, with the win over Lake Karrinyup as Saasha Callaghan won the decisive top-ranked match against the previously unbeaten Jenny Herbst on the 18th green.
Isabell Utama, Candice High and Jaks Scott also picked up wins for Royal Fremantle as they also moved ahead of Lake Karrinyup on four points, albeit having also played a match extra.
Western Australia state team member Kirsten Rudgeley led the champions’ whitewash over Cottesloe, with a 8&6 victory, with Alice Chang, Alison Coffey, Eve Cohen, Alysha Ahnantakrishnan, Christine Rebolledo and Regan McOmish also picking up wins.
Royal Perth’s one-way win over Mandurah was sealed by victories from Chelsea Babbe, Yeah Jin-Lee, Danielle Dann, Claire Slattery, Dawn Nosworthy and Sue Hoare.
Wanneroo joined Melville Glades at the top of the Division Two ladder with a perfect record from three matches after edging past The Vines 4-3.
WA women’s captain Georgia Shears secured the decisive match 1up over Brooke Price after Helen Pulinger, Jocelyn Hutchinson and Sonet Coetzee put Wanneroo on the brink of victory.
Melville Glades were not in action, as the course hosted the fourth round of matches, and will meet Wanneroo next weekend in a top-of-the-table clash at The Vines.
Both clubs hopes of making the final were boosted as third-placed Lake Karrinyup lost to Mount Lawley, who secured their first win of the season 6-1.
Royal Perth are the team to beat in Division Three following a thumping 6-1 victory over third-placed Cottesloe, that left them with a perfect record after four rounds.
Royal Perth have won a remarkable 25 out of a possible 28 individual matches so far this season and appear destined to make the final.
Gosnells are their closest challengers, two points behind, after a 6-1 win over Lakelands while WA Golf Club racked up their first win of the campaign by the same margin against Melville Glades.
WA Golf Club lead the way in a tightly-packed Division Four, with three wins from three matches, after defeating The Vines 5-2 at Mandurah Country Club.
There are four clubs behind them locked on four points after Royal Perth handed Royal Fremantle their first loss 4-3, while Mount Lawley also edged Cottesloe 4-3.
The race to reach the final in Division Five appears to be a contest between five clubs with just a single point separating them.
Wanneroo and Nedlands both snuck ahead to the top of the ladder, with five points, after they beat Mount Lawley and Joondalup respectively by a 5.5-1.5 margin.
Wanneroo trio Pam Willems, Emily Nolan and Kalpna Patel have won all three of their individual matches this season.
WA Golf Club were 4.5-2.5 winners against Lake Karrinyup to join them on four points, along with round four hosts Royal Fremantle in a tight field.
Cottesloe are the only club with a perfect record in Division Six after claiming a second successive win 5.5-1.5 over Mount Lawley on their home track.
Nedlands moved into second place with a 6-1 win over Lakelands with Wanneroo just behind after a 4-3 success against Sea View.
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