No Payne but some gain due to Duntryleague's depth

DUNTRYLEAGUE takes on Bathurst on Sundayin the Central West District Golf Association division one pennants semi-finals minus its star player.

Duntryleague skipper Robert Payne is unavailable for the clash. Despite conceding Payne’s absence leaves a sizeable hole in Duntryleague’s line-up, Rob Parfett is confident the remainder of the team will stand up and be counted.

“We have a lot of depth in our team,” Parfett said.

“Payney is a hard player to replace, but I think we’ve got the players to get the job done.”

Duntryleague welcomes back Dean Turner for the clash and, after going through the regular season undefeated, will enter the semi-final heavy favourites.

Bathurst only lost one game on its way to the play-offs, and boast a powerful line-up, Parfett said.

“They’ll have Jarryd Bird and Phil Campbell at the top, so they’ll be strong,” Parfett explained.

“They’re a good side, a strong side with plenty of experience and depth.”

Duntryleague played Bathurst at the same point in the 2013 pennant series, with the former scraping through 3-2.

With the scores locked at 2-all, Craig Stojanovic separated the clubs with a win on the 21st, the third play-off hole.

“That loss will definitely give them motivation,” Parfett said.

“Especially the way they lost, they had us all day and we got through by the skin of our teeth.”

Duntryleague is gunning to have all four teams in the semi-finals, with divisions one, three and four all qualifying first in their pools. 

After finishing tied for second in division two, Duntryleague clashes with Parkes at Wellington on Saturday to determine which team will meet Dubbo in tomorrow’s semi-final.

“It would be nice to have all four in the semis, and then all four in the finals,” Parfett said.

“Division two are a good side, and division three are as well. In division four anything could happen.”

Duntryleague takes on Bathurst at Ex-Services’ Country Club on Sunday.

n DUNTRYLEAGUE: Dean Turner, Rob Parfett, Craig Stojanovic, Mal Gregor, Wayne Carpenter.

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