The end of a competition can be emotional. As sectional play ends this week in Round 10, we say goodbye to a whole heap of new found friends, some of which we wont get to see again until next year. We can also have a bit of relaxation time without the grind of stacked weekends.
There has been a fair bit of exploration for Q7’s as our teams have ventured far and wide to form new relationships and at times, seek redemption as sometimes we have had to face opponents who once gave us a loss!
It has been a marvelous campaign for all three of our Q7’s teams. Highs and lows, but ultimately finishing our sections bigger and better!
Division 5 – Section 2 powered along all season. With a tremendous effort overall, they managed to come out in second place with a fantastic record of 7 wins and only 3 losses. An all round team with players of every caliber, they have given it their all and it has paid off! There is little doubt they will be making their way to the finals, but we will need to wait for confirmation.
The star players for Div 5 were Theo Hitz in rank 3, John Lampard in rank 7 and Craig Brown in rank 10. A great effort to make it into the top 10 players out of 80 participants in their section.
Division 6 – Section 4 obliterated their competition in a massive drive to be number 1 overall, finishing first ahead of Salisbury and scoring an extra 21 points overall. Their end summary of 8 wins and just 2 losses will surely give them the confidence they need to take their Q7’s campaign all the way to the end in the finals.
Given their excellent record, it’s no surprise to see 7 of their players all in the top 10 out of a total 77 players for Division 6 – Section 4. John Mitchell, Mark Fitzpatrick and Kevin Clark make up the top 3 respectively. The dynamic duo of Ray Collins and Clint Sheldon come in 5th and 6th, and the other pair of veterans – Peter Horne and Josh White rank in at 9 and 10. That is an amazing feat for McKenzie Park! Well done team!
Division 6 – Section 5 also proved their skill with a 8 win and 2 loss score card. Not quite able to catch Macleay Island in the end for the top spot, they came in a tidy second place overall and will surely see themselves with a position in the finals.
Five of their seven players making it into the top 10 out of 73 participants. Sandra Taylor ranked 5, John McMahon, Graeme Geary, Garry Cornish and Tony Price came in 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th. A great conclusion to their efforts and we can’t wait to see their progress in the future weeks as they are almost certain to acquire a spot in the finals.
We will need to wait patiently as the Q7’s committee tally up final scores and sift through each division and section, but we can be very confident that all three of our teams will obtain a position in the finals which starts on the 14th of April.
A special thanks to all our players, also to our reserves and managers as well as volunteers throughout the Q7’s season. A job well done by our selectors who made decisions each week to put our teams in best stead.
Another special thanks to Courtney Wright for travelling around with our teams and taking those happy snaps of the many photo bombers we have and also doing the tedious chore of running for our players when they got a tad thirsty!
Take a peek at the Q7’s Gallery: https://mckenziepark.com.au/gallery/q7-gallery-2023/
Complete results for all three teams: https://mckenziepark.com.au/results-2/q7-2023/
Good luck and well played everyone and we can’t wait to follow your finals journey!