Dan the man back as skip

December 12, 2016

Nagambie’s blistering form in the Allan Matheson Shield continued with a demolition job on Shepparton RSL on Saturday.

Nagambie’s blistering form in the Allan Matheson Shield continued with a demolition job on Shepparton RSL on Saturday.

The Lakers made it five wins on the bounce and consolidated fourth spot on the top flight Goulburn Valley Bowls Division ladder courtesy of the 18-131 to 0-68 triumph.

One of the major talking points from the success was the successful return of Daniel Nichols.

Nichols was lured from a break to cover the absence of skip Brett Spargo and enjoyed a fine day out in a 43-16 win against Boydie Jones.

‘‘I enjoyed it, I do miss everyone at Nagambie, they are a great bunch of blokes,’’ Nichols said.

‘‘I’ve got to give credit to Brian Nisbet and Mick Nolan, who did 90 per cent of the work to make it easy for me.’’

Nagambie enjoyed a clean sweep of the rinks with Paul Nichols outgunning Dennis McHarry 35-20, Rob Page downing Graeme Canobie 33-16 and Greg Brack prevailing in a tight contest with Phil McCann by five shots.

Nichols echoed the sentiments that the Lakers are low-flying.

‘‘It has been a 360 degree turnaround after those four losses early in the season to win the past five in a row,’’ he said.

‘‘You walk in the club and the mood is really positive. All four rinks played well, although Shepparton RSL struggled a bit to handle the carpet.’’

The cream rose to the top in round nine as all top four sides enjoyed success.

Shepparton Park recorded a hard-fought 14-91 to 4-82 away win at Kyabram.

The Parkers could attribute victory to the rinks of Denis Smyth and Jarryd Tinning.

Smyth accounted for Greg Shilling 30-16 and Tinning defeated Rob Sceney by 11 shots.

David Cartwright’s blistering form continued for Ky, overpowering Mark Ryan 28-14, while Peter O’Brien edged out Kris Ferguson 19-17 on the other rink.

Hill Top gave Shepparton Golf a fright, but the competition’s pacesetter walked away with a lion’s share of points thanks to a 14-96 to 4-89 triumph.

Brad Orr set the tone for Golf with a 14-shot defeat of Jeff McNaughton and John Hallam won a tight tussle against Justin Spedding 25-21.

Jock Hicks and John Stokes played a thriller, with Hill Top’s Hicks saluting 29-28 and Murray Stark proved too strong for David Daws 26-16.

East Shepparton left Stanhope with a 14-93 to 4-84 win.

Josh Thornton’s unbeaten status remained intact thanks to a 29-15 defeat of Dave Millard and Geoff Franze downed Tim Hancock 23-19.

Shane Walsh and Jordan Thornton staged a battle royale, with Walsh emerging triumphant 25-24 and Rob Armstrong defeated Josh Rudd 25-17.

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