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Bowlers flock to Shepparton Park

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December 17, 2016

Could Kialla become the new collective noun for lawn bowlers?

If today is anything to go by, the answer should be a resounding yes.

A total of 96 bowlers will be on the greens at Shepparton Park Bowls Club today with three matches being played at the state-of-the-art facility.

In the premier Allan Matheson Shield, the Parkers host Stanhope.

The match begins at the earlier start time of 12.30pm, with Shepparton Park playing Euroa in division one.

Both of those contests will be played under the roof on the carpet, while the division four battle between Park and East Shepparton is being contested on the grass green.

Shepparton Park club spokesperson Graeme Ball said the multitude of bowlers would ensure a great atmosphere in the final round before the Christmas break.

‘‘You don’t get 96 players at one venue too often, especially in the local competition,’’ Ball said.

‘‘From our aspect it is a big week for the Shepparton Park Bowls Club.

‘‘We’re also having our annual Christmas function on Saturday night after play.’’

Of the three matches being played, the premier contest could well be in division one, where Park can keep its top-four hopes on track against top side Euroa.

The major selection news is the move of Di Hands to skip for the first time.

Hands, one of the leading female bowlers in the region and a star performer in the Edna Harling Shield midweek competition, steps up to replace Don Dickinson in the role.

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