Shepparton Golf took maximum points from Saturday’s division one weekend pennant grand final rematch.
The Golfers endured a tight tussle against Shepparton Park before drawing away in the final stages of the Goulburn Valley Bowls Division encounter.
Coach Brad Orr held off a late charge from Glenn Thatcher to win his rink 19-17, while David Daws came from the clouds to sneak home against Kris Ferguson 20-19.
Col Power enjoyed his step-up to skipper with a 25-19 victory, while Brett Gunning put the foot down as his contest with Parkers coach Mark Ryan neared the finish line to win 27-15.
‘‘I was happy to get all rinks up in the end, we were 17 up heading into smoko and my rink was well up, but let it slip a bit towards the end,’’ Orr said.
‘‘My rink shouldn’t have let them back into the game, but it was good that the others were able to stamp their authority a bit.
‘‘Col had a good win over Jeff Anselmi and Stokesy did his job on my rink, so I think that move worked well.’’
The 18-91 to 0-70 win has the Golfers in third spot on the ladder, having won two matches in a row after stumbling at the first hurdle.
‘‘Obviously it’s going to be a pretty close competition, but to get East (Shepparton), Ky (Kyabram) and Park in the first three weeks was a tough draw, so it’s good to be two and one,’’ Orr said.
Meanwhile, the Parkers fell to the wrong side of the win/loss ledger with one victory from three matches.
Ryan was under no illusions as to who the better team on the day was against the Golfers, but thought the scoreline was misleading in the end.
‘‘It didn’t feel like that at all during the game, there were only six to eight shots in it with about 10 ends to go,’’ he said.
‘‘It was a lot closer than it looked, we were right in it for most of the day.’’
With regular skip Jarryd Tinning unavailable, Jeff Anselmi stepped up into the role and performed well.
‘‘I thought Jeff was pretty good against Col Power,’’ Ryan said.
‘‘But I was pretty disappointed with myself and the way I played, we weren’t on top of the conditions at all.’’
Tinning will again miss next week for his side’s clash against Seymour, which Ryan knows his charges must improve for.
‘‘We head down to Seymour next week now and we all know we’ve got to lift, especially in windy conditions,’’ he said.
●Kyabram moved to the top of the table with a huge win against Seymour.
David Cartwright was ruthless on the Seymour greens as his rink stormed to a 46-11 win, while Rob George (37-16) and Greg Shilling (26-25) also won their rink battles to secure the overall 16-131 to 2-75 result.
●Nagambie handed East Shepparton its first defeat of the campaign to showcase how even this season will be.
Only one victory separates first and last on the division one table, with every team tasting success and no side undefeated after just three rounds.
The Lakers were clinical on their home green, with Paul Nichols (31-21), Rob Page (26-21), Brett Spargo (39-24) and Daniel Nichols (28-20) pulling off the comprehensive 18-124 to 0-86 triumph.
●Stanhope had to work hard for its first win of the season.
Greg Fitzpatrick (30-23) and Scott Donaldson (31-22) spearheaded the 14-98 to 4-96 win against Hill Top with rink victories, while Jock Hicks (23-17) and Jeff McNaughton (28-20) flew the flag for the visitors.