Ky has found happy place

November 13, 2017

Back with a vengeance: Kyabram's Russell Locke made an immediate impact in his return to the side.

Saturday’s Goulburn Valley Bowls Division contests served to reshuffle the top four in the competition’s highest section.

But the one constant that remained was Kyabram’s spot at the head of the table.

Having contested a top-two clash against Nagambie, Kyabram finished well ahead as it sent the Lakers down to fourth.

Kyabram claimed a decisive 16-108 to 2-79 victory at home to build a two-point buffer on after previously standing on equal points with Nagambie.

Kyabram coach David Cartwright heads into a busy Victorian Open schedule in scintillating form.

His rink has lost only to reigning Shepparton Golf premiership coach Brad Orr in round two, during Kyabram’s only loss of the season to date.

On Saturday, Cartwright’s men achieved the rare feat of keeping Daniel Nichols quiet to finish the day a huge 20 shots ahead, 37-17.

Cartwright said his foursome of Rob Sceney, Kelvin Hubble and Jim Oliver was combining well.

‘‘We just bowled better than their rink collectively, Jim bowled well as did Kelvin and myself and Rob mopped up the odd bowl every now and then,’’ he said.

‘‘We all get on well as a club and we’re all in a happy place and all bowling well as a club, which is the main thing.’’

Cartwright was prepared for Nagambie to head to his club’s home greens full of fire on Saturday.

‘‘We knew that after Nagambie beat East Shepp this would be a danger game and (coach) Paul Nichols always has them well motivated,’’ he said.

Paul Nichols was the only Nagambie skip to win his rink, taking a seven-shot victory against George Thornley.

With Russell Locke back playing in the top flight for the first time since round one, his experience was a welcome addition.

Leading a strong team, Locke doubled Robert Page’s tally to take the rink 28-14.

Cartwright was impressed with the performance of Kelvin Beacon, who stepped into his first division one match in the GV division.

Coming from Melbourne, Beacon played second to Rob George as the rink secured a narrow two-shot victory against Brett Spargo.

Cartwright was pleased with where his team was heading, with many players taking the opportunity to train outside designated times.

Shepparton Park was unlucky not to gain full points against Seymour, instead needing to settle for a draw, 11-92 to 7-92.

The Parkers claimed three rink victories with Mark Ryan’s the largest as he dominated with an eight-shot win.

Jeff Anselmi chipped in with a three-shot win as Leigh Clark snuck home by just two shots in his skipping debut.

But with Glenn Thatcher belted by 13 shots in the final rink, the match points were shared between the sides.

Regardless, the result was enough to send the struggling Parkers a spot up the ladder into fifth position, eight points behind Nagambie.

Golf sits at the heels of Kyabram after taking care of the lowly ranked Stanhope, 14-110 to 4-85.

Orr disposed of Tim Hancock in fine fashion, with 31 shots the final margin.

Orr again could rely on Col Power, who was too strong for Shane Walsh, but the remaining rinks fell Stanhope’s way.

Greg Fitzpatrick claimed a 10-shot victory against skipping debutante John Gribble, while Scott Donaldson defeated Brett Gunning, but the efforts were not enough to swing the game in Stanhope’s favour.

East Shepparton climbed a spot to third after a narrow victory against Hill Top.

Hillbillies skip Jeff McNaughton had an upset on the cards after prevailing against Nick Boyd by 15 shots.

But Jordan Thornton was bearing no thought of that as he steamed to a 34-17 defeat of Murray Stark.

With Geoff Franze also taking a rink victory and Robin Squire going down by just one shot, East increased its buffer over the bottom four.

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