Bowlers cross fingers

December 02, 2017

Get out your rain jacket: Goulburn Valley bowlers will need to pull out the wet weather gear if they are able to get onto the greens today.

The more bowls the better in the Goulburn Valley.

And with only 14 rounds in this year’s competition, down from 18 matches last year, every round is precious.

That is why the committee is waiting until the last minute to decide on whether matches will be played today.

While some sports and events were called off during the week, the Goulburn Valley Bowls Division match committee will meet today to decide on the outcome.

Tatura’s Phil Boyd is GVBD greens committee director and said greens keepers will inspect the surfaces and report back.

‘‘It’s usually up to the greens keeper to make that decision and they usually inform the matter to the Saturday match committee and if it’s going to be all called off they’ll (match committee) ring the clubs and inform them,’’ he said.

‘‘Our greens keeper at Tat is pulling all the plugs to make sure the water gets away as quickly as possible.’’

The worst conditions Boyd can recall playing in was at a tournament in Queensland, where there was a tropical deluge.

‘‘It rained all morning and I finished up drenched by dinner time because we kept playing and then by the end of the day I was dry as a bone because the sun came out after dinner,’’ he said.

With 50 per cent of games in each section of the GVBD needing to be finished for a result to count, not even the undercover greens at Shepparton Park may see action.

The Parkers’ division three and division four sides are scheduled to play at home, as co-tennant Shepparton RSL is fixtured to host a division two clash against Kyabram.

Should matches be cancelled Shepparton Park plans to make use of its facilities by pitting its top tier and second division teams against each other in a practice match.

But if there is enough sunshine the Parkers’ division one side will head across town to East Shepparton in the search for their first outright win since round two against Stanhope.

Following last week’s loss to Nagambie, Trevor Serafini has moved from playing second in Jarryd Tinning’s rink to joining playing-coach Mark Ryan’s rink.

The move means Gavin Flanagan will skip in Shepparton Park’s division two match against Shepparton Golf.

Stanhope is hoping its seven-shot win against Seymour last week was the catalyst for an improved season.

Today it faces a stern test against Nagambie as the Lakers continue to produce a consistent season.

Playing-coach Paul Nichols is leading the way as top skip of the entire competition and is the only skip to have won every rink he has contested.

A match against the Lakers will be a strong showing of whether the fifth-placed Stanhope is deserving of a finals berth.

Shepparton Golf is top of the table and has played in some solid victories but its best is yet to come.

With the rest of the competition aware of what the reigning premier can produce, Golf should coast past Seymour on its home greens.

After a long week of bowls during the Victoria Open took its toll on Kyabram players, they will return refreshed to host Hill Top.

As a blistering start to the season was undone by East Shepparton which did not allow Kyabram a sniff into last weekend’s match, David Cartwright’s side will be looking to make amends.

But Hill Top has another plan, as the Hillbillies look to adjust quickly to the handful of changes made since last week.

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