Top-two spot on line

January 13, 2018

Has got the form: Paul McInnes was part of Kyabram's only winning rink last time the outfit faced Shepparton Golf, and will be important again today in the return fixture.

Kyabram and Shepparton Golf go toe-to-toe on the green today, with a top-two spot on the line.

The Goulburn Valley Bowls Division heavyweights are equal on points in second and third on the division one ladder and today’s victor will create a crucial gap on their opponent.

Shepparton Golf’s players have been in great form outside of the pennant format recently — with David Daws, John Stokes and Brett Gunning all impressing — and will be hoping to transfer the success into today’s match.

‘‘A lot of people have had good years outside of pennant, but your main aim is pennant success so hopefully they can bring that form across,’’ Golf coach Brad Orr said.

‘‘We’re still aiming for a top-two spot and the winner of this will go a game ahead of the other so there’s plenty to play for.’’

Last time the teams met, Golfers claimed a 26-shot win away from home, with Kyabram hoping to reverse that result in the return fixture.

‘‘We’ve made a few changes since then and our bowlers are bowling well so it’s all positive,’’ Kyabram coach David Cartwright said.

‘‘We know Golf is still a powerhouse in this association and their depth is a credit to what they’re doing as a club, (but) we’ll give them a run.

‘‘A few guys have been given an opportunity this week and hopefully they play well enough to hold their spot.’’

With most weekend pennant sides in line for finals action, Cartwright was pleased with the overall health of his club.

‘‘We’re looking for at least three teams (of four) to be playing finals at the end of the season,’’ he said.

‘‘As a club we’re in a good spot.’’

News sports editor Lauren Bordin is the special guest on this morning’s Goulburn Valley Bowls Division show, which you can hear from 8am on 98.5FM.

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