Bowlers ready to battle

March 03, 2018

Kyabram’s bowlers will have to be at their best when they face Goulburn Valley Bowls Division power Shepparton Golf for a spot in the division one grand final.

Both sides are in form and coming in off solid performances, Golf off a 65-shot dismantling of Nagambie and Kyabram off a quality win against fourth-placed Shepparton Park.

The showdown takes place at Stanhope, on greens expected to be absolutely flying.

Kyabram gave Golf a belting in round nine, winning 121-63, but coach David Cartwright put little stock in the result.

‘‘We look nothing into the result earlier in the season when we got a hold of them, they were mucking around with their sides a bit and they’ve tuned up well this time,’’ he said.

‘‘They’ve got depth, and high-quality players.

‘‘David Daws is having a fantastic year and Brad Orr is a quality player, but it’s their second-tier guys, their leads and seconds who set them up so well.’’

Golf’s quality across the board is plain to see, boasting three of the division’s top five rinks with Orr (number two), Daws (number four) and Brett Gunning (number five).

And its ability to put teams away has been shown in the past two weeks with monstrous wins against Seymour (134-64) and Nagambie (130-65).

‘‘There’s no doubt the last four weeks we’ve been able to produce four convincing wins, and that holds us in good stead,’’ coach Orr said.

‘‘The feeling in the group is great and we’re in really high spirits going in.

‘‘The long-term goal is (the premiership) but that’s still two or three weeks away and it’s one game at a time.’’

Cartwright, himself skipping the number one-ranked rink in the league, said battling Golf was always a big occasion.

‘‘We’re pretty excited, it’s always a good opportunity to play against the best,’’ he said.

‘‘Shepparton Golf is a powerhouse and has been since I’ve been in the competition.

‘‘Any chance to play them, you look forward to it and bowling as a unit the only way to take them down.’’

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