Shepparton Park’s reign as Edna Harling Shield champion has stretched to a fourth year with another dramatic Goulburn Valley Bowls Division midweek division one win.
In a contest fitting of a grand final, Park edged Shepparton Golf to pinch two of three rinks on offer and produce a 63-55 win.
A fourth straight win for Park — the first time that has happened in club history — was made possible by Di Hands and Bev Cahill, who delivered 26-18 and 22-13 wins respectively to put the side in a winning position.
Kristine Wright wouldn’t go down without a fight as her rink won comfortably 24-15, but it wasn’t enough as Park claimed a quality win.
Hands said despite the score, it had never been easy for her team.
‘‘It was tight, and nip and tuck all day,’’ she said.
‘‘It was hard, good bowls and a fantastic match; exactly what finals are meant to be like.’’
Park’s depth of talent was on show, winning well despite a rare loss for number-one-ranked skip Marika Armstrong.
Golf had stormed from third on the ladder to make the decider, and fired a warning shot to Park in round nine with a 72-67 win, but couldn’t get it done on the big stage.
But Hands knew the quality of the Golf team, hinting it was what made the premiership win so rewarding.
‘‘Of course, and it’s four in a row too now, so we’re very happy,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s a culmination of your whole year, you’re training, putting it together and getting teams settled.
‘‘It’s very enjoyable, and I’m sure a bit of celebrating will go on tonight.’’