For the first time since November last year, Nagambie is off the bottom of the division one Goulburn Valley Bowls Division ladder — and more importantly out of the relegation zone.
The Lakers defeated Hill Top 14-92 to 4-88 to simultaneously cruel the Hillbillies’ weekend pennant finals chances and significantly boost their own hopes of remaining in the top tier next season.
And they certainly enjoyed it.
‘‘It was a bloody good win,’’ Nagambie skipper Rob Page said.
‘‘And we bloody needed it too to get off the bottom.’’
The home side adjusted to conditions better during the day than the visitors, with sporadic high winds causing havoc on the green.
‘‘It was really windy,’’ Page said.
‘‘It was horrific because it wasn’t continuous, you’d get a big gust and then it would slow down.
‘‘But we adjusted well and it was a good win for Nagambie, now we just have to get a few points in the last two games.’’
Greg Brack’s rink led the way for the Lakers with a 34-20 win, while Page’s own foursome claimed victory 24-19.
Garry Russell (22-14) and Jock Hicks (27-20) found some consolation points for the Hillbillies, but the side is nine points behind fourth-placed East Shepparton and needs plenty of luck to fall their way in the final two rounds.
●Kyabram made a huge statement with finals on the horizon, smashing Shepparton Park 18-104 to 0-76 on their opposition’s own carpet green.
David Cartwright steered the Power’s biggest rink win in a 25-16 result against Paul Warren, while John Hausler outclassed Ross Higgins 25-17, Greg Shilling toppled Paul Nichols 28-22 and Rob George edged past Denis Smyth 26-21 to hand the Parkers their first loss on their favoured green all season.
●Shepparton Golf fought off a valiant East Shepparton to claim a 14-96 to 4-79 triumph, with David Daws’ rink securing a huge 38-12 result.
John Stokes also had a big win on his rink, taking out a 26-17 win, but Scott Adams (26-16) and Geoff Franze (24-16) snared points for East.
●Stanhope had a big 18-105 to 0-73 win against Seymour to boost its confidence.
Rob Ponton (33-16), Brad Robinson (23-17), Greg Fitzpatrick (27-21) and Shane Walsh (22-19) all steered their rinks to victory.