Shepparton Golf may have only won one rink against Kyabram on Saturday, but that was enough to claim victory and top spot on the Goulburn Valley Bowls Division table.
Brad Orr’s division one charges finished the day with a 12-103 to 6-90 result against the Power in a preview of what is to come from these two outfits during the next month, and it was Orr himself who steered the Golfers home with a huge rink win.
With John Dagger (lead), Glenn Power (second) and John Gribble (third) giving him plenty of help up front, Orr was able to defeat Kyabram’s John Hausler 37-14 to provide a beacon for the rest of the Golfers to look towards during the contest.
It meant that although Greg Shilling (29-23), David Cartwright (24-22) and Rob George (23-21) were able to snare success for the Power, it was not enough to tip the overall board in their side’s favour.
‘‘Obviously come finals time you play a bit more to the overall board, if one rink’s going really well it allows the rest to relax a bit,’’ Orr said.
‘‘We went into smoko 18 shots up on our rink and they came at us after that, but we were able to extend it again.
‘‘It was good practice for what’s coming up to be playing to the overall board.’’
Golf has reclaimed the title of ladder leader by two points over the Power and the teams will not have to wait long to face-off once more with a qualifying final battle only a fortnight away.
‘‘To beat them twice in a year now gives us confidence going into the finals,’’ Orr said.
‘‘We’ve tried to get that consistency going and we were able to do that a bit more on Saturday, a couple of the rinks only went down by a few shots.
‘‘We’ll probably settle the side down now and back in the 16 we’ve got to get the job done.’’
●East Shepparton did what it had to do against Nagambie on Saturday, but cannot rest easily in fourth position just yet.
East coach Daniel Nichols was back in the skipper’s role and steered his rink to a 24-13 win in the 16-97 to 2-82 victory at the club’s Zurcas Lane facility — with Ash Lawlor (24-21) and Scott Adams (29-26) also getting the job done for the home side.
Des Fothergill and his Lakers’ rink snared a crucial two points for the visitors to keep their noses in front of Seymour in the battle for relegation.
●The two points Nagambie took from East Shepparton nearly paled in comparison to Seymour’s efforts against Shepparton Park though.
The Parkers came home from the trip south to Seymour with just 15 points after sneaking over the line by two shots, 15-88 to 3-86.
Coach Paul Nichols (22-all), Paul Warren (24-19) and Denis Smyth (21-13) all snared points for the Parkers, but Seymour’s Rob Baldwin was a shining light for the home side with a 32-21 belting of Ross Higgins.
●Hill Top moved within seven points of fourth spot on the table with an 18-118 to 0-78 triumph against Stanhope.
Putting last week’s disappointing loss to Nagambie behind them, the Hillbillies could not be stopped across Stanhope’s green — with Garry Russell (36-14), Jock Hicks (28-18), Murray Stark (26-21) and Jarryd Tinning (28-25) all snaring rink wins.