TONGALA has kept its perfect start to the Campaspe Valley Bowls Division (CVBD) weekend pennant season alive, but only just.
In Saturday's game against Rochester the final rink involving David Cartwright (skipper), Billie Hatzie, Scott Donaldson and David Townsend were forced to fight for their side's slender lead.
And they were able to deliver, playing out a 22-all draw with Rochester's team skippered by Richard Feuk.
The result saw Tongala come out on top 64 shots to 60, meaning they now sit two games clear on top of the ladder.
But club president Greg Lyon, who also plays in the division one team, said he and his teammates can't afford to look too far ahead.
“The competition is the most even it has been in years,” Lyon said.
“There is a magnificent feeling around the club right especially with our division four team doing so well at the same time.
“We know there is a long way to go but it would be great if we could go into the break undefeated.”
In other matches, Echuca got the better of Mathoura 79 shots to 68 while Moama beat Rich River by just two shots.
Meanwhile, Deniliquin grabbed local bragging rights after they secured a 28-shot victory over Deniliquin RSL.
In division two, Deniliquin, Echuca, Moama and Rochester all won their respective matches.
Mathoura's loss against Echuca was their first of the season.
Meanwhile in division three, Echuca, Elmore, Moama and Deniliquin all won their matches.
Division four action saw Echuca and Mathoura play out a thriller as the two sides were unable to be separated at the end of play.
Elsewhere, Lockington, Rich River and Tongala ran out winners.
Games played in division five were far from close as Deniliquin, Echuca, Elmore and Moama all scored big wins.
MOAMA continued to prove they are the team to beat in division one with a dominant 83-46 shot victory over Rich River.
After winning the first match by just four shots, the second game from the team of Mary Ann Spizer, Beryl Eddy, Rob Wastell and Lyn Rogan saw Moama well on their way to victory.
Sandra Connolly, Merilyn Rehe, Kath Wastell and Ron Bunting ensured their team would come away big winners after a 15-shot win in the final game.
In other matches, Mathoura ensured they moved ahead of Rochester on the ladder with a 1-shot win while Echuca secured victory over the winless Deniliquin.
Division two saw Echuca defeat Lockington by 28 shots, Elmore beat Rochester and Moama run out big winners against Rich River.
In division three, Echuca went down to Mathoura, Moama Red defeated Rich River, Moama Green got the better of Tongala and Ky Valley View edged out Deniliquin.