GVBD | Allan Matheson Shield round four preview

By Alex Mitchell

Allan Matheson Shield surprise packet Euroa will look to continue its strong start to the season when it heads to Nagambie today for a round four clash.

While all bowlers will be fresh after last weekend's washout, the Magpies’ finest will be keen to get back in action after a great start to their time in the top tier, pushing Shepparton Park within three shots before a breakthrough two-shot win against Hill Top in round two.

But the Lakers are also 1-1 heading to the match, having taken down Stanhope by 12 shots first-up before copping a 36-shot reality check from Shepparton Golf a week later.

Euroa's Ken Sutcliffe has started the season in commanding form, winning his rinks 21-19 and 26-18 to remind the association exactly what the reigning GVBD Champion of Champions is capable of.

For Nagambie, Robert Page and Robert Smith both took rink wins against Stanhope, but the side did not come up with a successful win against Golf.

Elsewhere, grand finalist East Shepparton will look to get its campaign heading in the right direction when it takes on Hill Top away from home.

East could not stay with Kyabram in round one in a narrow nine-shot defeat and was held to a draw by Stanhope in round two, despite a commanding 10-shot win from Ash Lawlor leading the way.

The Hillbillies were well beaten by Hill Top first-up but were far more competitive in their most recent outings, getting within two shots of Euroa on the back of Garry Russell's 27-18 rink win.

And Stanhope will be out to find its first win of the season when it hosts Kyabram.

After a 107-107 draw against East that included a smashing 34-16 from Tim Hancock, it will be keen to get on the board for the season against a 1-1 Kyabram side.

The Power was unlucky to fall by five shots to Shepparton Park in round two, taking two rinks including Glenn Fields’ nine-shot triumph against Ross Higgins.