Allan Matheson Shield | Golf and Park round four preview

By Alex Mitchell

In the local derby that defines the Allan Matheson Shield, Shepparton Golf battles Shepparton Park today with top spot on the ladder up for grabs.

The top tier's last two undefeated teams will clash in the round's headline affair, with the Parkers looking to make an early season statement against the competition's best.

While last weekend's play was abandoned due to rain, Park was able to get through some of its match with Stanhope under its home roof before word filtered through the round was off and, as a result, Golf coach Brad Orr was desperate to get back on the green and compete.

“To be honest we're just itching to try and game in after last weekend's washout,” he said.

“We're looking forward to the challenge and just playing some bowls.”

Golf has shown little evidence to suggest team line-up changes have stopped the side coming back in the same form that has seen it win four straight flags, winning by 41 and 36 shots in asserting itself at the top of the league.

“Obviously we've ticked the boxes pretty well so far, at two from two with the washout,” Orr said.

“We'd really like to head to the Vic Open three from three, it really sets you up for the back half of the season nicely.

“A few players have left so the side is a bit different, but I think the club is in a really good place. The feeling around the club is great, the camaraderie is there, there's banter flying around the green at training and that sort of thing.”

But while Park has had to scrap to beat Euroa (three shots) and Kyabram (five shots), but Orr knew his side's opponent would make it earn the win.

“It's hard to know where teams are going to be at the business end of the season until you've played them all once, but Park will put us under pressure,” he said.

“We'll need to bowl well and we're well aware of that, we're not going in cocky and will need to be on our game.”