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Allan Matheson Shield round four wrap

By Alex Mitchell

Hill Top is on the board for the Allan Matheson Shield season after a quality win against East Shepparton.

In round four action, the Hillbillies took three of four rinks on offer and were able to cruise in the match's later stages, winning by 16 shots for their first triumph of the season.

Justin Spedding's rink was the defining factor, taking a huge 17-shot win against Ash Lawlor to get his side in the driver's seat.

Jarryd Tinning also won well against Mackenzie Trewren (25-15) and Garry Russell snuck home against Daniel Nichols (23-22), but Geoff Franze ensured East would not go home empty-handed, picking up a 29-17 win against Joe Marsters to do some serious damage limitation.

The win leaves Hill Top sixth on the ladder with a 1-2 record, while last year's grand finalist East remains in search of its first win.

Elsewhere, Shepparton Golf sent another huge statement to the rest of the competition as its quest for a fifth consecutive premiership ramps up.

The Golfers were in no mood to play around on Saturday, doubling Shepparton Park's score in a 126-63 shellacking.

Remarkably, Golf has won its first three matches of the season by a whopping 140 shots, already comfortably on top of the ladder.

While it swept all four rinks, John Gribble's 45-11 demolition of Park coach Paul Nichols highlighted proceedings, with Brad Orr (30-15), Col Power (25-21) and Kris Ferguson (26-16) all getting in on the act.

The result was Park's first loss of the season, and a reminder of the level it will need to get to if it wants to challenge the league's best.

Euroa continued an outstanding return to division one, comfortably winning on the road in Nagambie to make it two wins on the trot.

The Magpies swept the rinks and won by 29 shots, with Tony Kingma's 35-25 win against Des Fothergill the pick of the action.

The result left Euroa 2-1 for the season and second on the ladder, while Nagambie is down in seventh.

And Kyabram also produced a powerful win, beating the hapless Stanhope by a cool 55 shots.

Greg Shilling was unstoppable, skipping a 32-16 rink win against Shane Walsh to put the Power in the box seat, with Paul McInnes (29-14), Rob George (29-19) and Glenn Fields (25-11) all winning well.

The division takes next weekend off for the Victorian Open, with pennant to resume on November 23.