GVBD Champion of Champions semi-finals set

By Alex Mitchell

A spicy semi-final is on the cards when the Goulburn Valley Bowls Division's Champion of Champions men's singles tournament resumes on Sunday.

Former teammates Mark Ryan and Brad Orr will square off at Shepparton Golf for a spot in the final after both produced strong form when play began last Sunday.

Tallygaroopna's Ryan had to win three matches to make his way through to the semi-finals, but took each of his fixtures by a double-figure margin.

He beat Shepparton Park's Josh Warren 25-15, Hill Top's Trevor Downie 25-14 and Rushworth's Bruce Wootton 25-15 to book a spot in the final four in impressive fashion.

Orr also dealt out some beating, taking down Mooroopna's Bruce Anselmi 25-7 in the round of 16 before seeing off Tatura's Nick Boyd 25-13 in the quarter-finals.

Orr will be looking to reclaim the title he previously won in the 2016-17 season.

Meanwhile, the other semi-final will have Kyabram's Greg Shilling battle East Shepparton's Daniel Nichols in a clash of the titans.

Shilling saw off Mooroopna Golf's Allan Beggs 25-12 before booking his spot in the semis with a comfortable win against Violet Town's Graham Jones, 25-9.

Nichols had two of the tournament's closer matches, beating Avenel's Noel Slater 25-20 and Murchison's Jim Tweddle 25-21.

Sunday's semi-finals and final begin at Shepparton Golf at 9.30 am.