GVBD division one preview | East Shepparton’s new green ready for top tier test

By Tyler Maher

A Saturday night blockbuster highlights top tier Goulburn Valley Bowls Division action across the region today.

Round 14 contests will not be the last matches before finals - due to the rescheduled round 12 clashes to be staged next weekend - but will still have plenty of importance for the eventual make-up of the table.

Second-placed Shepparton Park heads to East Shepparton tonight for a 6 pm fixture on the latter's new undercover green and a double chance is on the line for the victor.

If the Parkers can snare a win it will lock them in as a member of the top two, but the 13-point advantage the outfit has over East on the ladder will disappear quickly if the home side gets up tonight.

The race for fourth spot is even more heated, with teams from incumbent Kyabram to seventh-placed Stanhope separated by just 17 premiership points - less than one clean-sweep victory.

The Power will be looking to put a gap on the chasers when it heads to Nagambie today, with the Lakers languishing in last spot and destined for relegation to division two next season.

Ladder-leader Shepparton Golf awaits Kyabram next week though, increasing the importance of putting in a dominant round-14 performance.

The Golfers host Euroa today and the visiting Magpies will need to steal at least one rink to stay relevant in the finals race if Kyabram does a number on Nagambie.

Stanhope likely needs a pair of triumphs to charge into contention, facing Hill Top today and hosting the Magpies next week.

Having defeated the Parkers and Power in recent weeks, Stanhope will be confident it can give its fellow hopefuls a scare.