A host of changes Kyabram made in the lead up to Saturday’s Allan Matheson Shield round were either going to produce a decisive win or send the struggling side back to the drawing board.
But the additions to the side and switches between rinks resulted in Kyabram recording a stirling victory against Shepparton RSL, 16-117 to 2-80.
After playing with his son Josh in fourth division this season, Russell Locke stepped back into the top tier with the lower grade having a bye.
His performance would have Kyabram’s top side wishing their lower division had a bye every Saturday.
Playing third for Noel Reddrop, Locke was influential in helping the rink secure a 10-shot win against the Rissoles’ Graham Canobie.
David Cartwright’s strong form before the break continued as his team’s 30-18 defeat over Dennis McHarry went a long way to increasing the overall margin.
Cartwright managed a new-look rink as Kyabram looks to revive its finals hopes.
His team showed its cohesion as Bill Hatzie moved from lead to second and Paul McInnes crossed to third in Rob George’s rink.
Kyabram’s biggest win of the day came courtesy of George’s team, overpowering Shepparton RSL’s Boydie Jones 34-16.
Phil McCann upset Greg Shilling 26-23 for RSL’s lone rink win.
All good things must come to an end and that was the case for Nagambie, which was unable to find a way to knock over Shepparton Park at home.
The Parkers ensured the Lakers’ five-game streak would not continue into new year, with a 14-shot victory.
Nagambie coach Paul Nichols and Greg Brack were strong in a losing side as Shepparton Park star Mark Ryan made the damaging blow.
Taking on Brett Spargo, the Parkers coach and newly crowded club champion never looked like succumbing in his rink.
Playing with Dave Hardie, Ray Hill and Jeff Anselmi, the team’s 17-shot win put the result beyond reach for the hosts.
Nagambie still has a spot in the top four despite the loss, with Kyabram nine points back in fifth.
There were no surprises as Shepparton Golf took the points against Stanhope 16-107 to 2-88.
Barry Williams’ rink was the only one able claim a win for Stanhope, pipping John Stokes by four shots.
But the might of Col Power, David Daws and Brett Gunning proved a difficult ask as Golf remains top of the ladder.