Heat prevents arch rivals from battling

February 13, 2017

Mooroopna’s Bruce Robson (pictured) put on a clinic against Rushworth’s Barbara Garvey.

It was meant to be a Shepparton Park versus Shepparton Golf bonanza across the Goulburn Valley Bowls Division on Saturday.

Four of five divisions were scheduled to play each other, but only the Allan Matheson Shield arch rivals took to the greens.

The rest of the encounters were abandoned as a result of the scorching temperatures.

But while Golf and Park did not battle in division one, the rest of the round’s games went ahead.

Sharing the points could not have worked out more beneficially to Golf, who rose to top spot after being granted nine points.

Having owned top spot since round 10, Seymour was bumped after falling to Kyabram.

The loss makes it two in a row for the frontrunner to the division one title after Shepparton Park was too strong last week.

Upsetting Seymour on its home greens on Saturday 14-88 to 4-75, Kyabram’s Peter O’Brien was the catalyst for his side’s win.

Asserting his skill as one of the top skips in the league, O’Brien’s dominant performance brought belief to his side.

Sharing the rink victories for the day, Kyabram contained Seymour in its losses for a tight win.

Kyabram won the two sides’ first encounter in round four, before Seymour annihilated Kyabram on its home turf five rounds later.

Euroa is keeping up with the top four, although Mooroopna continues to block the side out after defeating Rushworth.

Mooroopna’s Bruce Robson put on a clinic against Rushworth’s Barbara Garvey, conceding just 10 shots in the huge 30-shot win.

Bruce Anselmi and Alan Donaldson also secured rink victories for Mooroopna as teammate Kevin Gilbert pipped Merv Knight to prevent the clean sweep.

Euroa comfortably defeated Tatura, with Ken Sutcliffe and Eric Sellenger winning their two rinks by a combined 25 shots.

Some solid victories played out in division two with none more impressive than Mooroopna Golf claiming the points against top side East Shepparton.

Only East’s Allan Hueston could claim a rink victory as Golf took out the match 16-103 to 2-81.

Bill Malins was well supported by Des Sleeth, Graeme McIntyre and Des Monk as he skipped his rink to a 15-shot victory, the largest of the day.

The win put Mooroopna Golf within reach top four, placed fifth and just two points behind Hill Top.

Division two also had Tallygaroopna defeat Merrigum by 13 shots as Hill Top overcame Shepparton RSL in a similar fashion.

All division three matches were called off due to Saturday’s heat, while four teams still took to the greens in division four.

A bottom four clash had Hill Top 16-shot winners against Rushworth, while a top four contest had Kyabram too good for Mooroopna Golf.

Tatura took out division six’s sole match as Nick Tziros secured a 21-shot win to put the result beyond Merrigum’s reach.

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