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Parkers close gap at top

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November 13, 2017

Lay of the land: Tatura's Dot Best tries to use the greens to her advantage.

Having a spell: Shepparton Park's Noel Griffin and Reg Jeffrey stay sun smart on a sweltering Saturday.

Aches and pains: Shepparton Park's Rod Kelly stretches in preparation for a delivery.

Shepparton Park took a clean sweep of all four rinks to send Tatura home from Kialla with a 30-shot loss in division two pennant action.

With the 18-99 to 0-69 victory, the Parkers edged closer to Mooroopna on the top of the table.

Just one point separates the top sides in the competition as Gavin Flanagan continued a superb start to the year.

Flanagan’s rink of Charles Pellegrino, Ashleigh Williamson and John Mortimer defeated Tatura’s Nick Tziros 27-13 shots to create a sizeable advantage.

With Flanagan’s biggest rink win of the match, the remaining Shepparton Park skippers all chipped in to build the buffer.

Don Dickinson took an eight-shot victory against Tatura’s Jason Carter, while Peter Matthews and Ross Higgins each enjoyed victories.

While trying to keep cool on the outdoor greens at Kialla, Tatura fell further out of touch with the top four, 16 points behind fourth-placed Euroa.

Tatura has another tough ask after the Victorian Open bye when it hosts Mooroopna.

Along with Shepparton Park, Mooroopna remains undefeated after proving too strong for Kyabram, 15-92 to 3-75.

Kyabram produced a commendable effort as Chris Preddy won his duel against Bruce Robson by a shot.

Mooroopna’s Bruce Anselmi and Kyabram’s Peter O’Brien shared the points as Alan Donaldson and Graeme Power ensured Mooroopna continued its clean record.

Tallygaroopna fought out an 18-shot victory, despite some stiff opposition from Shepparton Golf.

Joey Lia’s rink was responsible for creating the biggest buffer of the day when he defeated Wayne Gribble by 13 shots.

But with Robert Betson securing the two points in his rink and his Shepparton Golf teammates producing solid efforts, the Golfers kept the losing margin low.

Euroa bolted into the top four after demolishing Shepparton RSL, 18-132 to 0-84.

Bill O’Connor secured Euroa’s largest rink win, coming out 21-shot a victor against Ron Thorp.

●Mooroopna Golf and East Shepparton squared off in a battle between two of division three’s top four sides, with the Golfers taking the chocolates.

As the gap between the two sides and the remainder of the competition continues to widen, Golf claimed the match 4-101 to 4-75 as Craig O’Shannessy and Bruce Lorains led the way.

Shepparton Golf recorded a similarly impressive victory against Euroa, 16-101 to 2-72, while Seymour VRI and Shepparton Park were also too strong for their opponents.

●Murchison dropped out of the top half of the ladder in division four after Shepparton Park asserted its dominance.

But despite the 56-shot loss, Murchison has slipped just a point behind Merrigum, which occupies fourth position.

Kyabram, Avenel and Dookie rounded out the division’s winners.

●Nagambie, Shepparton Golf, Seymour and Violet Town claimed victories in division five red, with the spoils in division five blue going to Colbinabbin, Tallygaroopna, Stanhope and Mooroopna.

●In division six, Mooroopna moved to the top of the ladder after defeating Avenel by seven shots, with Merrigum, East Shepparton and Stanhope also celebrating wins.

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