There can never be too much bowls in the Goulburn Valley and the region’s bowlers again backed up after a long week playing and volunteering while the Victorian Open was in town.
In the region’s pennant competition Nagambie snuck home against Shepparton Park, sending the Parkers further out of reach of the top four.
In contrast the Lakers’ 16-100 to 2-93 victory has Paul Nichols’ side firmly looking like a team that deserves a finals appearance.
Daniel Nichols continued his fine form from the Victorian Open, showing no signs of exhaustion as he skipped an 11-shot rink victory.
With the support of Peter Nichols, Glen Weatherell and Brian Nisbet, the foursome prevailed over Leigh Clark.
Brett Spargo had his work cut out against Shepparton Park coach Mark Ryan, but managed to claim a valuable two points via a three-shot win.
Paul Nichols chimed in with a five-shot defeat of Glenn Thatcher, as Jarryd Tinning provided some joy for the Parkers with success against Robert Page.
Stanhope savoured its second win of the season, with just seven shots the difference against Seymour.
Taking the spoils 14-87 to 4-80, Robert Ponton was in scintillating form as he skipped a 26-17 rink victory.
Stanhope top tier player Tim Hancock said Ponton’s performance was crucial.
‘‘They were a couple of shots in front of us at the break and it was pretty close most of the day, in Rob Ponton’s rink they broke away to a good lead and Shane Walsh was running level for most of the day, which helped,’’ he said.
On a slow green the match was a testing battle, but Hancock said Stanhope had pinpointed this game as winnable from early on.
‘‘It was very good, we obviously focused on this game because we knew that Seymour had had a slow start to the season and they were down the bottom of the ladder as well, so we made a lot of changes to our side,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s been a challenging year, we’ve had quite a few out every week, but once the next two weeks go by we hope to have everyone on board and with our division five side strong, it’s making us more competitive.’’
An impressive Victorian Open from many of Kyabram’s stars may have taken a toll on the side as it fell to East Shepparton.
Having been in immaculate form this season, coach David Cartwright was defeated by a shot at the hands of Geoff Franze as no Kyabram skip could win their rink.
East’s Nick Boyd produced a particularly tremendous effort, overcoming George Thornley 32-15.
Brett Gunning, David Daws and coach Brad Orr all recorded impressive wins for Shepparton Golf on their rinks to set up a 16-111 to 2-79 victory against Hill Top.
Supreme Hillbillies skip Murray Stark was the highlight of his side’s day, defeating Col Power by nine shots.