Tallygaroopna did Tatura a favour in division two of Goulburn Valley Bowls Division action.
In a blow-for-blow tussle Tally pipped Euroa by a single shot, allowing Tatura to sneak into the top four.
With Tallygaroopna the top team in the competition, Euroa showcased its talent and took the match right up to its opposition.
Ken Sutcliffe and Terry Lea-Whyte lined up against each other in a battle between two supreme skips of the competition.
Sutcliffe turned around a losing rink against Kyabram a fortnight ago to defeat Saturday’s opposition 26-15.
But Joey Lia’s rink had fine touch, with Mathew O’Connor, Garry Murphy and Lindsay Muston all combining to dispose of Tony Kingma’s team by 10 shots.
Michael McLean contributed a five-shot win to the buffer and Russell Orchard was defeated by three shots. Tally continues to hold top spot by one point over Shepparton Park.
But Tatura also had to thank Shepparton Golf for prevailing against Kyabram in order for it to move into finals contention.
In a division where all bar bottom-placed Shepparton RSL can play finals, Golf has thrown itself into the mix.
A solid 14-114 to 4-96 victory was led by a spectacular performance from Wayne Gribble, who dominated Kyabram’s John Hausler.
The 17-shot rink win nearly mirrored the end margin as Heath Matthews, Anthony Dunlop and Jo Crowe all stood up in the rink.
Robert Betson prevailed by eight shots against Peter O’Brien, while Noel Reddrop and Kelvin Beacon were Kyabram’s winning skips.
Tatura knew it had a clear opportunity coming up against Shepparton RSL and did not let the chance go begging.
Letting only one rink slip for the day, Tatura took the overall match 16-104 to 2-88.
John Attwood was superb in his efforts to get over Ron Thorp, with Jason Carter and Nicolas Tziros joining in with rink victories.
Shepparton Park leap-frogged Mooroopna into second spot largely due to a huge performance from Paul Becroft.
Taking on Graeme Power, Becroft’s team built a 15-shot advantage as Ross Higgins and Don Dickinson also grew the margin in the Parkers’ favour.
In division three, Shepparton Golf secured an upset victory against Mooroopna Golf 16-106 to 2-77.
Golf’s Ian Fitzsimmons blitzed the match with a 17-shot victory over Neil Collier, while Trevor Dunlop and Kristine Wright also made valuable contributions.
Rinks were shared in Euroa’s match-up with Shepparton Park, but a 43-14 rink win by Parkers skip Robert Matthews was always going to be tough for Euroa to counteract.
Although Margaretha Cerini and John Pearson put in their best efforts, Shepparton Park claimed its third win of the season.
Seymour VRI and Rushworth were locked in an epic battle with Seymour coming out on top by seven shots and East Shepparton prevailed over Hill Top.
In division four, Avenel took the chocolates against Kyabram by 20 shots, Shepparton RSL could not withstand the might of Murchison and East Shepparton and Shepparton Park also claimed victories.
Shepparton Park, Mooroopna Golf, Hill Top and Nagambie were the winners in division five red, while in division five blue Stanhope, Hill Top, Mooroopna and Tallygaroopna victors.
Dookie staked its claim in division six after overcoming top side Merrigum, while Mooroopna and Shepparton Golf played out a tie.