Shepparton Golf produced a clinical performance on Saturday to lift itself into prime position on the division one ladder.
With just two rounds remaining in the Goulburn Valley Bowls Division season, the Golfers sit second on the table, and will be confident of keeping their new spot.
Brad Orr’s charges demolished Hill Top 18-122 to 0-57 to boost their chances of a double chance come finals and simultaneously dash their opponent’s hopes of featuring in the post-season.
Orr (30-10), John Stokes (33-17), David Daws (30-14) and Brett Gunning (29-16) all engineered massive rink wins to secure the one-sided result, which leaves the Hillbillies 28 points from fourth position.
While it is still mathematically possible for Hill Top to oust Nagambie (with a possible 36 points on offer in the final two games), the results of six matches would have to fall perfectly for the sixth-placed side to have any chance.
Shepparton Park’s finals fate also rests in the hands of the bowling gods.
The Parkers have fallen 11 points behind a finals berth after losing to fourth-placed Nagambie on Saturday.
The Lakers gave up two rinks, but strong wins to Brett Spargo (29-17 against Leigh Clark) and the competition’s leading skipper Paul Nichols (25-19 over Kris Ferguson) were enough to steer the home side to a crucial 14-100 to 4-89 triumph.
Parkers coach Mark Ryan led his rink to a 23-17 win against Jack Spencer, while Jeff Anselmi (30-29) snuck over the line against Daniel Nichols, but it was not enough for the visitors to succeed.
With clashes against East Shepparton and Kyabram remaining, the Parkers will have to play out of their skins and hope Nagambie falters in its final two matches.
Stanhope lifted itself from the bottom of the table with a crucial victory against Seymour, replacing their opponent in seventh spot on the table.
Shane Walsh was the main destroyer for the home side, claiming a 32-15 win.
Rob Armstrong (22-18) and Rob Ponton (27-23) also secured success on their respective rinks to support Walsh’s dominance well.