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February 14, 2018

Hill Top's Louise Hicks has to pull out the measuring tape to decide which side has shot.

Hill Top's Mick Hooper prepares to send down his delivery.

Mooroopna Golf skip Jeanette Doherty passes on some helpful advice.

Mooroopna's Graeme Barber was a sound second in Jeanette Doherty's rink.

Hill Top’s midweek season has come to an end in style, too good for finals-bound Mooroopna Golf.

The Hillbillies rose to the occasion in the 16-84 to 0-38 drubbing, clean sweeping all three rinks.

Jeanette Overall had the support of Lyn Nicholson, Trevor Downie and John Hayward in her rink’s impressive 32-7 defeat of Lynn Barber.

Dianne Downie was also in fine form as she overcame Jeanette Doherty with Maria Warner too strong for Faye Wheelhouse.

But Golf now has a week to regroup before it heads into a must-win final against Shepparton Golf.

Shepparton Park 1 will enter the finals on the back of some stirling form.

The top-ranked Parkers met a challenging Kyabram side still harbouring slim hopes of a position in the top four.

Wanting to make an impact Bev Button was the only skip that could secure a victory for her side.

She defeated Bev Cahill by a sole shot, but it was nothing that could counteract how Di Hands and Marika Armstrong tore through their opposition.

Both Shepparton Park skips won their rinks with identical 34-14 scorelines as the final scoreboard read 14-89 to 2-50.

The Parkers are poised to be difficult to contend with in finals, as Armstrong, followed by Hands, topped the leading skips table for the year.

Armstrong and her rink secured top spot last week when it grew its shot difference after recording a mammoth win at home to Rushworth.

Shepparton Park will meet Seymour next week with the victor securing a spot in the grand final.

But Seymour only narrowly prevailed against Shepparton Park 2, with just 12 shots the difference.

Jenni Hill took out a nine-shot rink win for the Parkers, but Seymour was too lively in the remaining rinks which allowed it to cement second spot and the resulting double chance.

Rushworth will be relegated to division two after finishing on the bottom of the table.

While the running was close between Shepparton Park 2 and Rushworth for the wooden spoon, a defeat at the hands of Shepparton Golf sealed Rushworth’s fate.

Jean Sprague and Barbara Garvey managed to secure small buffers in their rinks, but a sensational performance from Golf’s Kathy McPherson brought her side the victory.

Seymour got on top of Shepparton Park 2, gaining two rinks in the 14-73 to 2-61 win.

●Euroa will not feature in the division two finals after losing to Avenel, 14-77 to 2-53.

Shepparton Golf tuned its skills by defeating Stanhope 14-75 to 2-49 with Robyn Cumming prominent.

She skipped her rink comprised of Kenneth Cooper, Sydney Neely and Peter Lawer to a 22-shot victory which put the final result beyond doubt.

Tatura celebrated the final game of its season with a win against cross-town rival Hill Top.

Freda Clement and Dot Best again produced starring performances, and Sue Nihill was the only Hillbillies skip to get up.

Mooroopna has jumped into the top four after overcoming Kyabram, meaning an elimination final against Avenel awaits.

Violet Town is the unfortunate side to miss out on a division three finals appearance, finishing the season just shy of fourth-placed East Shepparton.

Across a summer of tight contests and evenly matched sides, the Towners felt the wrath of lowly-ranked Kyabram in the final round of the season.

Jan MacFadyen worked her way to a 14-shot rink win, making a pivotal indent in the scoreline that ended Violet Town’s season.

Seymour showed its stealth against East Shepparton, as both sides prepare for next week.

Top-side Seymour will look to defeat Shepparton RSL, while East Shepparton and Murchison do battle in a knockout final.

Merrigum has finished top of the table in division four, despite going down to Mooroopna Golf 2, 14-78 to 2-61.

With Golf the league’s second-placed team, it will enter next week’s final full of confidence.

Euroa and Mooroopna Golf 3 will play off in the elimination final.

Dookie United showed why it is a clear chance of a division five premiership after toppling Shepparton Golf by 47 shots.

Avenel took charge against Mooroopna as Seymour exerted its dominance against Euroa.

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