Shepparton Golf is gunning for top spot of the Goulburn Valley Bowls Division table.
The division one ladder is close with just two rounds left in the season and the importance of claiming victory in today’s penultimate clash is not lost on Golf coach Brad Orr.
‘‘We’ve all seen the ladder, between first, second and third there’s only four or five points so it’s really important for all those sides to get a win this week,’’ he said.
The Golfers sit between Kyabram (142 points) and East Shepparton (137) in second spot with 138 points and must negotiate a tricky trip to Seymour in order to retain their place.
Despite holding up the rest of the table, Seymour has challenged most teams during this campaign, especially on home turf, and the Golfers will have to work hard if they want to claim maximum points against the cellar dweller.
Orr believes if his charges are serious about defending the back-to-back crowns then today’s conditions and surface should pose no issue.
‘‘We know teams have gone down to Seymour and struggled,’’ he said.
‘‘But if we’re supposed to be a really good side we should be able to adapt to any conditions and bowl well. We’ll go down there expecting it to be a bit slower and if it’s quicker then that’s a bonus.’’
Orr is in brilliant form, recently winning the Central Goulburn Murray Bowls Region men’s fours title with Col Power, John Stokes and John Dagger.
Power and Dagger will again play with Orr today, while Stokes has enjoyed a return to skipping his own rink in the past two matches, winning his games by a combined total of 36 shots.
Seymour will be looking to take as many points as possible from the competition’s heavyweights in an attempt to lift itself from the bottom of the table after losing to Stanhope last week.
Graeme Clements is the special guest on Daniel Nichols’ and Brian Nisbet’s GVBD show on 98.5FM this morning from 8am.
Clements was named Bowls Australia’s Coach of Year in 2013-14.