Shepparton Park let slip an opportunity to cement its spot at the top of the table in preparation for Goulburn Valley Bowls division two finals.
The Parkers led Shepparton Golf by a narrow margin for much of the day before Golf’s Wayne Gribble stepped in to lessen the losing margin in his rink.
With Gribble’s the last rink to finish, he ensured his side only went down by two shots to Raymond Hill and Shepparton Golf stole a 12-88 to 6-87 victory.
Peter Fairgrieve was in dominant form for Shepparton Golf, recording a 13-shot victory against Don Dickinson.
But that was the only Golf rink that prevailed for the match, with Hill joined by Ross Higgins and Gavin Flanagan as Parkers skips that took out minor victories.
Mooroopna has kept its spot in the top four, despite Tallygaroopna exerting its dominance at home.
The division’s second-placed side enjoyed a 16-129 to 2-79 win as Joey Lia and Terry Lea-Whyte again were prominent.
Ian Ponting could not stop the dominance of Lea-Whyte, who skipped his rink to an 18-shot victory, while Lia scored a 16-shot victory against Mooroopna’s Alan Donaldson.
Euroa has given itself the best chance of making finals after disposing of Tatura.
While Euroa is a slim chance of making its way into the finals with only one round left, the 16-101 to 2-75 win only aided its chances.
Jenni Dixon, Kelvin Beacon, Peter O’Brien and Jim Oliver all ensured Kyabram a sound victory against bottom-placed Shepparton RSL.
Mooroopna Golf recorded a confidence boosting win against a strong Rushworth line-up, taking the division three match 14-104 to 4-97.
Graeme McIntyre starred in the win that pleased Shepparton Park by keeping Rushworth at bay in the bottom four.
The Parkers had no troubles against Hill Top, but are just one point ahead of Rushworth in the top half of the table.
East Shepparton was successful against Shepparton Golf by three shots with Robert Nicolson impressive, while Ron Bartley held his nerve to win by a shot.
In division four, Shepparton Park cruised past Shepparton RSL to record a mammoth 16-134 to 2-78 victory.
Terence Logan was the only Rissoles skip to take points as he got over Murray Phillips.
But the remainder of the Parkers’ rinks were in fine form as John Londrigan secured his game by 18 shots, David Gullick won by 23 and Graeme Sinclair topped them all by coming home with a 27-shot victory.
Avenel has dropped out of the top four after going down to the might of Dookie.
Neil Swainston shone for Dookie in his 41-11 defeat of Dennis McGregor and William Kirby chipped in with a handy 18-shot win.
East Shepparton snuck past Murchison in an enthralling 10-107 to 6-102 victory.
William Saunders, Derek Anderson and Geoff Higgins all prevailed in their contests for Murchison, but just one successful rink was enough for East to take home the win.
Noel O’Brien teamed with Graeme Lamb, Ronald Cooper and John Railton to overcome Alan Tweddle 36-18.
Merrigum also held on in a tight contest against Kyabram as David Pettifer, John Chant and James Arthur stood up in the 16-96 to 2-90 win.
In division five red, there were some entertaining matches with Hill Top and Seymour all taking out close matches and Violet Town and were Shepparton Golf more comfortable victors.
In division five blue, Stanhope easily accounted for Rushworth as Colbinabbin, Mooroopna and Tallygaroopna joined Stanhope on the winners’ list.
Kyabram, Merrigum, Mooroopna and Seymour rounded out the winning teams as they prevailed in division six.