Shepparton Golf has put itself in the box seat to claim a Goulburn Valley Bowls Division top-tier three-peat.
The Golfers have one hand on the Allan Matheson Shield for the third season in a row after comfortably defeating Kyabram in Saturday’s division one weekend pennant qualifying final.
Coach Brad Orr was on fire against Phil Denham, winning 41-14 to spearhead the 106 to 81 victory.
Orr’s front end of John Dagger (lead), Glenn Power (second) and Col Power (third) gave him plenty of bowls in the head across the 25 ends.
‘‘All of my rink played pretty good,’’ Orr said.
‘‘You don’t win by that margin having anyone not bowling well.’’
Coming into the clash having lost to Kyabram by 58 shots in their last meeting, Orr’s side knew it had to lift the intensity from the outset.
‘‘We were pretty confident coming into it with the form we’ve been in, but we knew we had to step up our game from last time we played them,’’ he said.
‘‘We obviously had 58 shots to make up, and credit to the boys they all played well.’’
David Daws (31-18) also claimed a big win for the Golfers at Stanhope, more than covering for rink losses for John Stokes (23-28) and Brett Gunning (11-21).
But despite only winning two rinks, Orr was confident in his 16 to get the job done again in two weeks — no matter which opponent they face.
‘‘You always want to go straight into the grand final and not have to rely on that double chance,’’ Orr said.
‘‘I don’t think it worries us who wins next week, we’ll be confident either way.
‘‘I can’t really see the top side changing between now and then, the twos are in the prelim, so we want to keep stability in both sides.’’
Kyabram now has to recover quickly before facing Shepparton Park in a cutthroat preliminary final after the Parkers got the better of East Shepparton.
It will be a rematch of the round-14 contest between the two sides only last weekend, from which Kyabram claimed an eight-shot victory.
Coach David Cartwright was dominant in that clash (winning 27-12) and will again look to set the pace in order to earn another crack at the Golfers.