Rolling along nicely at Lock­ing­ton

Campaspe News - - CAMPASPE NEWS - By JESS GLED­HILL

LOCK­ING­TON Bowls Club will likely have two di­vi­sions in the Campaspe Val­ley Bowls Di­vi­sion week­end pen­nant fi­nals this sea­son ac­cord­ing to tour­na­ment sec­re­tary Chris Ste­wart.

Di­vi­sion two have played con­sis­tently in the sea­son lead­ing up to the Christ­mas break and main­tained a spot within the top four af­ter a win against Ton­gala at the week­end.

Di­vi­sion four also had suc­cess on Satur­day, rolling Ton­gala by 23 shots and were only 40 points shy of a place in the fi­nals.

‘‘In di­vi­sion four City of Echuca, Moama and Rich River are def­i­nitely the main com­peti­tors,’’ Ste­wart said.

‘‘Oth­er­wise it’s a fairly even field and de­spite what the points may in­di­cate there’s no real ru­n­away lead­ers and when you look at the re­sults no one is be­ing beaten by a great deal.’’

Ste­wart added it was great for teams to have such a close com­pe­ti­tion as it helped peo­ple con­tinue to en­joy their bowls.

‘‘And it’s across the en­tire board, with the top di­vi­sions also be­ing in tight con­test,’’ he said.

‘‘It can re­ally ruin your day if you lose by a lot.’’

Ste­wart was con­fi­dent if di­vi­sion four could con­tinue to string to­gether a few wins they could move their way up on the pre­mier­ship lad­der.

He had his fin­gers crossed di­vi­sion two could con­tinue on their con­sis­tent way to have a show­ing in the fi­nals.

‘‘I think ev­ery­one’s per­formed above ex­pec­ta­tions this sea­son and at the mo­ment we’re go­ing pretty well,’’ he said.

‘‘Play­ing the bet­ter teams re­ally brings out the best in our bowlers. Some­times you can go into games against lower sides with a ca­sual at­ti­tude and the un­ex­pected hap­pens, but we’ve been pretty com­pet­i­tive across the board.’’

The women strug­gled this sea­son in mid­week pen­nant with only the one win.

Per­sis­tence is the key if Lock­ing­ton is to turn around the sec­ond half of its sea­son.

The side will look to im­prove on its last per­for­mance for 2016, a loss to City of Echuca.

Di­vi­sion two will re­turn to play De­niliquin in week­end pen­nant on Jan­uary 14, while di­vi­sion four will line up against Rochester.

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