Played in cooler conditions on Saturday, Tatura, Rich River and Shepparton were the big winners of division one in round five of Goulburn Murray Golf Association Summer Pennant.
Mooroopna hosted the division one round on behalf of Rochester which did not open their course during summer.
Rushworth and Hill Top Tatura were first away and the Hill Toppers were too strong with a 4-1 win.
The Tatura first pair of Ashcroft and Cornelius finished all square with Campbell and Geisler, then Hill Top started a convincing run with Barca and Webber defeating Hardie and Harrap 4-3, Hunter and Keller took Curtis and Geisler 2-1 and the two young guns, Miller and Risstrom, put in a great effort to defeat Rushy stalwarts Cheong and Rathjen one-up, and the elder pair from Hill Top Howson and Roberts managed a draw with Crespan and Barlow.
Rich River maintained its strong winning run with a 4.5-0.5 victory over Numurkah.
Young Aaron Loader and Dixon defeated Scanlon and Sheridan 3-1, followed by Pearson and Scott defeating Thomos and Klaeson 4-3.
Whytcross and Loader defeated Peterson and Kite 3-1, and then to rub salt into the wound Watson and Cockcroft defeated I’Anson and Hosie 5-4.
With a flutter of hope Numurkah’s Piggot and Hosie managed to square their match against Tonkin and Scott to register the half for Numurkah.
Close neighbours and cross-river rivals Mooroopna and Shepparton clashed, and the Shepparton middle order held firm to secure a 4-3 win for their side.
Mooroopna’s Breslin and Gardner got the home team away to a good start with a 2-1 win over Pilcher and Fitzsimmon.
Then Shepparton’s run commenced with Grinter and Fuller winning 4-3 over Freer and Lewis. Faram and McLeod defeated Barca and Lepp oneup in what was a hard fought match.
Hickey and Faram defeated MacGibbon and May 4-2. In the final match Mooroopna’s Tonkes and Austin defeated Shields and Lancaster 3-1.
Next week division one group play will be at Rich River which will give the side the bye so that Mooroopna, Shepparton and Hill Top Tatura will be competing for second rung on the ladder, as Rich River has secured top spot.
Nagambie hosted division two and enjoyed the bye to watch how the other teams fared on their course.
One of the highlights was the number of family combinations of brothers, father and sons and cousins.
Rich River 2 managed to give Valley View its first defeat. Although Livingston and Casey got Valley View off to a good start with a one-up win over O’Neill and Griffen.
It was the next four pairings from Rich River that stopped Valley View’s purple patch. Kilgour and Fordham defeated Blackmore and Gallivan oneup.
Putna and Caiolfa rocked Cerrone and Dicken with a 6-5 win. Johnson and Mahady defeated Gould and Collins 2-1 and then King and Jeffrey easily accounted for Kuiper and Kuiper 5-3.
In another big win Tallygaroopna defeated Mooroopna 2, 4-1. Montgomery and Campbell got Tally off to a good start with a one-up victory over Treves and Morrit.
Hosie and Lewis finished all square with Ralph and Ralph Sidebottom and Davidson just managing to beat Van Zeist and Van Zeist one-up.
Montgomery and Karl defeated McNamara and Painter 3-1 and the final pairing went right to the last putt for Brett and Larson to square with Van Tigglen and Kerrins.
Kialla pushed hard in an attempt to climb the ladder with a 5-0 thrashing of Kyabram Parkland.
However the match scores were far from thrashings and Parkland will see the result as unlucky.
Hutchison and Christie defeated Price and Coad 2-1. Gubbins and Farrell just got there one-up over D’Augello and D’Augello.
Newton and Martin defeated Walsh and McLennan 3-1 and in another close one Mallis and Gagliardi scraped in over the Baker brothers one-up. Parkland forfeited the fifth match.
In the final sorting out Tallygaroopna has dislodged Valley View from top position, both teams with three wins but with Tally on a higher games score.
The Monday niners played a competition this week with John Oakley scoring a good win.
Oakley had a round of 53 (-17=36). He also shot nearest the pin on the fifth and the putting (16) on a countback from Shane Wolfe.
Shane was the runner-up for the day (55-14-41). David Marshall had the straightest drive 9th.
Florrie Bickley was our Wednesday Ladies winner (50-14-36). Also winner of the putting (12).
Runner-up was Naida Belot (64-211/2-421/2). She also got the second shot on the first hole.
Faye Latter had a lovely drive on the third to claim the straightest drive.