Echuca bowls over divi­sion one cham­pion

The Riverine Herald - - GAME ON SUMMER -

CITY of Echuca an­nounced it­self as a Cam­paspe Valley Bowls Divi­sion con­tender as its divi­sion one side won a thrilling con­test against Moama on the week­end.

De­fend­ing cham­pion Moama pushed all the way and led head­ing to the fi­nal end of the day, where Echuca took three shots to pinch a 73-71 win.

Moama’s Matt Liver­ton-led rink nearly pulled the side to a re­sult, its 12-shot ad­van­tage though not enough to close the 14-shot gap from the other two rinks.

On its home greens, the win saw Echuca lay down an early marker for the 2017/18 campaign, un­de­feated and atop the divi­sion one lad­der three games into the sea­son.

It was a dif­fer­ent story for Ton­gala how­ever, last sea­son’s grand fi­nal­ists slump­ing to a third straight de­feat to start the sea­son.

It was beaten by Mathoura, which won two of three rinks in a 90-53 vic­tory. Ton­gala has won just one rink in the first three rounds, a far cry from the bril­liant end­ing to last sea­son.

Rochester proved too strong for Rich River win­ning 71-59 with two rinks, while De­niliquin re­mained un­de­feated in a 75-65 win against Deni RSL in which it won all three rinks.

In divi­sion two ac­tion, Lock­ing­ton had a big 89-46 win against Ton­gala to keep in touch with the teams at the top of the lad­der, now sit­ting third with a 2-1 win-loss record.

Moama made it three wins in a row with an 84-53 win against Echuca, while Rich River drew with Rochester, the sides locked at 73 de­spite Rich Rivers’ two rinks to one edge. ■ MOAMA is the only un­de­feated team in CVBD mid­week pen­nant divi­sion one af­ter a huge win against Echuca White on Fri­day.

A nail-bit­ing con­test was ex­pected but it was any­thing but as Moama ran up the score, post­ing a cen­tury in a 100-57 win.

It was the sort of form that has seen Moama win the past four divi­sion one mid­week titles, now early favourites to make it five in a row.

Rich River grabbed a first win for the sea­son, com­fort­ably beat­ing De­niliquin 87-58, while Rochester was too strong for Echuca Blue in a 13-shot win.

In divi­sion two Lock­ing­ton beat Rich River in one of the clos­est matches of the round.

Lock­ing­ton won two rinks and the third was tied, but could only build a five-shot ad­van­tage mean­ing the 69-64 con­test was close the whole way through.

Moama’s divi­sion two side suf­fered de­feat for the first time this sea­son, go­ing down by 15 shots to Mathoura. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Divi­sion four Team Rich River Moama .. Lock­ing­ton Ky V View Rochester Mathoura Echuca .. Ton­gala .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 2 1 34 28 2 1 32 32 . . 2 1 32 4 1 2 18 -3 1 2 18 -8 1 2 12 -52 032 -86 WLP +/3 0 46 112 2 1 34 74 . . 2 1 28 6 . . 2 1 27 0 1 2 19 -20 1 2 18 -34 1 2 16 -46 034 -92 WLP +/3 0 38 76 2 1 24 -40 1 2 17 -9 . . 1 2 16 8 1 2 16 -2 1 2 15 -33

Luke He­mer

EYE ON THE PRIZE: and Moama. Moama’s Glenn Dor­ward dur­ing the CVBD pen­nant one match be­tween Echuca Photo:

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