To be the best, Kyabram has to beat the best

Shepparton News - - BOWLS - By Tyler Ma­her

Top of the ta­ble clashes do not al­ways come around of­ten.

But in to­day’s Goul­burn Val­ley Bowls Di­vi­sion’s premier com­pe­ti­tion, lad­der leader Kyabram and se­cond-placed Shep­par­ton Golf play in a fix­ture that prom­ises to be a block­buster.

Both are un­de­feated af­ter six rounds, but each one has a spe­cific point to prove at Shep­par­ton Golf’s fa­cil­ity in the round seven clash.

The Power flew the lids at the start of this cam­paign, but backto-back wob­bles on the green — drop­ping four points to Stan­hope and a draw with Shep­par­ton Park — will have put a bee in the bon­net of their squad.

David Cartwright and his charges will be keen to put their best bowls for­ward to­day in what could be a grand fi­nal pre­view.

The Golfers have again qui­etly gone about their busi­ness, rack­ing up win af­ter win without much fuss, and had an em­phatic 46-shot tri­umph against East Shep­par­ton last week, de­spite drop­ping a rink.

Brad Orr’s troops know Kyabram has im­proved this sea­son, but will want to stamp their own au­thor­ity on to­day’s match and re­mind the com­pe­ti­tion which team has won the past three Al­lan Math­e­son Shields.

Hill Top and Stan­hope play each other to­day in a cru­cial con­test, with the even­tual victor cer­tainly able to call them­selves a fi­nals chance.

The Hill­bil­lies had a clean sweep tri­umph against Nagam­bie last round, while Stan­hope de­feated Sey­mour on the road.

Along with Shep­par­ton Park and Sey­mour tak­ing each other on, a fix­ture be­tween the Lak­ers and East rounds out to­day’s ac­tion.

Orr on the line: Brad Orr’s dom­i­nant Shep­par­ton Golf side takes on lad­der leader Kyabram to­day.

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