Ton­gala pulls out all the stops

The Riverine Herald - - FRONT PAGE - By Fraser Walker-Pearce

CRACKS are be­gin­ning to show in Ton­gala’s week­end pennant charge.

Play­ing mid-ta­ble side De­niliquin at home on Satur­day, the league lead­ers were al­ready pen­cilled in for a big win.

In re­al­ity that was any­thing but the case.

The vis­i­tors came out fir­ing and won two of the avail­able three rinks.

But Ton­gala only needed a sniff to clinch a five-shot, 76-71, vic­tory and re­main in the up­per tier of the Campaspe Val­ley Bowls Divi­sion’s top flight.

Ton­gala pennant coach Sam Lyon said it was a bit close for com­fort, but his side got the job done in the end.

‘‘We were lucky enough to get the re­sult, one of our best play­ers per­formed re­ally well and he had one of our best wins,’’ Lyon said.

‘‘We’ve had some fairly big wins in the other seven rounds which keeps us up there. We just kept an eye on the over­all score, which was the main thing.

‘‘This is a very open sea­son, there won’t be an easy match at all this year. We’ve been lucky com­ing up against the bot­tom sides and with us only hav­ing one loss to Echuca,’’ he said.

This week­end’s ac­tion on the greens sees Tonny host sev­enth-placed Mathoura.

‘‘We’ve done the full cir­cle and are back to play­ing Mathoura, this time at home.

‘‘We won’t take them lightly, they can get a hold of us and have nar­rowly beaten us in previous years. It’s good ev­ery­one is back in the field, just know­ing ev­ery week is a tight one.

‘‘It’s been re­ally good, it’s the first sea­son we’ve had a club coach out here and hav­ing lit­tle team meet­ings is a bit dif­fer­ent.

‘‘We have a bloke from Hay and a few from Bendigo so it’s a new-look team but it’s work­ing well,’’ Lyon said.

In other divi­sion one week­end pennant re­sults, City of Echuca de­feated Rich River 75-65 leav­ing Echuca in third place.

Sec­ond-placed Moama cruised to vic­tory over Mathoura in a 75-47 score­line, keep­ing the hosts in strik­ing dis­tance of Ton­gala.

And Rochester de­feated De­niliquin RSL 81-53, leav­ing Rochester midtable and RSL prop­ping up the oth­ers at the foot of the lad­der.

In the mid­week pennant, it is De­niliquin who will re­turn to the rinks with it all to do on Fri­day.

Af­ter two and a half weeks off the greens, the Fri­day play­ers head back to com­pe­ti­tion in a few days’ time.

In a first-plays-third match, league lead­ers Moama will visit De­niliquin with 26 points sep­a­rat­ing them on the lad­der.

A large win for the hosts could see the gap closed to just 10 — while a trav­el­ling win for Moama could ex­tend that as far as 42.

In other matches, Echuca hosts Rich River and Mathoura play Rochester in a bot­tom of the ta­ble clash.

Brett Hol­burt/Rac­ing Pho­tos

HANG­ING IN THERE: Fight­ing Shadow, rid­den by Jar­rod Fry, wins the Lloyd Sound BM58 Hand­i­cap at Sey­mour Race­course on Mon­day af­ter lead­ing for most of the race. In the end it was a nail-bit­ing photo fin­ish but Fight­ing Shadow held on. Photo:

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