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Five straight wins for Mooroopna

Mooroopna has made it five consecutive victories in Goulburn Valley Bowls Division division one midweek pennant with success over Tatura.

MATTHEW GALEA December 11, 2013 4:15am

Mooroopna’s Gail Bailey puts down a bowl.


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Mooroopna’s golden run in division one of Goulburn Valley Bowls District midweek pennant continued yesterday, prolonging Tatura’s losing streak in the process.

Tatura was looking for a first win in four games when it travelled to Mooroopna, but it was the latter which enjoyed an eight-shot triumph, taking a fifth consecutive win in the process.

A nine-shot win in Jo Crowe’s rink was the sealer for Mooroopna, with the other two rinks cancelling each other out with five-shot margins either way in a topsy-turvy contest.

Bernadette Nichols’ rink was the last to finish and her five-shot win against Tatura’s Dot Best ensured Mooroopna took 14 points from the game.

Mooroopna’s Lorraine Nicholls went down 20-25 to Tatura’s Freda Clement, but that was not enough to dampen Nicholls’ spirits.

‘‘Today was absolutely wonderful, I’m ecstatic,’’ Nicholls said.

‘‘I’m still very happy with our rink, we just lost five on the second-last end and it was hard to come back from that.

‘‘That final rink was very well done, it could have gone either way, and I think that would have made a difference had it gone the other way.’’

Nicholls said for Crowe to win by nine shots, her team must have performed well given how tight the games were on the other rinks. The win was enough to move Mooroopna into the top four, marking a fantastic achievement for Nicholls.

‘‘I’ve been here nine years and we’ve made the top four once in that time and I think that was five years ago,’’ Nicholls said.

‘‘They’re all very positive and just put bowls where they’re supposed to, so it’s been excellent.’’

Clement said it was disappointing to lose a fourth consecutive game, but that was indicative of the club’s struggle for players.

‘‘We just haven’t got the strength of players to stand up against top teams,’’ Clement said.

‘‘We started well, but we didn’t play the top teams so now we’ve played them all ... I’m just happy we can get enough players out on the green.’’

Clement took some spirit from the competitiveness of her side this week, and said being able to walk away with two points was a big bonus.

Mooroopna’s move into the top four comes courtesy of Shepparton Park 1’s draw with Kyabram.

The two clubs were tied at 63 shots apiece, with Shepparton Park 1 taking nine points from the game, courtesy of winning two rinks, while Kyabram took five, which was not enough for it to retain its top-four spot.

Hill Top enjoyed an expected win against Shepparton Park 2, winning by 39 shots, while Mooroopna Golf and Shepparton Golf were the round’s other winners, at the expense of Rushworth and Stanhope, respectively.

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