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Hill Top has eyes on playing finals

Hill Top has retained third place in Goulburn Valley Bowls Division pennant's division one after taking maximum points against East Shepparton and is now intent on playing finals.

MATTHEW GALEA December 23, 2013 4:10am

Hill Top’s Mick Hooper gives his latest effort full concentration.


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Hill Top will remain in third spot after leaving East Shepparton with all the points from its Goulburn Valley Bowls Division pennant clash.

The result ensures Hill Top’s finals destiny remains in its own hands heading into the Christmas recess, with coach Rod Werner hopeful Hill Top will qualify for a first finals series in some time.

‘‘It’s been a long time for Hill Top,’’ Werner said.

‘‘This was a good way to finish the year, so hopefully next year we can string a few more wins together and make that top four.’’

Werner said he was surprised to see his side walk away with all the points.

‘‘It doesn’t happen very often at East Shepp,’’ Werner said.

‘‘It’s a very good result and it leaves us feeling confident.

‘‘Geoff Franze and Paul Nichols are always hard to beat, so we hoped to come away with all the points, but we weren’t sure we would.’’

Ross Coulston had a fine game, picking up his first win as skipper, having been called up to replace the missing Jock Hicks, who suffered broken ribs after a work accident late last week.

Murray Stark was also in doubt with a sore shoulder but managed to pull through the game.

East Shepparton’s Nichols said he was disappointed to walk away empty handed at home, compounding his overall frustration with his side’s season to date.

‘‘We thought we would get some points, but we lost it at the end again,’’ Nichols said.

‘‘The rinks were all close and we thought we might get two of them at least, but they just got the numbers when we didn’t want them to.’’

East Shepparton came close to victory on Robin Squire’s and Scott Adams’ rinks, which were lost by one and two shots to Stark and Coulston respectively.

Werner and David Hicks won the other two rinks for Hill Top, beating Franze and Nichols respectively.

‘‘We were behind for most of the day and I think overall we’ve done well (to only lose by nine shots) considering they are a top four side,’’ Nichols said.

‘‘But we wanted to take some points, especially being at home.’’

The loss leaves East Shepparton in third-last position on the table.

‘‘The only good thing at this point is that I think we can take three or four wins from our last six games against the likes of Seymour and Euroa,’’ Nichols said.

‘‘Next year, we’re going to have to get our heads down and perform.’’

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