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Hill Top regains winning feeling

It wasn't any great statement, but Hill Top bounced back to winning form with a hard-fought win against Seymour in division one of Goulburn Valley Bowls Division's Saturday pennant.

HANNAH DRISCOLL December 16, 2013 4:15am

If Hill Top coach and skipper Rod Werner was looking for his team to make a statement in the penultimate round of the year, it never came.

Hill Top’s 12-shot win against bottom-ranked side Seymour was a far cry from its round two maximum-points win by 49 shots in division one of Goulburn Valley Bowls Division’s Saturday pennant.

Hill Top remained undefeated after six rounds, but this was its first win since then, although it took home 11 points from a draw with Kyabram in round eight.

Werner said it was good to have a win and add to the buffer between it and the other teams vying for top four places, but was disappointed the team did not push on after leading at the break.

‘‘It’s a game we should’ve won and won easily and that’s the disappointing part,’’ Werner said.

‘‘It was not as convincing as I would have liked to make a statement because we’ve got East Shepp next week over there and we definitely want to win that one.’’

One of the positives from the game was David Hicks’ 21-17 win against David Atkins, his second in a row since taking over the skipper role for round 10, and Werner believed they had that team mix right.

Werner beat Max Hammond 31-22, while Murray Stark stole a win from new Seymour skipper Brett Spargo, 24-23, after picking up three shots on the final end.

Seymour’s Alison Hall won two points against Jock Hicks with a six-shot haul on one long end in particular proving a massive turning point in that match.

It put Hall in front for the first time for the match and she held on to win 22-20.

‘‘We went to Hill Top and I felt all the rinks competed better all-round,’’ Hall said.

‘‘We were a lot closer this time in the overall score, so there was a little bit positive to take home from the weekend.’’

Seymour, which has won only two matches from 11 rounds, hosts Euroa in the final round of the year this weekend and is 15 points behind its nearest opponent on the ladder.

Hall said the team was not overly concerned with the relegation threat and was trying to ‘‘take each game as it comes, that old scenario’’.

‘‘We’re not too stressed because I think it was always a reality for us this year. When we fronted up with losing 11 players or whatever we’d lost of our top team we knew we were going to be pushed,’’ she said.

‘‘So in a way we’re kind of happy we’ve all stayed positive and no-one’s dropping their bundle, so to speak.’’

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