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Hot battle on rinks expected

The Goulburn Valley Bowls Division midweek pennant division one grand final between Shepparton Golf and Kyabram is set to be a keenly contested affair with little separating the two teams.

HANNAH DRISCOLL March 4, 2014 4:10am

Maree Boswell


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It seems like a long time since Shepparton Golf took out the division two flag in Goulburn Valley Bowls Division.

But what a two years it has been since then.

After winning the right to play in the top grade of midweek pennant, Shepparton Golf finds itself headed into a grand final clash with Kyabram today as the reigning premier.

It is a result Shepparton Golf’s Pauline Naughton said the team never contemplated when it first made the step up.

‘‘I doubt if we ever dreamt of getting this far, doing well three years running. Somehow we all clicked as a team and have fought on,’’ Naughton said.

Shepparton Golf and Kyabram will go into today’s decider unchanged from their last matches, Shepparton Golf after defeating minor premier Shepparton Park by 21 shots at Kyabram last Tuesday and Kyabram after doing the same by 11 shots on Thursday at Mooroopna.

‘‘It’s a privilege to be defending it again, it’s unbelievable,’’ Naughton said.

‘‘It should be a tight game between us as we’ve had two games against each other this year and we’ve had a win and a loss, so there’s nothing between us really.’’

Each team has one win each from the two encounters this season, with neither being able to win at home.

Today’s grand finals will be played at Tatura, where Kyabram won against its fellow finalist by 40 shots in round 15, while Shepparton Golf lost there by five shots in round 17.

Both clubs are no stranger to finals this season, but the division one Kyabram side got a taste for what would await it today with a good crowd coming to watch its preliminary final on Thursday.

‘‘Some people thrive on a crowd and others are a bit freaked out,’’ Kyabram’s Maree Boswell said.

‘‘I know there are a couple of us who are a bit freaked by having a lot of people there, so you’ve just got to switch off from that and concentrate on your game.’’

The story for Kyabram so far this finals series has been skipper Jenni Dixon, who returned from a broken arm having not played this year and has scored two big wins against opposition skippers Faye Attwood and Di Hands.

But fellow skipper Boswell, who also scored a big win against Tatura’s Dot Best and beat the Parkers’ Bev Thorn by two shots, said it would be up to the entire team to see it through.

‘‘It’s got to be a team effort and although Jenni has been the main team and had the big wins we’ve all kept it fairly close together,’’ Boswell said.

‘‘If one had a big blow out and goes down by a lot, the other one playing well, that can take away from it. We’ve all got to do our job, so we’ll all be trying.’’

It will also be a good test for skipper Mia Nowosad, completing her second season as skipper at the club.

Boswell said Nowosad was a positive person, but also really competitive.

‘‘She has had a great season and I just think that team has played well together and they’ve all played well,’’ Boswell said.

‘‘If you’ve got a team where your lead’s playing well and it just follows through it makes it good for everyone.

‘‘It’s been really positive for all of them.’’

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