CITY of Echuca retained top spot on the Campaspe Valley Bowls Division weekend pennant division one table with a hard-fought 76-62 win against Tongala on Saturday.
Echuca picked up two of three rinks on its way to the win, Geoff Beattie’s rink the best of the lot with a strong 25-15 showing.
Tongala’s John Riedell-skipped rink pinched a 28-25 result, meaning the side wouldn’t leave the contest empty-handed.
Nearest rival Moama was similarly impressive, taking two of three rinks against Rochester in a 74-55 victory.
Barry Brennan’s rink continued to show good form with a dominating 28-12 performance, with Matt Liverton’s rink also getting the points 28-22.
Rich River lost a nail-biter against Deni RSL, falling by just five shots.
Deni took the win 71-66 with two of three rinks, Rich River’s Barry Devlin-led rink almost doing enough to get the side across the line with a solid 30-22 result.
And in the last of the division one games, Mathoura proved no match for Deniliquin, going down 53-76 despite a positive result from Troy Mansbridge’s rink (27-21).
In division two, Lockington kept its place inside the top four with a close 69-63 win against Mathoura.
Russell Shawcross’ rink’s 12-shot advantage was cancelled out by a deficit on the second rink, with Graeme Turner’s rink winning by six shots to claim the victory.
Elsewhere in division two, there were wins for Rich River, Deniliquin and Moama, who remained unbeaten for the season.
It was an impressive round of midweek for the powerhouse Moama club, losing just one rink across five divisions.
■MOAMA’S undefeated CVBD midweek pennant season continued on Friday with a 76-64 win against Echuca Blue.
Moama dropped just its third rink in five week in the process, a huge advantage in the Marilyn Stephenson-skipped rink (30-16) driving the side’s win.
Echuca White kept hold of second position on the ladder despite an eight-shot loss to Deniliquin.
White’s Jean Fairchild-skipped rink took the points 29-23 but it wasn’t enough to win the overall match, Echuca falling 74-82.
And Rich River turned out an impressive performance against Rochester, winning every rink in a 75-53 result.
Virginia Noar’s rink was the pick of the bunch, winning 35-17. The result left Rich River in third place on the ladder.