Teams brace for finals scuffle

February 07, 2018

Max Kosch of Rich River during the CVBD division 1 bowls match between Moama and Rich River. Photo by Luke Hemer.

Peter Hall of Moama during the CVBD division 1 bowls match between Moama and Rich River. Photo by Luke Hemer.

THE CVBD weekend pennant is set to go down to the wire with several teams jostling for finals positions.

Echuca sits top just six points clear of Deniliquin on the division one ladder, and a further six ahead of Moama.

But with three weeks of action remaining, that could all change in an instant.

With two rounds left in the mid-week and three left in the weekend pennant, nothing has been set in concrete.

It makes this weekend’s play even more important.

League leaders Echuca will play seventh-placed Rich River at home, Deniliquin will play bottom of the ladder Deni RSL, and Moama will take on Mathoura, in fifth.

It seems to be that all top three sides should win this weekend, but this is the calm before the storm.

The final two weekends see Echuca take on Deniliquin (second) away in the penultimate round, before heading back home to take on third-placed Echuca.

Given the delicate situation of the league, each game has now become a must-win for the top three if they hope to win the flag.

Divisions two, four and five have all been decided already — three weeks out from the end of the competition.

However, the third tier is still up for grabs as Echuca tries to hang on to a seven-point lead over Elmore and Moama.

In the mid-week pennant, Moama has a 22-point lead over Echuca White with two rounds remaining.

Therefore, the side just needs to win one of its two final matches to be crowned champions of the 2017-18 season.

This weekend sees Moama host third-placed Deniliquin, while Echuca White face up against fifth-placed Rochester away from home.

Echuca White must win convincingly if it is to have a shot at the title in the final round.

If they gain the maximum points and Moama still wins against Deniliquin, but not by as many as Echuca White beat Rochester, Echuca White has a real shot.

That is, if Moama lose to Echuca B in the final round, unlikely as it seems. Echuca B sits bottom of the ladder, and Echuca White has a harder task of hosting Deniliquin, currently in third.

In division two, Elmore sit 15 points clear of Mathoura, and 17 clear of Moama.

And in the third tier Deniliquin are eight clear of Moama, as the race is on for top spot. Third placed Echuca has a lot of work to do, 21 points back.

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