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Moama on a roll in pennants

By Fraser Walker-Pearce

MOAMA has regained control of both the midweek and weekend bowls division one pennant competitions.

After weeks away from the top rung on the ladder in Friday and Saturday tournaments, Moama’s bowlers took their chances and reclaimed what has been eluding them for some time.

So emphatic have their results been of late, that across the two competitions there are only two divisions out of eight where Moama is not in first spot.

And in those two divisions, Moama has taken up a comfortable second berth in both.

In the weekend pennant on Saturday, Moama stormed out to a two rink and 72-47 shot victory over mid-table side Deniliquin and, in doing so, collected 14 competition points.

Previous frontrunner Tongala was taught a lesson by lowly-ranked Mathoura as the visitors claimed an easy 39-shot victory, just their fourth of the campaign.

That result paved the way for Moama’s top bowlers to take back the top spot.

Moama Bowling Club sports administrator Zane Mikin-Laurie said now the teams had settled into a rhythm, the club couldn’t be happier with the way things were looking at the halfway mark.

‘‘They’re cruising along now and they’ve started to settle down in both the Saturday and the midweek with their rinks and teams,’’ Mikin-Laurie said.

‘‘We’re very happy with where we’re at, but there’s still a long way to go and now they’ve started to settle we can look to cement those (top) spots.

‘‘Particularly we’re pleased with our midweek division two and three sides, as they haven’t been as successful as some others in previous years, so to have the div two and threes on top is great because it’s something we’ve been working on and something the selectors have looked at,’’ he said.

In other weekend results, Rochester defeated City of Echuca in a 71-60 scoreline, leaving Rochy in fifth and Echuca in fourth.

And Rich River dodged a bullet when it snuck past wooden spoon contenders Deniliquin RSL by just five shots. That result sees Rich River in third and Deni remain rock bottom.

In the midweek pennant, Moama escaped from Deniliquin with a scoreline far too close for comfort.

An 82-78 shot victory was just enough to nab 14 points and retain top spot.

Mathoura and Rochester played out an exciting 71-all draw, leaving them in fifth and sixth positions respectively.

But it might be closer at the top of the table than some think.

City of Echuca is quickly running down frontrunners Moama. And Echuca’s 95-49 smashing of mid-table Rich River should be seen as a warning shot for Moama and give it something to think about as its gap at the top is slowly shaved away.

It makes Friday’s match, Moama hosting Echuca, all the more important. A win for either side is huge in the context of the season.

In other matchups, Mathoura hosts Deniliquin; and Rich River will do its best to see out the visiting Rochester.