Team within sight of summit

By Fraser Walker-Pearce

MOAMA can see the CVBD midweek pennant minor premiership on the horizon — and it is getting closer with each passing week.

Moama’s Friday bowlers did not lose any pre-Christmas momentum when they put Mathoura to the sword at home in round 11 of pennant action.

The home side secured a comprehensive three-rink, 92-53, win over the visitors — ensuring they grabbed maximum points from the fixture.

The additional 16 points sees Moama remain clear leaders of the pennant with daylight between the best and the rest.

Moama leads now by 33 points with four rounds remaining, meaning the side has to win just twice more to make it impossible to be caught by cross-river rivals City of Echuca and claim the minor premiership.

Echuca won in its own return to the greens on Friday, with a complete and dominant performance from start to finish against visiting side Rochester.

Leading wooden spoon Rochy all the way, Echuca secured a huge three-rink, 97-46 shot, victory to also snare all 16 competition points, to remain in the hunt.

It leaves Echuca with the difficult task of winning every last match in the normal season to heap the pressure on Moama not to slip up and drop points.

That assignment starts on Friday against third-placed Deniliquin.

Deni snatched their own win as they marked a strong return to the greens on Friday against fourth-placed Rich River.

Winning two rinks and tying the other with the visitors, Deni claimed an 83-55 shot win — etching another 15 competition points onto their season tally.

Friday’s action in round 12 sees league leaders Moama take on wooden spoon Rochester away from home, while fifth-placed Mathoura hosts fourth seeded Rich River, and City of Echuca host third-placed Deni to remain in the title race.

Weekend pennant results will be in Wednesday’s the Riv.