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Cricket sides jostle for finals spots in a massive weekend of sport

By Andrew Johnston

Cricket

Two games remain in the Goulburn Murray Cricket season, and the top four seems to be set in stone - almost.

Only Rochester can make the finals from outside the four, while two of the teams currently in the four can theoretically still fall out.

And at the end of the two-day match, we could be locked into our top four.

●Moama seemingly has the easiest match of the round when it takes on Echuca South.

The ladder-leaders have a half-a-game advantage over Kyabram Fire Brigade, but look pretty likely to stay in the top two and get a home final no matter what.

South has seriously struggled this year, winning juts two games, while Moama has nine wins to its name.

But two rounds ago, we saw something pretty similar.

Moama wason top, taking on the struggling BLU, and looked a near certainty to win.

But BLU shocked them and got the win.

As South has shown this season, it does have the ability to play some pretty good cricket, so Moama can't take this too lightly if it wants to win the match.

●A battle between two top four sides comes to us as Fire Brigade take on Cooma.

Ky look pretty likely to finish top two, so this match will have more of an impact on Cooma's top four hopes.

The Flames sit a game and a half ahead of Rochester, so a loss here will probably drag that back to half-a-game (though an outright loss could see Rochy jump them straight away.)

If Cooma gets the win, they all but shut the door on Rochy.

A lot at stake for the top four in the next two days of cricket.

●Tongala could yet fall out of the top four, though it seems unlikely.

A win for the Blues lock them into the four, and they could yet finish with a top two spot.

Echuca had a good win last week against Rochester, and are putting on good showings regularly this year, so this is by no means a slam dunk for the Blues.

●Rochester needs to win - no two ways about it.

If they lose this round, there are no more chances.

BLU have won against Moama which should create a bit of doubt for Rochester, but with so much riding on the line, you'd have to feel Rochester go into the match the likely victors.

Bowls

Two rounds remain before we head to finals in both mid-week and weekend lawn bowls pennant, so Tongala and Moama are safe atop the ladder.

In mid-week today, Moama faces Rochester at home as they continue their preparation for the finals, while City of Echuca heads to Mathoura and Rich River hosts Deniliquin.

In weekend action, Tongala will host City of Echuca.

City could theoretically still claim top spot, but it doesn't look likely from here.

They would need a good win, so this is their chance.

In other contests Moama takes on Deni RSL, Deniliquin faces Rich River, and Mathoura squares off with Rochester.

Tennis

Rich River 1 is back on top in the Campaspe Tennis Association.

And they will be looking to stay there this week when they face Echuca Lawn 1.

Rich River 1 and Lawn 2 are deadlocked, with just percentage separating the two sides, so both will be desperate to keep winning to hold position.

Lawn 2 will travel to Rochetser to play Rochy 2, while Elmore 1 and Rochetser 1 face off in Elmore.

South 1 and 2 will play against each other at home.

In Goulburn Murray Lawn Tennis Association, both sides will be at home.

Rich River Rebels will face off with the Shepparton Bulls, while Echuca/Rochester take on the Shepparton Lakers.