Tatura Bowls Club's Division 2 Weekend pennant held on to fourth spot on the ladder by a very slim margin despite being smashed by second-positioned Shepparton Golf in the first round of pennant following the Christmas break.
At the lunch break the margin was just two shots overall, but Shepparton Golf then showed a latter half dominance to trounce Tatura, winning on all four rinks and winning by 41 shots, 120 to 79.
Nick Boyd on the 11th end was leading comfortably, 16 to 2, against Roy Brown but could only manage to win three more of the remaining 14 ends to be overrun 23 to 26.
Still leading at the 21st end, 21 to 16, Nick Boyd's rink lost 10 shots to two to relinquish a lead that they held for the first 22 of the 25 ends played.
Jason Carter's rink started well against Wayne Gribble, leading 11 to two on the sixth end, then lost 13 shots in the next four ends to be trailing 11 to 13.
Carter's rink never gave up and regained the ascendancy on the 22nd end, up by three shots, 23 to 20.
Disaster then struck the visiting Tatura side when they lost the next three ends with an 11-shot deficit to be beaten by eight shots, 23 to 31.
Brendon Boyd and Graham Waddell were having a tight match, eight all on the 11th end, but Boyd's rink were out-bowled from that moment on, winning only a total of nine ends for the day and well beaten by day's end by 11 shots, 15 to 26.
A slow start by John Attwood against Graham Myers resulted in them chasing a side that was growing their lead the further the game played on. Myers’ rink home by 19 shots the biggest margin for the day with a large scoreline, 37 to 18.
Tatura's Weekend Division 6 West side got home from the visiting Mooroopna Golf side, winning by 26 shots, 81 to 55 and 14 points to two.
The win was set-up by the huge victory of Joyce Andrus (S), Col Johnson, George Tully and Graham Andrus who combined to defeat Ken Maude's team by a huge 22 shots 33 to 11.
Freda Clement had an enthralling battle against Ray Booth and won by five shots, 25 to 20.
Dave Westin looked to be in trouble against Evelyn Harper when trailing four to 16 on the 12th end but rattled on five consecutive winning ends to hit the front, 20 to 16.
The Harper rink then regrouped and fought back strongly to be down by just one shot on the penultimate end.
Mooroopna Golf scored two shots on the last to defeat Westin 24 to 23 and to gain their two points for the day. Tatura hang onto fourth spot on the ladder by just two points.
This Friday night from 6 pm and under lights Tatura's Division 2 will be playing at home against Hill Top.
All visitors are welcome to attend and a sausage sizzle will be available. Club events are currently being played and bowlers are reminded to play their games by the listed date.
-By John Crilly.