Lockington Bowls Club will likely have two divisions in the Campaspe Valley Bowls Division weekend pennant finals this season according to tournament secretary Chris Stewart.
Division two have played consistently in the season leading up to the Christmas break and maintained a spot within the top four after a win against Tongala at the weekend.
Division four also had success on Saturday, rolling Tongala by 23 shots and were only 40 points shy of a place in the finals.
‘‘In division four City of Echuca, Moama and Rich River are definitely the main competitors,’’ Stewart said.
‘‘Otherwise it’s a fairly even field and despite what the points may indicate there’s no real runaway leaders and when you look at the results no one is being beaten by a great deal.’’
Stewart added it was great for teams to have such a close competition as it helped people continue to enjoy their bowls.
‘‘And it’s across the entire board, with the top divisions also being in tight contest,’’ he said.
‘‘It can really ruin your day if you lose by a lot.’’
Stewart was confident if division four could continue to string together a few wins they could move their way up on the premiership ladder.
He had his fingers crossed division two could continue on their consistent way to have a showing in the finals.
‘‘I think everyone’s performed above expectations this season and at the moment we’re going pretty well,’’ he said.
‘‘Playing the better teams really brings out the best in our bowlers. Sometimes you can go into games against lower sides with a casual attitude and the unexpected happens, but we’ve been pretty competitive across the board.’’
The women struggled this season in midweek pennant with only the one win.
Persistence is the key if Lockington is to turn around the second half of its season.
The side will look to improve on its last performance for 2016, a loss to City of Echuca.
Division two will return to play Deniliquin in weekend pennant on January 14, while division four will line up against Rochester.
- Jess Gledhill