City of Echuca's division one side will hope to bounce back from the weekend’s loss to Rochester at home in the Campaspe Valley Bowls Division when they take on Tongala this Saturday.
They will return to the home greens hungry for a win and the knowledge every point counts towards a spot in the top four, with little margin currently separating teams.
The team suffered a three-shot deficit (69-72) at the hands of Rochester after leading for most the day.
Philip Thorn’s rink was over-taken in the final ends to lose 26-31, but results could have gone either way.
‘‘There were close games all day,’’ Thorn said.
‘‘It was disappointing to lose after being well in control of the game for most the day, but pennant is a long day and you have to commit to the whole game which we failed to do in the end.’’
Thorn said Rochester performed exceptionally in the later stages of the game to produce a more consistent effort overall.
City of Echuca normally performs strongly at home, but Rochester maintained their composure to record a well-deserved win.
‘‘The competition’s a lot closer this season,’’ Thorn said.
‘‘It’s very competitive.
‘‘Next week should be another tough match (against Tongala) and we’ll have to play well for the whole 25 ends if we hope to get a win at home.’’
George Thornley had the only winning rink on the day.
The midweek division one side also lost by three to Rich River at the weekend, despite a 17-shot win from Veronica Kelly’s rink, 29-12.
The division two side also competed against Rich River on Friday and eventually won by five with two rinks up.
Margaret Shearer skipped one of the winning teams 26-21 and Gwenda Ryan’s rink recorded the other win 27-25 to get their division across the line.
In division three teams skipped by Joan Moss and Joan Armstrong recorded wins to claim a 16-shot victory against Rich River and put the results in their favour.
Weekend pennant continued on a winning streak for City of Echuca when division two returned from Deniliquin the victors by six and two rinks recording wins.
The team skipped by Carl Davis won by six, and Toby Egan’s team finished in front by four.
All three division three teams won their games in an impressive 42-shot win against Rochester at home.
And division four, who travelled to Rochester for their weekend’s contest, were welcomed back at the club as winners by 27.
The team of Cec Moss, Bob Tyson, Keith McGowan and Jack Shearer won their game by an impressive 41 to secure the day.
Both Division five teams won by 21 shots in their home clash against Rochester.