Benalla Bowls Club’s A1 weekend pennant side continued its hot streak of form with a 92-73 win over title rival Wodonga on Saturday.
Played in Benalla, the game was closely contested, with two of the four home players losing their individual battles.
But it was not enough to offset the overall score, keeping Benalla in the hunt for silverware over the Christmas break.
The side sits second in the Ovens and Murray Weekend Pennant A1 competition. The competition will resume on January 13, with Benalla playing away at Yarrawonga.
Benalla A1 playing coach Matt Robertson said it was a good way for the club to go into the Christmas break.
‘‘This time last year we were staving off relegation, and now we could be looking at a premiership,’’ he said.
‘‘We didn’t get to play (ladder leaders Corowa) in the rained out game. That’s the only one that I’m worried about.’’
In the club’s men’s singles championship, Robertson defeated good friend Shawn McMahan in a close-run game, the final score 25-24.
In the men’s minor single championship, Graeme Pitts could not overcome Chris Cooney’s challenge. The final score was 26-24.
Sharon Warfe took out the women’s singles championship over Gail Banfield in a convincing 25-4 result.
In the midweek pennant, the division one side defeated Wodonga 78-62 at home. S. Warfe won 26-22, M. Robertson won 31-15, and B. Armstrong lost 21-25.
The division two side lost 48-98 away to Myrtleford. I. Capp lost 11-36, P. Merkel lost 13-29, and J. Hodder lost 24-33.
Division four had an 83-52 away win over Swanpool. R. Allen won 28-18, J. Lia won 31-13, and J. Dennis won 24-21.
Division five won 84-64 at home against Corowa Services. J. Tabe lost 20-26, G. Watt won 26-23, and M. Tilbury won 38-15.
In the weekend pennant, the A2 side travelled to Wodonga and lost 85-96. G. McNutt lost 20-29, E. Tomkins lost 22-25, J. Hodder lost 19-25, and R. Warnock won 24-17.
Benalla A4 won 94-86 at home against Milawa. G. Lessing lost 16-27, T. Armstrong won 36-9 , H. Dartman lost 24-28, and G. Yates lost 18-22.
Benalla B1 won 81-62 over Moira away. M. White won 26-18, L. Lidgerwood won 26-18, W. Johnson won 26-18.
At the indoor bowls last week the winners were V. Pocknall, V. King, J. Holmes and R. Edwards with three wins plus 19. Runners-up were M. Price, C. Levy, G. Green and V. Haag.
At the senior citizen bowls last week the winners were D. Mitchell (S), R. Leek and L. Scholz. Runners-up were M. Empey (S), J. Holmes and G. Sharp.
Friday’s winners were T. Anderson (S), J. Quick, F. Wright and H. Ray. Runners-up were M. Charlwood (S), D. Mitchell, L. Saunders and P. Madden.
Barefoot bowls will continue to be played on Friday nights from 6pm to 8pm.