Title in its sights

December 27, 2017

Benalla Bowls Club player coach Matt Robertson is looking forward to the challenge that Corowa Civic poses.

It could all come down to one game that is the difference between first and second for the Benalla Bowls Club.

The club’s A1 Weekend Pennant side has the Ovens and Murray title in its sights, sitting second on the ladder after eight rounds of play.

It is a dramatic turnaround from this time last year, when the A1 team was fighting relegation, but managed to turn the tide in the final few rounds to stay up.

Benalla’s playing coach Matt Robertson last week said he was proud of the side to make amends for last season’s struggles.

‘‘It feels good to be sitting second, just three (points) off the top, it’s a big turn-around,’’ Robertson said.

‘‘We were staving off relegation last year, and now we could be looking at a premiership.

‘‘We play (Corowa Civic) last, and that could be us playing for top spot, or for a spot in the final.’’

Benalla sits second on 120 points, behind Corowa on 123, with both sides having won seven of eight matches.

After holding off a spirited attack from fourth-placed Wodonga, Benalla looks set to contend the title with Civic, as third-placed YMGCR is 18 points behind Benalla.

The game scheduled for the two sides to be contested on December 2, was cancelled on account of heavy storm warnings, which never eventuated.

This means the 14th and final round of the Ovens and Murray Weekend Pennant could well be the decider between first and second for the two teams.

Robertson said the side was disappointed to have not played Corowa because of rain, but was looking forward to that challenge when it came.

‘‘We didn’t get to play them in the rained out game,’’ he said.

‘‘That’s the only one I’m worried about.

‘‘Otherwise the only one that beat us was Wodonga, and we just beat them the other weekend, so I’m pretty happy with that.’’

Benalla’s final games

Round 10: Yarrawonga v Benalla (away), January 13

Round 11: Benalla v YMGCR (home), January 20

Round 12: Rutherglen v Benalla (away), January 27

Round 13: Benalla v Kiewa Valley (home), February 3

Round 14: Corowa Civic v Benalla (away), February 10

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