North Albury’s one-shot win against Lavington handed it the minor premiership in the final round of the Albury and District Bowling Association grade three pennant season on Saturday.
The 52-51 result in the Hoppers’ favour saw the two sides finish on 62.5 points, but a superior shots difference allowed North Albury to leapfrog the Panthers the weekend before finals.
No more than three shots separated all three rinks’ scores, with Norm Honey getting an 18-15 win for the Hoppers against Lavington’s Ken Allen.
Stephen Broad and Adrian Pantling tied at 20 shots apiece, while Vic Moore got a rink win for the Panthers with a 16-14 victory against Allen Ross.
Howlong and Commerical also played out a thriller, with the Spiders coming away with a 62-57 win.
John Dawson was too strong for Les Murphy, 26-12, which ultimately proved the difference.
Commercial claimed the remaining two rinks thanks to Bernie Mahlo’s 25-17 victory over Phil Slater and David Barnes’ hard-fought 20-19 triumph against Ian Doolan.
Culcairn finished off its season in fifth spot with a comfortable 67-41 victory over Henty.
The final ladder is: North Albury 62.5, Lavington 62.5, Howlong 54, Commercial 35, Culcairn 31.5, Henty 24.5.
Semi-finals and the final will be played next weekend, with North Albury hosting Commercial and Lavington facing Howlong.