Albury and District Bowling Association grade three pennant goes down to the wire with North Albury stealing the minor premiership from Lavington after final round win

CLOSE CALL: North Albury's Brett Furze played in the rink skipped by Allen Ross which went down by two shots, but saw the Hoppers win by one overall against Lavington.

CLOSE CALL: North Albury's Brett Furze played in the rink skipped by Allen Ross which went down by two shots, but saw the Hoppers win by one overall against Lavington.

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.

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