North Albury moves two wins clear with victory against Howlong

Danny Czuczman has been in excellent form throughout the season for North Albury. Picture: MARK JESSER
Danny Czuczman has been in excellent form throughout the season for North Albury. Picture: MARK JESSER

North Albury has moved two wins clear on top of the Albury and District grade three pennant ladder after a comfortable victory away to nearest rivals Howlong on Saturday.

The Hoppers took control of the early ends and controlled the contest throughout the day to finish 62-45 victors, claiming nine of the 10 points on offer.

A massive 26-6 victory for Norm Honey, Gerald O’Brien, Andrew Hirst and Brett Furze against Wally Bourne’s side set up the victory for North Albury.

Bourne filled in as skipper to cover the absence of John Dawson.

Stephen Broad’s men took down Phil Slater’s in-form rink, 23-15, while Howlong salvaged a point thanks to a 24-13 victory for Ian Doolan against Allen Ross.

The Hoppers done it a little easier than round one when they were forced to come from well behind to pip the Spiders by a shot, 69-68.

Henty gave itself some breathing space in third spot with a 68-51 triumph against Lavington at home.

The Swampies collected nine points thanks to two big rink victories from Peter Forck and Glen Harrison.

Forck took care of Lavington’s Vic Moore 25-14, while Harrison’s side was equally as impressive in its 25-11 defeat of Darren Moore.

Adrian Pantling grabbed a point for the Panthers with a 26-18 win against Gary Kern.

Culcairn handed Commercial another loss to keep them on the bottom.

The Lions withstood the pressure to come away with nine points in the 59-52 salute.

Jim Lee got past Darryl Coventry, 20-13, Dave Trebley accounted for Bernie Mahlo, 19-16, while David Barnes got Commericial on the board with a hard-fought 23-20 victory against Terry Hensel.

The grade three ladder after round six is as follows: North Albury 55.5 (+112), Howlong 39 (+29), Henty 37 (-2), Culcairn 24 (+3), Lavington 21 (-55), Commercial 3.5 (-87).

In grade four, Holbrook leapfrogged North Albury into second spot with 71-56 win away from home, while Commercial suffered a 57-51 loss to Henty, but remain on top.

Oaklands continues to lead the grade five competition thanks to an 80-48 defeat of Howlong.

North Albury is half a point behind after its 69-47 win over Rand.

Lavington stayed third with a 62-50 victory against Commercial, while Culcairn continued its resurgence with a 68-45 salute over Walla.

North Albury Yellow clung to top spot in grade six by beating Henty, 63-58, Commercial stayed in touch with a 62-52 win away to Lavington, Holbrook closed the gap to North Albury Green with a 59-51 triumph against them, while Walla outclassed Howlong, 81-45.