An eight-shot end from Allen Ross, David Doolan, Danny Czuczman and Eddie Simmons was the talking point in North Albury’s win against Lavington to round out the home and away season in Albury and District grade three pennant on Saturday.
The combination picked up the maximum score against Adrian Pantling’s rink to help the Hoppers to a 68-48 victory at North Albury and set up a another meeting with the Panthers in the semi-finals.
Ross’ side came away with a 24-17 triumph, Norm Honey accounted for Darren Moore, 24-11, while Stephen Broad and Vic Moore finished level at 20-20, giving the Hoppers 9.5 points.
Howlong ensured it would stay second with a dominant 81-38 salute against Commercial at home.
The Spiders claimed all 10 points thanks to John Dawson’s 27-15 result against Bernie Mahlo and Phil Slater’s 29-13 victory over David Barnes, while Ian Doolan was too strong for Darryl Coventry, 25-10.
Henty finished the season third and will play Howlong in the semis after taking down Culcairn, 73-54.
Glenn Harrison’s side defeated Dave Trebley, 29-17, while Peter Forck kept up his strong form with a 29-19 win over Terry Hensel.
Culcairn’s only point came from a 18-15 result for Jim Lee against Kim Maher.
The grade three ladder is: North Albury 87 (+144), Howlong 66 (+75), Henty 61.5 (+44), Lavington 43.5 (-22), Culcairn 27.5 (-81), Commercial 14.5 (-160).
Finals for the top division will be played at Culcairn next weekend.
Meanwhile, Commercial and Holbrook will meet in the grade four grand final at North Albury next Sunday.
Holbrook snuck through to the decider by 1.5 points, despite dropping its final round clash against Commercial, 60-52, with North Albury’s 61-57 defeat of Henty dashing the Swampies’ hopes.
In grade five, Lavington fell 61-59 to Oaklands, Walla upstaged North Albury, 59-50, Howlong accounted for Culcairn, 81-52, while Commercial beat Rand, 62-55.
Lavington (1) will meet Howlong (4), while North Albury (2) will take on Oaklands (3) in the semis at Walla on Saturday.
Commercial finished top in grade six with a 70-46 salute at Howlong, Walla edged out North Albury Green, 63-61, North Albury Yellow grabbed a 76-47 victory over Lavington, while Holbrook beat Henty, 62-47.
Lavington hosts the semis, with Commercial (1) to meet North Albury Yellow (4) as Holbrook (2) squares off with North Albury Green (3).