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Shepparton Park confident it can roll Kyabram

By Alex Mitchell

Shepparton Park might sit third on the Allan Matheson Shield table heading into round 13, but it remains as confident it has what it takes to knock off those sides ranked above it.

Having rolled Shepparton Golf before cleaning up against Nagambie and East Shepparton, the Parkers welcome top ranked Kyabram to town this weekend looking to build on their giant-killing reputation.

The side had to share the overall points when they met in round six and skip Paul Warren said it allowed the side to approach the weekend in a positive frame of mind.

‘‘We’ll go out there and try and beat them. We drew last time we played them and now they’ve got to come to our club and play on our home green,’’ he said.

‘‘Hopefully we can beat them but we’ll wait and see how it rolls out on Saturday.

‘‘We also played Shepp Golf on the carpet a couple of weeks ago and beat them, they’ve one of the benchmarks and it was a very tight game.

‘‘Kyabram is the same sort of side, we were probably lucky to draw that game with just one rink winning by a lot of shots. But we’re setting ourselves to try and win all four rinks this weekend, it will be a very competitive game.’’

The Parkers pinched just one rink in round six against Kyabram but it was a big one, with Ross Higgins handing out a 44-9 thrashing to Alan Donaldson to knot the scores.

Now they welcome the Power to the fortress that is the undercover green and the Parkers are undefeated at home for this campaign.

They have outscored their opponents by 180 shots at home this season, losing just three of 20 rinks on offer.

‘‘Basically most clubs have a home ground advantage and there’s no secret we’ve played all our home games indoors this season,’’ Warren said.

‘‘That has to be an advantage of some sort, we’ve gone out this season to try and win as many of those home games as possible.

‘‘The goal is obviously to win enough games to play finals, and then concentrate on training on grass.’’

Kyabram remains in a battle with Golf for top spot but more important is maintaining hot form for finals, with no home-green advantage on offer for the first week of finals.

The Power claimed all 18 points against Stanhope last weekend in a 99-55 win, David Cartwright leading the way with a 33-10 win.

But the Parkers were similarly dominant, winning by 55 shots against East, and Warren said a balanced display would be necessary.

‘‘You need to try and win all four rinks, there can’t be any passengers if you want to beat a side like Ky,’’ he said.

‘‘Everyone has to bowl well, and you can’t have one rink lose by a big margin and have the other three cover that. It has to be even across the board.’’