Tough trip for in-form ‘ones’

January 12, 2018

Skipper Shane Laing (left) provides some direction to John Flisher for his next bowl in Division One earlier in the 2017/18 season.

Deniliquin Bowling Club’s Division One side is one of the flag favourites as the competition resumes for the second half of the Campaspe Valley Bowls Division season tomorrow.

Deni is second on the ladder behind Echuca and in front of reigning premier Moama in third place, with all three teams boasting a win-loss record of 7-2.

Tomorrow Deni travel to take on Tongala, which is in sixth position on the ladder.

Despite their win-loss record of 3-6, Tongala poses a serious threat, being one of the two teams to defeat Deni this season.

Division One skipper Stefan Truelsen said Tongala has always been a bogey side for Deni.

‘‘For some strange reason we’ve always seemed to struggle against Tongala,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s a must win game for us and we have to be at our best to knock them off.

‘‘We’ll be going in with what has been virtually the same line-up all season, so hopefully we can turn around the previous result.’’

It’s been a strong turnaround for the Deni Division One side, having missed finals last year in what was a disappointing season.

Truelsen believes it’s the stability of the side that has led to the improved position.

‘‘We’ve stuck with the same teams every week and it’s working for us,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ve had a couple of weeks where one or two players have been unavailable, but there hasn’t been any significant changes in Division One.

‘‘I think our depth of players has been a huge reason for the improvement as well.

‘‘Everyone realises that their spot isn’t 100 per cent safe and that you can’t just miss a week to go fishing.

‘‘Everyone is turning up to training and the commitment is there from everyone.

‘‘Last year we managed to beat Moama and we did it again earlier this season, which was a huge accomplishment for us.

‘‘We also won on two rinks against Echuca but lost overall by six shots.

‘‘There’s not a lot between us and the other teams near the top so there’s no doubt that we are happy with where we are.

‘‘There’s a fair bit of spirit at the club at the moment, so hopefully we can keep up the good work.’’

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