Bowls back from break

NORTH Gippsland Saturday pennant resumed after a three-week break on Saturday.

Section one has tightened up again with only four rounds remaining before the finals.

Sale White is safe in first place but the next four spots are up for grabs. Second-placed Maffra is now only three clear of Heyfield on the ladder after losing at Heyfield.

Yarram Gold slipped from third to fourth after going down to sixth-placed Sale Blue at home by one shot, with the result opening the door Sale Golf, who sits only four points behind. Yarram Gold will play ladder leader Sale White this Saturday in a very crucial match for the Yarram side.

Also next weekend, Maffra will host Yarram Green and Sale Blue will host Heyfield.

THE top three spots in section two look in safe with Rosedale, Heyfield and Sale White well clear of Maffra and Stratford on equal points in fourth and fifth spots, who are 19 clear of sixth-placed Wurruk.

SALE Blue and Sale White are holding a strong grip on first and second positions respectively in section three.

Third-placed Rosedale is three shots clear of Heyfield and five clear of Maffra, making for a very close finish to make the finals with four rounds remaining.

After this week’s round of matches there will be a bye for all clubs because of the Australia Day weekend.