THE battle to make the final four in all three sections of North Gippsland Saturday bowls is getting tougher each week.
Even Sale White, which led in all sections, was defeated in all three last weekend.
THIRD and fourth spots are up for grabs in section one, with only 11 points separating Sale Blue, Sale Golf, Yarram and Stratford.
The top six clubs meet next Saturday. Second-placed Maffra will play Stratford, which is sixth, Sale Golf (fourth) and top side Sale White will meet, while there will be a big game between third-placed Sale Blue and fifth-placed Yarram at Yarram. Heyfield will host Rosedale.
IN section two, Yarram replaced Sale White on top of the ladder after its victory in the top of the table clash.
Sixth-placed Maffra kept its hopes alive of playing in the finals after defeating third-placed Heyfield.
Stratford (fifth) is now even on points with Sale Blue in fourth after defeating Blue, and Sale Golf defeated Wurruk .
MAFFRA went to the top of the section three ladder with victory over Heyfield.
Sale White dropped to second spot after its loss to Yarram Green.
Rosedale is fifth and reduced the margin Sale Blue in fourth to three points following its victory.
Stratford defeated Yarram Gold.