Ladder leaders clash on Golden Square's bowling greens 

THE top-of-the-ladder clash between Bendigo and Golden Square highlights today’s round seven of the Bendigo Bowls Division season.

A win at Golden Square today and Bendigo will have reached the halfway mark of the season undefeated.

However, the flag favourites will have to be at the top of their game to defeat Golden Square, which sits second and has won its past three games.

A pleasing sign for Bendigo in recent weeks has been the turnaround in form from Torie Babitsch’s rink.

After losing its first four games, Babitsch’s rink has won its past two by a combined 38 shots.

Tas Wallis’ has been the form rink for Golden Square in recent weeks, winning its past three games by an average of 15 shots.

Last time: Golden Square 97 d Bendigo 96.

● Eaglehawk will be striving to cement its place in the top four when it hosts Kangaroo Flat.

Having opened the season with two losses, the Hawks have since won three of their past four games, which included a 40-shot triumph over Strathfieldsaye last week.

Among the rinks that continue to perform strongly for the Hawks is that of Gary Beckham, which has won its past four games.

Kangaroo Flat is 3-3 and one of four teams, along with the Hawks, Castlemaine and Bendigo East, that is separated by just three points from positions three to six on the logjam of a ladder.

The Flat has lost its past four games against the Hawks.

Last time: Eaglehawk 102 d Kangaroo Flat 71.

● Bendigo East takes on Inglewood at home.

East’s premiership defence is starting to build momentum with wins over Kangaroo Flat and Eaglehawk in the past fortnight and it should be far too good for Inglewood, who it has won its past six games against by an average of 41 shots.

Last time: Bendigo East 110 d Inglewood 74.

● Castlemaine should maintain its position in the top four when it hosts winless bottom side Strathfieldsaye.

The Maine needs to reiginite its season after losing its past two games to competition pacesetters Bendigo and Golden Square.

Last time: Castlemaine 108 d Strathfieldsaye 90.

INTENSE: Castlemaine's Ray Noble watches this bowl in the team's  match at Bendigo. Picture: JULIE HOUGH

INTENSE: Castlemaine's Ray Noble watches this bowl in the team's match at Bendigo. Picture: JULIE HOUGH