East, Hawks renew rivalry on bowls greens 

BENDIGO East and Eaglehawk – the combatants in the past three Bendigo Bowls Division grand finals – will lock horns in today’s fifth round.

East has beaten Eaglehawk in the past three grand finals, but after four rounds this season is looking like anything but a premiership contender.

East has won just one of its first four games and is languishing in sixth position.

Last week Bendigo East copped a 20-shot defeat from Castlemaine, with only Brad Holland the winning skipper.

Eaglehawk was slow out of the blocks early, losing its first two games, but has regained its winning touch with victories in its past two matches.

Last week’s win over Inglewood was particularly ominous, with the margin 47 shots as the Hawks pushed their way into the top four.

Last time: Bendigo East 87 d Eaglehawk 79.

● It will be a clash of top versus bottom when Bendigo hosts Strathfieldsaye.

Bendigo is the only undefeated team in the competition and was last week too good for Kangaroo Flat, winning by nine shots.

Gary Carberry’s rink continues to dominate, having won its four games by a combined 60 shots.

The winless Strathfieldsaye was competitive against Golden Square last week, only going down by 12 shots, but it’s hard to see an upset in this contest.

Last time: Bendigo 125 d Strathfieldsaye 65.

● The match of the round will be played at Golden Square when it takes on Castlemaine.

The two sides sit second and third on the ladder, each with 3-1 records, with the winner to cement their position in the top two.

Rod Phillips’ rink is performing strongly for Castlemaine, as he is one of only three undefeated skippers in the competition.

Last time: Golden Square 109 d Castlemaine 93.

● Kangaroo Flat will be eyeing off a return to the top four when it travels to Inglewood in a game the fifth-placed Flat will start favourites in.

Then again, Inglewood won its last clash against the Flat by 29 shots.

Last time: Inglewood 109 d Kangaroo Flat 80.

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