Bowling powerhouses back in business

LAWN bowls powerhouses City Memorial Red and Warrnambool Gold are on track to reaffirm their dominance of the competition.

The two Western District Bowls Division sides have opened up a decisive gap on their division one rivals after six rounds of the Saturday pennant season.

Warrnambool Gold heads the table with 86 points, ahead of City Memorial Red on 81.

City Memorial Gold is a distant third with 57 points, equal with fourth-placed Warrnambool Blue.

Bowls followers have to look to fifth — Terang Green, 56 — to find a side not from the division’s two biggest clubs.

Terang was the big winner of the weekend, upstaging Warrnambool Blue 92-82 at Terang.

Charlie Duynhoven defeated Colin Jensen 21-16, Jim Heffernan beat John O’Brien 25-21 and Jim Whitehead held on against Mick Edwards 26-22.

Kevin Lee skippered the only losing rink, falling 20-23 to Neville Lynch.

Lee said the win was well earned — “It was very nice to beat one of the big four”.“It was tight all day, every rink was tight all day,” he said. “We seemed to have our noses in front on three rinks, and one rink — which was mine — wasn’t far behind.

“We finished up trying to save shots at the end.

“And even Jim’s rink, we were both trying to cover what the others hand up and keep bowls in the head.” Lee said Terang did not have high expectations for its season but was rapt to own fifth spot.

He said the side was not as strong on paper as last season, but its rinks had proved to be “fairly compatible”.

The win against Warrnambool Blue came after a rare away win against Dennington Red in round three. “We’ve got a handy gap but Port Fairy next week at Port Fairy is a danger game,” Lee said.

“They’re a danger game next week and the week after we always have a great game against Timboon.

“If we can win those two we would be in with a chance.”

Elsewhere, Port Fairy Red moved off the bottom of the ladder with a valuable away win against Mortlake Blue, 91-80.

Port Fairy won two rinks and drew another, with Alan Parker enjoying a 24-11 win against Bryan Parker.

City Memorial Gold had to fight hard to beat Warrnambool White two rinks all, 100-88.

City Memorial prevailed thanks to Fred Fish’s 35-10 win against Ian Hatfield.

A 40-9 win by Ken Bell against Ian Wood helped Warrnambool Gold to a 119-62 win against Dennington Red.

Warrnambool won all four rinks — the only division one side to do so at the weekend — to claim maximum points.

And City Memorial Red completed a successful raid at Timboon Gold, winning 105-71. City Memorial won three rinks and drew the fourth to maintain its hold on second.

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