Warrnambool Gold beats top side but falls to third

WARRNAMBOOL Gold claimed Tuesday pennant title favouritism but still dropped to third after an eventful round on the greens.

Warrnambool defeated cross-town rival City Memorial Gold 69-63 in round nine of the Western District Bowls Division (WDBD) season yesterday.

The two-rinks-to-one win at Timor Street allowed Warrnambool to exact revenge on City Memorial, which won the first meeting of the sides back in round two.

But it couldn’t prevent it from dropping to third. City Memorial Green moved up to second, while City Memorial Gold remains on top.

Warrnambool’s Bev Hayes claimed the biggest win of the afternoon, a 32-16 triumph against Barbara Bibby.

Kaye Madden defeated Denise Hillier 21-18, while Brenda Hawker went down to Joan Stephenson 16-29.

Despite her rink’s defeat, Hawker still had reasons to celebrate after learning she had become a grandmother.

“It was a great game of bowls, a very good game of bowls,” Warrnambool’s Pat Boyd said.

“Brenda Hawker has just become a grandmother for the first time. Her daughter was in hospital having a baby and they rang her up to let her know she had become a grandmother.”

Boyd, who played as a leader to Madden, said Warrnambool trailed at the halfway mark but stormed home late. Her rink won its last five ends, while Hayes picked up four shots on the final end to snuff out any hopes of a City Memorial win.

“It was better than the day we were up there. We got whipped,” Boyd said.

“It was a good turnaround. It was home-ground advantage and the wind was terrible.”

Elsewhere, City Memorial Green was the big mover, posting a 93-52 win against intra-club rival City Memorial Pink at Cramer Street.

Karina Ellery was the big winner, defeating Lorraine Dakin 36-17.

Warrnambool Blue claimed an important away win against Timboon, 88-54, winning all three rinks.

Kathleen Brockett had the biggest say in the margin with a 29-11 win against Betty Russell.

Terang moved clear in fourth spot after taking all three rinks in an 82-51 win against Port Fairy Gold at Terang.

The Tuesday pennant season now breaks for Christmas and resumes on January 8. 

There are five rounds to go.

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