FRIENDLY rivalry will be put to the test today in Western District Bowls Division Tuesday pennant.
Clubmates City Memorial Green and City Memorial Gold will go head-to-head in a top-of-the-table clash just three weeks out from division one finals.
Green has won its past six games, earning top billing, while Gold, the club's firsts, slipped to second following a slip-up against lowly clubmate City Pink last round.
Green is two points clear of Gold on the ladder heading into the round 12 showdown. The game is important for both sides.
Green skipper Dorothy Gleeson said both teams wanted a double chance come finals.
"We'll be hoping to keep first or second place just to have the second chance," she said.
"It is always friendly rivalry but it's hard playing your own team."
Gleeson has played for Gold previously and has a thorough understanding of its players.
"I have had a difficult task this year. I have gone from second in Gold to skipping in Green," she said.
"It has been a steep learning curve going up to skip."
Gold skipper Chris McMahon said today's clash could go down to the wire, admitting she was "a bit toey" about the game.
"We are pretty well on par between Gold and Green," she said.
"It should be a very good but we just hope we come out on top. It is good for the club to have two top sides up there."
McMahon said Gold had moved on from its shock loss to Pink.
"Pink played very well and that's how we lost," she said.
"We didn't play well enough. They were too good for us on the day."
Fourth-placed Terang will have its hands full against a confident City Memorial Pink , Timboon hosts finals-bound Warrnambool Gold and sixth-placed Warrnambool Blue and fifth-placed Port Fairy Gold will meet in a season-defining clash for both sides in the other round 12 matchups.