A WARRNAMBOOL darts team can claim to be the best in the region.
The eight-member line-up took the honours in an annual series involving Horsham, Hamilton and Mount Gambier.
Warrnambool finished with a 7-2 record from the nine rounds, each made up of 61 games — 48 singles, 12 doubles and one teams.
A 33-28 defeat of Horsham in the final round at City Memorial Bowls Club on Sunday secured the memorable triumph.
Victorious captain Michael Fletcher said Warrnambool started Sunday one win ahead of Mount Gambier.
The South Australians defeated Hamilton in their final-round match, meaning Warrnambool had to do likewise against Horsham to claim the series.
“We were a game ahead and we knew if we won, we would win it (overall),” Fletcher said.
“We kept an eye on the other game, obviously. We won against Horsham and Mount Gambier won against Hamilton.”
Fletcher said Warrnambool re-entered the series — which had previously involved Portland, Ararat and Millicent — in 2012 after a five-year break.
He said Warrnambool was runner-up in its return season before going one better this time around — its first win since 2001.
“I think it’s a fair achievement. The rest of the sides were all pretty strong,” he said.
“All the sides are pretty close. They’re all pretty strong sides. There are no easy rounds.”
Ron Bourke led the way for Warrnambool throughout the series as the most consistent darts thrower.
Other team members included Fletcher, Leigh Giblin, Brett Thornton, Phil Jans, Brian Harmsworth, Gayle Harmsworth and Tash Houghton.