WESTERN District Bowls Division’s top-grade Saturday pennant round consisted of four blowouts, with just one match decided by single figures.
A whopping 159 shots separated the winners and losers in a lop-sided round three.
The top four teams all celebrated big wins.
Ladder-leader City Mem-orial Red recorded a 25-shot win against bottom-placed Timboon Gold, second-placed Warrnambool Gold trounced lowly Warrnambool White by 46 shots, third-placed Warrnambool Blue annihilated Dennington Red by 43 shots and fourth-placed Koroit Blue scored a 36-shot win against Terang Green.
The closest game of the round was another reflection of ladder standings.
Sixth-placed Port Fairy Red defeated City Memorial Gold by nine shots.
Koroit Blue remains in the top four despite losing its round one premiership points.
The newly-promoted division one side had its win against Warrnambool Blue scratched and declared a forfeit after it played a player yet to be cleared.
WDBD made the decision on Thursday.
Koroit Blue leader Stephen Quinlan said the club, which has enjoyed a strong start to its division one campaign, had moved on and “took the good with the bad”.
“We expected to win four or five for the year but to win three on end to start is great,” he said.
“We have a young group and there’s continued improvement overall and the skips are all going well.”
Koroit Blue had a clean sweep win against Terang Green.
Shane Cashill’s rink produced a 25-17 win against Dan Morrison, Barry Padgham defeated Andrew Taylor 26-20, Peter Kampman was too good for Jamie Heffernan 22-15 and Glenn Keane crushed Jim Whitehead 30-15. “We all got a good start which helps,” Quinlan said.
“Peter Daly, in Shane Cashill’s rink, had a great day as a third. He had consistency, resting touchers on half a dozen occasions.”
Quinlan said while the move to division one was daunting at the beginning, he felt players stepped up when playing against higher-quality opponents. “(I’m) loving it. It’s a bit more of a challenge,” he said.