All Port Fairy sides well-placed for bowls finals

PORT Fairy lawn bowler Andrew Pink says the club is well-placed to make a strong assault on the Western District Bowls Division (WDBD) finals series.

The club’s four Saturday pennant teams are comfortably entrenched in the top four of their respective grades with one round to play before the Christmas break, while its three Tuesday pennant teams also hold top-four places.

In Saturday pennant, Port Fairy Red sits third in division one, Port Fairy Blue heads the division three table and Port Fairy Green and Port Fairy Black are second and third respectively on the division four ladder.

In Tuesday pennant, Port Fairy Gold is first in the top grade, Port Fairy Green is second in division two and Port Fairy Red sits fourth in division three.

“The club is buzzing at the moment,” Pink said. 

“In every division we’re in we are all sitting in the top four and players around the club who have been there longer than me can’t remember that, especially having division one sitting third.”

Port Fairy Red scraped home against a determined Terang Green in division one Saturday pennant, setting up a showdown with unbeaten Warrnambool Gold next weekend.

Pink said the 95-91 win over Terang Green was hard work.

He said his side tipped the momentum its way after afternoon tea.

“Chris Fox really lifted,” he said.

“Jim Lowe’s rink, we went down a few shots, but Chris covered that.

“Kevin Preston was up from third division and they had a draw. It came down to the last five ends.”

Pink said Terang Green, which sits sixth after 11 rounds, was gallant. 

“I don’t think they can advance higher than they are but, in saying that, you don’t know,” Pink said.

“They are trying a lot of younger skippers, which is good.”

Pink said Port Fairy Red would take confidence into its match against reigning premier Warrnambool Gold.

“We are out to beat them,” Pink said.

“We’ll go over there and give it a go.” 

Ninth-placed Warrnambool White caused an upset, downing City Memorial Gold 98-90.

Ian Hatfield’s 35-15 drubbing of Ian Wood’s rink was enough to seal the win for Warrnambool White.

In other round 11 games, second-placed City Memorial Red thumped fourth-placed Warrnambool Blue 113-71, Koroit Blue trounced Timboon Gold 128-80 and Warrnambool Gold was too good for Dennington Red 100-80.

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