Terang Green nudges top four as ladder tightens

TERANG Green gave its Western District Bowls Division finals chances a boost on Saturday, as the race for a top four finish intensified.

The fifth-placed combination recorded a 16-shot win against fourth-placed Warrnambool Blue.

One point splits the two finals hopefuls with four home-and-away rounds to play.

Perennial finalists Warrnambool Gold and City Memorial Red sit comfortably at the head of the table.

But little separates third-placed Port Fairy Red from eighth-placed City Memorial Gold. 

There is just 20 points between the pair on the ladder.

Terang Green skipper Jamie Heffernan said he expected a down-to-the-wire finish.

“The competition is very even,” he said.

“Port Fairy is doing well which is good to see because it’s a small club like us.

“It is open from third to eighth — anyone could finish third and fourth — it’s a matter of keeping on winning.”

Terang Green won three rinks on its way to a 97-81 win against Warrnambool Blue.

Barry Stonehouse defeated S. Mitchell 30-19, Dan Morrison edged home against Dennis Beriman 23-20 and Jamie Heffernan recorded a 24-18 win over Tom Pemberton.

Neville Lynch was Warrnambool Blue’s sole rink winner, snaring a four-shot win against Andrew Taylor.

“It’s put us back in contention for finals. It was a great result,” Heffernan said.

“Warrnambool Blue went in favourites so we’ve done pretty well.

“We have been going well at our home greens — we’ve only lost one game at home and that was to Warrnambool Gold.”

Heffernan said Stone-house’s rink, which included Pat O’Connor, Ron Mills and Jim Whitehead, rallied after lunch and played a telling part in the win.

“They were 10 shots down early and came home and won by 10 or 12, so they did a really good job to fight back,” he said.

“They must have regrouped and bowled well because they were struggling early and their opponents played well.

“Dan Morrison’s rink had a good win too.”

Heffernan, who made special mention of Terang’s division two side for its perseverance in a tough season, said his rink was steady.

“We were up most of the day,” he said.

“We got out to a break early and held it. Warrnambool Blue came back at us but we kept the margin.”

In other round 14 games, City Memorial Red collected a 44-shot win against clubmate City Memorial Gold. Port Fairy Red consolidated its spot in the top four with a 14-shot win over Warrnambool White, Dennington Red celebrated a 10-shot win against bottom-placed Timboon Gold and top-placed Warrnambool Gold scored a 12-shot win against finals aspirant Koroit Blue. 

justine.mc@fairfaxmedia.com.au 

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