ANOTHER CLASH of the titans has resulted in another win to the reigning champion.
Round 13 of the Western District Bowls Division (WDBD) saw Warrnambool Gold continue cement its dominance over the competition with a ruthless victory over its closest rival.
Warrnambool Gold headed up the hill to take on City Memorial Red and came back down with a 96-77 win to its name.
The loss did not cost City Memorial Red its hold on second place but it has widened the gap between the top two sides.
The win for Warrnambool Gold carries on a period of dominance over City Memorial Red, which it beat in last season’s grand final after going through the year undefeated. It is now two from two in the sides’ encounters this season and has dropped just one game, in round two to Dennington Red.
Warrnambool Gold skipper Paul O’Donnell led his rink to a 32-12 win on Saturday, giving his team some valuable breathing space.
City Memorial Red won two of the other three rinks with margins of two, three and four shots.
“It wasn’t a big winning margin. It was tight across the rinks all day,” O’Donnell said.
“Even though our rink won by 20, it was tighter than that, so it was the tough contest we expected going into the day.
“I don’t think there is a huge gap between the two teams and come finals games can go either way, so we want to finish in the top two to give ourselves the best chance.” In other matches, Dennington Red and Port Fairy Red played out a thrilling draw at Dennington, 86-86.
Port Fairy Red held sway in three of the four rinks but the fourth rink saw Dennington Red win 30-11 to bring the scores back to level at the end of the day.
Timboon Gold managed an upset when it defeated Terang Green 91-84 in another tight encounter.
Warrnambool Blue maintained its grip on fourth place with a 96-84 win over City Memorial Gold at home.
In the biggest win of the round, Koroit Blue used its home-green advantage to defeat Warrnambool White 141-64.
Koroit won all four rinks, with the Shane Cashill skippered rink snatching the biggest margin with a 44-13 win.