REIGNING premier Terang’s quest for back-to-back Tuesday pennant flags is over.
A resurgent City Memorial Gold team easily accounted for Terang in yesterday’s semi-final at Dennington, winning all three rinks to walk away 25-shot winners, 74-49.
City Gold’s Glenda Ritchie said after a strong start, they managed to fight off a comeback after lunch.
“We had a good start, we were 19 shots up at lunch and managed to keep the lead all day,” she said.
“They came out strong after lunch but we managed to keep on top of them.
“It was good to win the three rinks. We weren’t expecting that because they are a strong side.”
Ritchie said it was a strong performance across all three rinks.
“We all bowled consistently which was what kept us in front in the afternoon,” she said.
Terang’s Margaret Sumner said it was a disappointing loss.
“We are disappointed, we weren’t good enough today. We crashed and we crashed bad,” she said.
“We were in the same position as this last year and won through and then won the grand final.
“It’s disappointing not to be able to do that again, but that’s just the way it happens sometimes.”
City Gold will face Port Fairy in next week’s preliminary final, after the ladder-leader was beaten by Warrnambool Gold.
Warrnambool Gold only won one rink for the day, but it was enough to get it across the line in just four shots, 64-67.
Warrnambool’s Helen Lock said she was successful in her role to keep Port Fairy’s Kay Miller within three shots.
“She’s the best skipper in the competition and hasn’t lost in her rink all year,” she said.
“My goal was to keep her under three shots. We ended up two shots down on the last end.”
Warrnambool’s Maree Lynch said the last three times the sides have met, the result has been within four shots.
“Helen had a great comeback. There were some very big shots bowled to keep Port Fairy down,” she said.
“It was a great team effort across all the rinks. Everyone did their part.
“We’ve got a rest next week, and then the grand final. I think City Gold will be the favourites heading into the preliminary final, simply because they are used to playing finals.
“Next week is going to be a good, close game and we will be in for a challenge in the grand final either way it ends up.”
Port Fairy’s Kay Miller said the side would put this week’s loss behind them and focus on next week.
“What’s done is done,” she said. “We are expecting City to come out strong next week.They are used to finals and we aren’t.
“But we are going in confident. We’ve only played them once this season and that was in Port Fairy and we beat them.
“Being on neutral ground, you never know how it will pan out.”
Next week’s preliminary final will be held at Dennington.