WARRNAMBOOL Gold is one step away from defending its Western District Bowls Division crown.
It booked its division one grand final berth with a 10-shot win against last year’s runner-up City Memorial Red in the second semi-final on Saturday.
City Memorial Red will meet Warrnambool Blue in the preliminary final.
Warrnambool Blue ended Port Fairy Red’s season with an 11-shot win in its semi-final at City Memorial.
Warrnambool Gold third Bryan Sheehan said his side had to work hard for its win against City Red at Terang.
Paul O’Donnell’s 38-10 win against Tim Jackway and Robbie Anderson’s eight-shot triumph over Kevin McMahon were enough to steer Warrnambool Gold home.
City Red couldn’t wrest the advantage despite collecting two rink wins — Kevin O’Keeffe notched a convincing 36-11 win against Peter Pangrazio and Vince Moloney secured a one-shot victory over Neil Crisp.
“It was very close,” Sheehan said.
“We were down all day and the final ends were where we got the ascendancy. We stuck at it.
“Paul O’Donnell had a really big win and Kevin O’Keeffe had a big win for City so they cancelled each other out.
“I played with Neil Crisp and we went down by one and Robbie Anderson won by eight.”
Sheehan said Warrnam-bool Gold would cheer clubmate Warrnambool Blue on in Saturday’s preliminary final.
“We’ll support them and try and get them in the grand final,” he said.
“I don’t know if that’s happened before so we’ll try and create a bit of history.
“Blue played Gold in the preliminary final two years ago and were beaten narrowly.”
Warrnambool Gold will enter the grand final full of confidence, having lost one match the entire season.
Port Fairy Red’s Andrew Pink said while it was “gut-wrenching” to be bundled out by Warrnambool Blue, he was quietly confident the club was on the right track.
“To get in the top four was unbelievable, unheard of,” he said.
“Hopefully a few players might come back and realise Port Fairy has a chance.”
Pink said the association’s smaller, regional-based clubs were beginning to “kick at Warrnambool’s heels”.