Grand final showdown the blue ribbon prize at stake

WARRNAMBOOL Blue is aware of the prize on offer.

A win in its Western District Bowls Division (WDBD) Saturday pennant preliminary final against City Memorial Red will set up a grand final showdown against clubmate Warrnambool Gold.

Warrnambool Blue third Mick Edwards said his side, which eliminated Port Fairy Red in the semi-finals, was well prepared.

“We’re reasonably confident. We are happy we are there,” Edwards said.

“The ideal thing for us would be to beat City Red and play our top side Warrnambool Gold the week after in the grand final.

“But we have played City Red twice this season and haven’t beaten them yet. 

“It comes down to what happens on the day and we have been bowling well the last few weeks.

“We are not cocky or super confident but we’ll give it a good shot.”

Edwards, 60, said Warrnambool Blue had settled its line-up in the lead-up to finals and had reaped the benefits.

“In the last home-and-away game we met Port Fairy at Port Fairy and got over the line there,” he said. “We were sitting fourth and had a good game and got into third position.  In the semi-final we met Port Fairy again and had another good win against them.” Edwards, whose son Darcy played for Warrnambool White this season, said Warrnambool Blue was a side of “battlers” who gave their all each week.  He will play third to Tom Pemberton today. “We have one of the selectors (Brian McMahon) with us so we have to behave otherwise we get dropped,” he joked.  Warrnambool Blue intensified its preparation this week. “We are playing at a neutral green at Dennington,” Edwards said.

“There are good greens at Dennington and a few of us went and had a roll on Tuesday night.”

Edwards, a bobcat operator, has played lawn bowls for six seasons.

“I work for myself and it’s a good excuse not to work on a Saturday,” he said.

“I love the game and the social side afterwards is very attractive.”

Edwards started in division four and worked his way into the top grade.

His career has included a season playing for Warrnambool Gold.

“I was playing lead and wanted to step up a position or two and go to a third,” he said.

“It is very hard to get to in the top side and you have to be a very good bowler to do that.”

City Memorial Green will meet clubmate City Memorial Blue in the division two preliminary final at its Cramer Street greens today.

Mortlake White and Port Fairy Gold will clash in the division three preliminary final, which is also at City Memorial, while Mortlake Gold and City Memorial Yellow will battle for division four preliminary final honours at Dennington.

justine.mc@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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