One final pennant golf challenge for Port Fairy

PORT Fairy is out to cap an unbeaten season with a drought-breaking win in Women’s Golf Western District division one pennant next week.

Port Fairy completed a perfect Eastern division regular season with a 3-2 win over arch rival Warrnambool at Cobden on Monday. Despite Warrnambool’s narrow loss, it will face Port Fairy in the grand final at Timboon next Monday.

Port Fairy division one captain Diana Robinson said her side was aiming to win the club’s first division one title in a decade.

It last triumphed in 2004 when it completed back-to-back successes, more than 70 years after its previous victory.

Perennial club championship contender Anne Dwyer is the only remaining player from the 2004 success. She will play at number two next week with teenager Joanna Flaherty anchoring the side at number one.

Dwyer defeated Glenda Clark two-up with one to play on Monday, while Sue Holcombe (5/3 over Di Howland) and Robinson (3/2 over Trish Sullivan) also won their matches for Port Fairy.

Warrnambool’s number one player Alison Sinclair had a 4-3 win over Flaherty while team captain Lauren Higgins defeated Vicky Johnstone on the 19th.

Both teams were assured of grand final spots before the match, with Robinson urging her teammates to enjoy the round and work on staying calm ahead of the pressure associated with the playoff.

Warrnambool has been beaten by Port Fairy in both their matches this season but the scoreline in the first was 4-1 before Monday’s 3-2.

“Hopefully we can do it next week,” Robinson said.

“It’s anyone’s game when it is on a totally different (and neutral) course.”

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