Captain backs Country Week golf team

CAPTAIN Alison Sinclair rates the Women’s Golf Western District team chosen to contest Melbourne Country Week later this month.

Western District’s squad of (back row, from left) Debbie Rix (Cobden), Robyn Holcombe (Hamilton), Di Robinson (Port Fairy), Lyn Crow (Hamilton), Sue Holcombe (Port Fairy), Marion Venn (Terang), Ellen Zeunert (Portland); (front row, from left) Sandy Stewart (Portland), captain Alison Sinclair (Warrnambool), Vicki Johnstone (Warrnambool), Anne Dwyer (Port Fairy) and manager Sue Wilton (Warrnambool). 140804RG08 Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

Western District’s squad of (back row, from left) Debbie Rix (Cobden), Robyn Holcombe (Hamilton), Di Robinson (Port Fairy), Lyn Crow (Hamilton), Sue Holcombe (Port Fairy), Marion Venn (Terang), Ellen Zeunert (Portland); (front row, from left) Sandy Stewart (Portland), captain Alison Sinclair (Warrnambool), Vicki Johnstone (Warrnambool), Anne Dwyer (Port Fairy) and manager Sue Wilton (Warrnambool). 140804RG08 Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

Sinclair yesterday announced the 10-player squad after a fund-raising ambrose competition at Port Fairy Golf Club.

She expects Western District will better last year’s third place division two finish.

“I am very confident in our team. We have a very strong team,” Sinclair said.

“We ended up third (in 2013) but we only had to win our last match on the last day to win but we didn’t, so that’s how tight the competition is.

“We had really strong wins; we were winning 6-1.

“If we’d beaten Mornington Peninsula on the last day we would have won but unfortunately we lost.”

Mornington Peninsula was elevated to division one this year and Goulburn Valley — Western District’s first opponent — has dropped down from division one. Western District will also play Northern District, South Gippsland District and Ballarat District across the three-day tournament, which starts on August 25.

It is aiming for a fifth division two title to complement its 1977, ’86, ’91, 2005 and ’09 triumphs.

Sinclair said the team’s camaraderie would hold it in good stead.

The squad consists of Warrnambool’s Sinclair, Warrnambool and Port Fairy members Joanna Flaherty and Di Robinson, Port Fairy’s Anne Dwyer, Cobden’s Debbie Rix, Portland trio Ellen Zeunert, Sandy Stewart and Jeanette Sandeman, Hamilton’s Lyn Crow and Terang’s Marion Venn. 

Warrnambool trio Tricia Sullivan, Lauren Higgins and Vicki Johnstone, Hamilton’s Robyn Holcombe and Port Fairy’s Sue Holcombe will caddy and Warrnambool’s Sue Wilton is team manager. 

“They are very supportive of each other. They are keen and they get on well together,” Sinclair said of her team.

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