Port Fairy Gold wins battle of bottom-placed Western District Bowls Division teams

Bev Fleming

Bev Fleming

PORT Fairy Gold will return to its home greens with renewed confidence after winning its Western District Bowls Division bottom-place showdown with Terang Gold on Tuesday.

ON TARGET: Port Fairy Gold third Hilary Hamilton sends her bowl down against Terang Gold in their bottom of the table clash on Tuesday. Pictures: Amy Paton

ON TARGET: Port Fairy Gold third Hilary Hamilton sends her bowl down against Terang Gold in their bottom of the table clash on Tuesday. Pictures: Amy Paton

An undermanned Terang Gold fell 15 shots shorts of a Port Fairy Gold outfit determined to get its season back on track.

Terang Gold third Bev Fleming said Port Fairy Gold had too much firepower.

But she praised her teammates’ efforts.

“We had two rinks go down and Jenny Meade’s rink had a draw with Pat Murray,” Fleming said.

“Margaret Sumner was within a shot of Gill Phillips.

“Margaret always finishes well on her rink.”

Flag fancy Koroit Orange returned to the winners’ list with a comprehensive 27-shot win over fellow top-four occupant Warrnambool Gold.

Koroit Orange skippers Faye Bolden (30-17), Trina Dycer (28-19) and Jan Morgan (27-22) proved too strong for the league powerhouse to contain.

Morgan said Koroit Orange was thrilled with the response to its loss to Mortlake Blue a week earlier.

“It was very competitive and their girls played well but after lunch we drew away a little,” she said.

City Memorial Green downed Mortlake Blue on the road, 70-45.

Pauline Burleigh’s rink was the standout performer, claiming a 31-12 triumph.

“It was really good because their greens are different to ours but our girls worked them out pretty quickly,” she said.

“If the sun’s out on our greens, they’re fast, and if it’s cloudy, they slow up a bit.

“Whereas Mortlake is the opposite – if the sun’s out, it’s slow and if it’s cloudy, it’s fast.”

Burleigh was thrilled with her rink’s efforts, praising newcomer Jenny Smith for her role in the commanding win.

She said City Green was also rapt to end a losing run.

“It was great after two close losses to have such a big win and hopefully it will put us higher up the ladder,” Burleigh said.

City Memorial Gold scraped home against Timboon Gold, with its one rink win enough to give it a two-shot lead overall.

The division pairs championships will be played this weekend.

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