CITY Memorial Red expects its come-from-behind semi-final win to boost its confidence heading into the Western District Bowls Division grand final.
The finals specialist accounted for Koroit Blue at Port Fairy on Saturday to earn a week off and book its spot in the decider.
Koroit Blue will play Warrnambool Gold in the preliminary final after the latter accounted for Terang Green in the cut-throat semi-final at Dennington.
City Memorial Red veteran Kevin McMahon was proud of his team’s six-shot victory.
“We were 15 down at half-time – that’s a fair margin,” he said.
“We got a bit of a run on. It’s very good because it is hard to come from behind (and win).
“All the teams hung in there.”
Warrnambool Gold kept its dream of a sixth straight premiership flickering with a 24-shot win over Terang Green.
Skipper Paul O’Donnell said the Gold team was starting to “get the fire back” after an up and down season.
“We have been scratchy all year and we’ve tried to address that,” he said.
“Hopefully we’ve turned the corner. A couple of little adjustments we made to the side from last week hopefully worked across the board.”
O’Donnell conceded “there’s a lot of pressure on us” as the defending champions.
“We finished third on the ladder so we’ve not been up to City Red or Koroit’s standards all year,” he said. “We have to improve again.”