WRITE reigning premier Warrnambool Gold off at your peril.
That’s the message from skipper Paul O’Donnell as his side chases a sixth-consecutive Western District Bowls Division Saturday pennant premiership.
Gold (129 shots) thumped Lawn Tennis Red (89) on Saturday to strengthen its stranglehold on third place.
O’Donnell said it was vital all four rinks walked away with victory as points were required to stay in the hunt for a top-two berth.
“One rink (Kevin Boyd’s) just got over the line, so it was pretty close in that sense,” O’Donnell said.
“Getting those 16 points was vital for us to get up there.
“Our first goal at this stage is just to win every match to reach the top two, because then we’ll have a safeguard and it takes the pressure off.”
O’Donnell said Warrnambool felt the tide was turning after an inconsistent season, with players in all rinks finding form.
“We’ve had solid efforts the last two weeks. We’ve been good, but we’ve been up and down all year,” he said.
“Shayne Pudney’s rink has really fired up and Peter Pangrazio is still at winning ways.
“But it’s been a four-rink winning combination that has helped us to get back to form.”
O’Donnell said Barry Crimmin’s move to lead from third had worked wonders for his rink.
Shayne Pudney’s rink has really fired up and Peter Pangrazio is still at winning ways.Paul O'Donnell
“He did well – and we’ve got other things we’ll probably try going forward. We’ll sit down at selection and make some decisions,” he said.
“We had a slow start but we’ve been building. We’re very confident we can match it with any side in the competition.”
Elsewhere, City Red maintained its ascendancy atop the ladder with a 27-shot triumph over Warrnambool Blue.
Koroit Blue thumped City Gold to return to form, while Terang Green moved up to fifth with a win over Port Fairy Red.
Timboon Gold emerged with a thrilling one-shot victory over Dennington Red, inflicting pain on the eighth-placed side. Saturday pennant resumes next week.