Koroit gears up for semi final showdown with City Red

TOUGH TEST AWAITS: Koroit skip Brian Lenehan watches his line in a match earlier this season. Picture: Rob Gunstone

TOUGH TEST AWAITS: Koroit skip Brian Lenehan watches his line in a match earlier this season. Picture: Rob Gunstone

KOROIT won’t be overawed by the occasion of finals despite its new-found footing as a bowls powerhouse.

That’s the belief of Koroit skip Brian ‘Blackie’ Lenehan as his side gears up for a semi-final showdown with City Red on Saturday.

Lenehan described the final as a “big opportunity” for Koroit.

“It’s huge. I’m hoping everyone gels well tomorrow because it’s a pretty important game as a whole,” he said.

“In the last couple of years, we’ve played finals but we just haven’t been able to get over the line.

We’ve got a lot of players who have been playing division one for two or three years but have just been learning as they go.

Brian Lenehan

“I think this year, a bit more experience will help us out. But you never you know with finals.”

Lenehan flagged City Red’s experience as a key factor in its success.

“They have more of it than we do. We’ve got a lot of players who have been playing division one for two or three years but have just been learning as they go,” he said.

“They’ve been getting better and better each year. But City has the experience, they’ve been playing division one for a very long time.”

The match is set to take place at Port Fairy.

Lenehan said his team would enter as marginal underdogs despite leading the Saturday pennant ladder for the majority of the season.

“We’ve played them twice and they’ve beaten us twice this season,” he said.

“But they’ve been pretty close games. All we can do is put our best foot forward and hope that it all pays off.” 

But he was personally relishing the test.

“It’s a challenge to get my rink up and going,” he said.

“We just need everyone to do their bit for us if we’re to have success.”