WARRNAMBOOL Gold survived a final bowl scare to secure a one-shot victory and the chance to go for a sixth straight Western District Bowls Division A grade Saturday pennant.
Minor premier Koroit Blue suffered its second straight loss to bow out of the finals in straight sets, as the reigning premiers held on to record a 96-95 victory and progress through to the decider against City Memorial Red next Saturday.
Gold skipper Ben Cornick said the side was pleased to make it through to another grand final but conceded Warrnambool was lucky in the end.
“We snuck out to a decent size lead and my rink had finished and the Koroit boys started to catch up,” he told The Standard about the final stages of Saturday’s match.
“It started to get tight towards the end and it came down to the last bowl and we managed to sneak away with a one-shot win.”
Cornick was the only Warrnambool skipper to win his rink, securing a 12-shot victory over Scott Boschen, with Peter Pangrazio losing by three shots to Neil Crisp, while Shane Pudney and Paul O’Donnell fell four shots short of Brian Lenehan and Les Johnson respectively.
Cornick said he was pleased with his rink and that Gold was on the right track for another flag tilt.
“I’m very happy with my rink, it's a good combination,” he said.
“All our rinks are gelling as good as they have all year and we have the right combination at the moment and hopefully we can go on and win another grand final.”