The Western District Bowls Division fours were played at Warrnambool in extremely windy conditions on Sunday.
The men’s event is down to the last four teams, with semi-finals this weekend.
The women’s championship was played out with only four teams entering.
The majority of these players came from the Saturday pennant. With people still wanting restrictions on men playing Tuesday pennant, I’m not sure where all the women players will come from if this year’s fours is any indication.
In any event, the final was a great game and came down to the last shot. On end 16, the Maureen Drennan-led Dennington side and Warrnambool’s team skipped by Gill Vorwerk were tied on 18 shots a piece. Dennington scored four shots on the 17th to take a commanding lead with one end to play.
The last end had plenty of nerves, with the closest bowls being a good metre away from the jack when Vorwerk played her last two bowls, holding three shots. Drennan could not cut the numbers back and Vorwerk drew two close bowls and won the game 23-22, with five shots on the last end.
The winning team was Vorwerk, Maree Dalton, Rachel Savery and Marita Dalton, who now go onto the region finals in February. Runners-up were Drennan, Sheridan Barling, Poly Rabl and Gail Taylor.
In Saturday pennant division one this week, undefeated Koroit will take on Warrnambool Gold in a first versus second contest. After Koroit’s trouncing of Port Fairy last week, it will go into the match with a lot of confidence.
The other match to shape the top of the ladder is Dennington at home to fourth-placed Warrnambool Blue. Both sides are on the same amount of wins, separated by three points and 20 shots.
The match of the round in division two will see City Blue and City White play each other for outright top spot, both on 70 points and separated by one per cent.
In Tuesday pennant, there will be an interesting contest at Terang. Second-placed Port Fairy will make the trip in an attempt to consolidate against third-placed Terang Gold.