WESTERN District Bowls Division (WDBD) powerhouse Warrnambool Gold is hoping it can scratch a seven-year-itch and regain its best form.
Gold has won the last six WDBD Saturday pennant grand finals but the road to number seven is proving to be a rocky one.
In the last game before Christmas, Gold suffered a shock loss to Port Fairy Red.
The festive season break didn’t enhance Gold’s form, with it falling to an even bigger upset when it lost by two shots to Timboon Gold last Saturday.
It was Gold’s third loss for the season, with the other also coming to another team below it, Dennington Red.
Warrnambool Gold skipper Paul O’Donnell said it had been a frustrating season so far.
“We are certainly not travelling that flash,” O’Donnell said.
“We have made a few changes to our team and hopefully we can rejuvenate our season and get some momentum.
“It has been a struggle to find our best form.”
Despite its woes, the news is not all bad with Gold occupying second place on the ladder .
In its only meeting so far against the team above it, Koroit Blue, Gold shone bright, winning that encounter in round nine by three shots.
Gold’s form line suggests that while it is struggling to come up for games it is expected to win, it is still rising to the challenge of playing against the best teams.
This form points to a possible return to the winners list today when it takes on its arch rival City Memorial Red.
The two have met regularly in WDBD grand finals, the most recent in 2017-18.
City Memorial Red is in third place on the ladder and is coming off a 76-shot win over Port Fairy Red.
O’Donnell is looking forward to taking on the old foe.
“It’s always a great challenge and a lot of fun playing City Memorial Red, we have done it a few times over the years now,” he said.
“This might be the spark we need to start playing our best bowls again.”
In other WDBD round 13 games, finals’ hopefuls Port Fairy Red and Dennington Red will clash at Port Fairy.
Dennington Red will go in as favourites after a 59-shot win over Mortlake Blue last round.
Koroit Blue can continue to establish its place at the top of the table when it takes on Warrnambool Blue.