There's a buzz at Koroit Bowls Club this week with two teams preparing to play in State Champions Week at City Memorial.
Wayne Cooper and Les Johnson are taking on tough competition in the men's pairs from Sunday morning.
Blackie Lenehan, Peter Daly and Scott Boschen are getting set for battle in the men's triples from Tuesday morning.
"It's absolutely huge a little club like Koroit can get five individual males through to the last-16 finals," Johnson said.
Cooper and Johnson won the Western District Bowls Division men's pairs in January before further success at regional level in Camperdown in February.
Now they're part of the state's premier bowls week from January 10 to 15.
The Victorian championships, over 60s championships, under 18 championships and men's and women's novice singles finals are also among the list of events.
"There's a level of excitement, it's been postponed three times so we're obviously hopeful it gets under way," Johnson said.
"It's an opportunity to win a state title, it's four games away."
State Champions Week was supposed to be held at Bendigo East Bowls Club in April but has been postponed numerous times due to the coronavirus pandemic.
City Memorial has gained the event thanks to its roof upgrade.
Johnson feels he and Cooper can give the state pairs event a good shake.
"If we play at our best we'll be competitive but the game of bowls is a strange one in that anyone can beat anyone on a given day," he said.
He knows there'll be little margin for error in the knockout competition.
"You could have a really close game and one shot could make the difference," he said.
The experienced bowler added the men's pairs had a "really strong field".
He explained the current men's world champion of champions (singles), Bendigo East's Lee Schraner, was in the competition.
Johnson added Geelong Eastern Park's Nathan Bush, one of the nation's best bowlers, was also among the draw.
Johnson said he and Cooper had made the most of what is essentially a home ground advantage.
"We've been practising consistently the past six months at the venue," he said.
"To have it at basically a home venue is really good because you normally have to go to Bendigo."
Johnson praised City Memorial for allowing all western district teams to practise on its greens.
"That's been really appreciated by all of us," he said.
The talented bowler said all five of Koroit's State Champions Week representatives normally play division one weekend pennant for the club.
Johnson enjoys playing for Koroit.
"It's a little club that's strong and has a desire to get better and be successful in a competition that has been dominated by two clubs for a long time," he said.
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