Golf outguns Winchelsea

Ross Fleming skippered one of Golf’s two winning rinks in division one action last Saturday.

A POSITIVE performance from Camperdown Golf has lifted them to their sixth victory upon their return to Corangamite Bowls Division pennant’s highest competition.

Golf hosted Winchelsea (1) in the two clubs’ return clash and for the second time this season they defeated their opposition, with the home side producing the goods in a 112-97 triumph.

President Glenn Winsall said the club was happy with the result and their performance against Winchelsea.

“We had two rinks up and two down but the two were up more than enough to cover the other two,” he said.

“We achieved what we set out to do, which was win two rinks.”

Ross Fleming and Winsall secured 33-18 and 38-14 wins over Peter McConachy and Jenny McConachy ensuring Golf could cover the deficits of Kev Conheady’s 30-25 loss to Rhys Jeffs and Max Johnson’s 35-16 defeat to Jason Armstrong.

Those efforts were something that pleased Winsall, who praised his bowlers’ ability to stand up when required, when he was asked what was positive about the performance.

“The win obviously (was positive), but everyone, especially the winning rinks, seemed to get going when the pressure was on,” he said.

“The rinks that lost, they only went down in the last few ends, but it was an even performance, particularly from the two winning rinks.”

With Golf’s victory closing the gap between them and Colac Central (1) to three points on the ladder, Winsall is eager to see his side continue to flourish on the back of their recent performances.

While he stressed it was important they beat all the sides below them, he knows wins against other sides may be hard to come by.

Instead, building consistency and attaining two or more rinks a week has become Golf’s focus, as they aim to solidify their mid-table spot in the top grade.

Standing in their way this weekend is Cobden, a side they lost to by four shots in round three, but a team that only sits 14 points clear of them in fifth position.

“It’s just about (focusing on) that consistent form,” Winsall said.

“We’re probably not pencilling in any wins from now, we just need to focus on playing consistently.

“But Cobden will be hard to beat, but if we can win or just get a few points this week we can (potentially) jump Central.”

When asked why Cobden will be hard to beat, Winsall pointed out the game would be played on the Cockatoos’ newly installed surface, which is running much slower than Golf’s home green.

With many of the team having not played on it previously, Golf may take some time to adjust to the speed.

Winsall said normally it takes up to five ends to find the true pace of a green, adding that this could determine this weekend’s result.

“The majority of our blokes haven’t played on it and the majority of our blokes haven’t played on a green that slow this year, it’s comparable to Simpson,” he said.

“Those first five ends, if we can maintain (them) or be thereabouts it should be a close game.”

In division three, Golf suffered a nail-biting 94-92 loss at home to Simpson (2).

Golf held a two to one rink lead as the final rink went right down to the wire but was pipped for victory on the penultimate bowl.

Winsall said the final rink was the last on the green, with the division one side and remaining division three rinks gracing the green to watch the final ends.

He said it created a good atmosphere in what was a tight affair, with Simpson’s skip producing the match-winning bowl on the last two rolls of the final end.

“They were disappointed,” Winsall said.

“I think it was one of the bottom sides that beat them but as I said last week, we’ve got new bowlers so it’s about getting experience into them.”

Division three is on the road to play Colac Central (3) on Saturday.

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