Stawell sits pretty at top of midweek ranks | Grampians Bowls Division

BALANCED: Stawell Golf's Barb Matthews takes her shot during an earlier round Grampians Bowls Division match. Picture: Peter Pickering
BALANCED: Stawell Golf's Barb Matthews takes her shot during an earlier round Grampians Bowls Division match. Picture: Peter Pickering

Stawell has maintained its lead at the top of the Grampians Bowls Division Midweek Pennant ladder after a comfortable win against Lake Bolac in round seven on Monday.

The home team struggled in all three rinks, failing to pick up a single point from the 54 shots to 79 loss.

Ellen Werry was the highest scorer, notching up 30 shots against Judy Aldous in ensure her team stretches its lead in top spot.

Ararat VRI Red also dominated its match, collecting 10 points after it accounted for Chalambar 80 shots to 65.

Colleen Wilkinson won her rink against Lorna Neil by four shots to ensure her team didn’t finish the round with any points, as Bev Morrison and Karen Brennan both lost their rinks to the Red team in a disappointing performance.

Aradale struggled to do much damage on the scoreboard when it faced Ararat VRI Green on its home deck.

Two of the three rinks were separated by just three shots in a tight contest but the home team couldn’t get over the line to get the win, as Sandra Tew was the only player to get points for Aradale in the 70-76 loss.

Ararat VRI Green collected 10 points from the match and moved its points tally to a respectable 22 for the season but still sit last on the rankings.

In the final match of the round, it was Stawell Golf who dominated on the green to win all three rinks and grab the maximum 12 points on offer against Ararat on Monday.

The visitors started in a positive way, with Dawn Blackman accounting for Rose Dowd 31 shots to 21 to give her team the first points of the day.

Annette Dwyer kept the winning streak going in the second rink with a 13-shot win against Nancy Pfeiffer before Dulcie Molan finished off with a win against Marg Robertson 19 shots to 14 to complete the dominant performance for the team.

Stawell Golf remains in second spot after the big win while Ararat VRI Red sit in third after seven rounds.Lake Bolac rounds out the top four, two points back on 43.

Despite the heavy loss, Ararat still remains within striking distance of the top four, as it sits in fifth spot 11 points behind Lake Bolac with 32 points.

Chalambar has moved two points clear of Aradale to sit on 28 points but have the worst shot differential of the competition.

Ararat VRI Green has 22 points to its name and sit bottom of the table with a -101 shot differential.

The competition will take a break next week, due to the Victorian Bowls Championships with the midweek competition set to resume on November 27 while Saturday pennant will re-start on December 2.