By Justin Flynn
Ocean Grove has assured itself of a Geelong Bowls Region Premier Division finals spot.
With one match to go in the regular season, Ocean Grove sits third on the ladder, two wins ahead of fifth-placed Lara.
Grove smashed City of Geelong on Saturday to the tune of 60 shots.
Peter Loe and Matt Flapper continued their top form to skip their rinks to 35-10 victories.
Ocean Grove 2 sits in second place on the Division 1 ladder.
The final round gets underway tomorrow and the top four sides are only separated by three points. Grove meets ninth-placed City of Geelong in the final round and can snatch top spot. Grove suffered a shock loss to Leopold last week.
Ocean Grove 3 sits in eighth spot on the ladder and won’t play finals. However, the team can do its stablemate, Grove 2, a huge favour by upsetting third-placed Torquay in the final round.
A thrilling Division 3 win against Geelong Cement has given Ocean Grove a shot at finals.
Going into the final round sitting in third place on the ladder, Grove takes on top side Inverleigh.
Grove’s 80 to 77 win against Cement came through a strong performance from skip David Stonehouse, lead Barry Hair, second Marianne Rogan and third Pat Virtue, who won their rink 28 to 15.
Second placed Ocean Grove takes on top side Highton in Division 5 tomorrow to see who takes out the minor premiership.
Grove disposed of bottom side Belmont in ruthless fashion on the weekend, 98 to 54 with Sandra Murphy, Maureen Harris, Dan Goodall and Margaret White impressive.
In Division 6, only eight points separates second placed Ocean Grove from sixth-placed Bell Post Hill. Grove meets fourth placed City of Geelong tomorrow but could still feature in finals even it loses. The sides around them are all playing each other.
Grove’s Division 7 side won’t play finals, but a win against Belmont tomorrow would see it retain seventh spot.
Ocean Grove’s Division 9 also won’t play finals, but is finishing the season strongly with a win against Inverleigh.
In Division 10, Ocean Grove and Point Lonsdale meet each other in the final round to decide which team finishes in fourth spot. Point Lonsdale is currently fourth on 30 points with Grove two points behind.