Grovers increase lead at the top

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Ocean Grove increased its lead on top of the Geelong Bowls Region Premier Division ladder with a big win against Highton in round four.

The Grovers took all 16 points in a 74 to 50 victory with two rinks being evenly contested.

Matt Flapper overcame Dan Priddle by four shots and Peter Loe got over the line against David Priddle by six.

It was Bradley Pavey’s rink of Craig Rippon, Callum Hanna and Tyson Cromie that cemented the result with a 30 to 16 win.

Ocean Grove is nine points clear of Drysdale on the ladder while Highton dropped to fifth.

Drysdale defeated Eastern Park 60 to 54 in an evenly contested match.

Adam Martin won a rink for Eastern Park to give his side two points, but Cal Inderberg got home by three and Mark Godbolt by eight to propel Drysdale to second place.

Eastern Park remains winless, but the performance will give it a lot of confidence knowing it can match it with any side.

Queenscliff made it a trifecta of Bellarine sides occupying the top three rungs on the ladder by beating Bell Post Hill.

Ray Butler had the biggest win with a nine-shot triumph as Queenscliff strode to a 24 to 15 win.

Ben Toner pulled one back for Bell Post Hill, but Benjamin Russell won by four.

City of Geelong caused somewhat of a minor upset with a 27-shot win against Bareena.

Karl Weil won a rink for Bareena and Zane Lugg won a close one over John Snell for City.

It was Lee Greening’s rink that separated the two sides with a mammoth 43 to 10 win to give City a 75 to 48 win and 14 precious points.

This week Drysdale hosts Queenscliff in the match of the round.

Bell Post Hill hosts Eastern Park in a battle of the sides at the other end of the ladder while City of Geelong travels to Ocean Grove and Bareena entertains Highton.