Final round shake up

Brad Pavey looms as a major threat for Ocean Grove.

Ocean Grove and Drysdale do battle in the final round of Geelong Bowls Region Premier Division and there’s much at stake.

The top four sides play other top four teams and while the Grovers are on top of the ladder and could drop down to second if they lose and Highton beats Queenscliff.

Fourth-placed Drysdale is only a point behind Queenscliff and can move up a spot.

Either way, the finals will be dominated by Bellarine Peninsula teams with Highton the only Geelong-based team to feature.

Ocean Grove overcame a tenacious Eastern Park in round 13 to win by four shots.

A tie on rink one and a Glenn Slattery win on rink two for Eastern Park meant Ocean Grove had catching up to do.

Brad Pavey’s rink won by seven to send 13 precious points the Grovers’ way.

Drysdale accounted for City of Geelong by 19 with two rinks hotly contested.

However, Mark Godbolt, Kane Gallagher, Maya Rees and John Monahan prevailed by 13 to give Drysdale all 16 points on offer.

Queenscliff fine-tuned its game leading into the finals with an 11-shot win against Bareena.

Bareena won one rink by two, tied another, but it was Ben Wilding, Russell Hutchinson, Carol Head and Daryl Griffiths who got up by 13, making all the difference.

Highton looms as a major threat after it thrashed Bell Post Hill 82 to 45.

The Panthers managed to tie one rink, but the other were lopsided.

Scott McLachlan won by 21 and Dan Priddle by 16 to have Highton ready to pounce if Ocean Grove slips up.


Saturday February 24, 1pm starts

Ocean Grove vs Drysdale at Ocean Grove Bowling Club

Queenscliff vs Highton at Queenscliff Bowling Club

City of Geelong vs Eastern Park at City of Geelong Bowls Club

Bell Post Hill vs Bareena at Bell Post Hill Bowls Club