By Scot Nicholson
BALLAN took full advantage to cruise past Buninyong with a 12-shot victory in Division Three on Saturday. An integral part to starting the Ballarat District Bowls Division Weekend Pennant season on a positive note was the performance of the rink lead by third Jordan Steen, which had a dominating 23-shot triumph. “It’s always important to clinch an overall win and it’s even better to do it in round one,” Steen said. “Our rink worked well together from the opening bowl and never looked back.”
“When you don’t lose a shot until the 10th end then it’s clear that you’re putting pressure on your opponents effectively and it helps the rest of the side out too.” Leading into afternoon tea a slim nine-shot advantage, Ballan looked to carry momentum into the second half.
Buninyong managed to claw back as they picked up multiple shots following the break, but it wasn’t enough to silence to the strength of their opponents who used the home ground advantage to control the game flow.
Dave Myers rink fought gallantly to force a draw on the final end by claiming a single shot, while both Coffey and O’Hanlon each suffered defeat on the day.
Division Three will faceoff against Creswick next weekend, which endured a significant loss against Beaufort Golf in the opening round. The reigning back-to-back Division Nine premiers will commence their pennant campaign next weekend as strong contenders for the title.