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Ballan bowler Steven Tingate

By Scot Nicholson

Division 3 v North Ballarat With only five games left in the season, Ballan is in the vulnerable position of relying on teams above them on the ladder to lose in order to qualify for finals. They achieved the first stage of the week-byweek task of winning, as a thumping 33-shot victory over North Ballarat was manufactured. A large factor that lead to this outcome was the combined efforts of Dave O’Hanlon and Brad Coffey as they solidified 24 and 26-shot victories. A highlight of the day was when Coffey had the chance to seize the rare feat of scoring eight-shots on a single end. Only needing to reach the head with his last bowl he fell considerably short to the dismay of onlookers, leaving a total of seven-shots. The losing rinks in the contest was Dave Myers, by six-shots and Neville Smith who was defeated by 11-shots.

On Saturday Ballan will face Webbcona for the second time this season. Division 9 v City Oval A tight battle with City Oval saw Ballan emerge victorious by 10-shots. It was top versus bottom, but the intensity was enough to provide a great spectacle as Ballan won 69-59.

A green surface that had many levels of trickery to it gave a strong home side advantage to City Oval as they trailed by only sevenshots at afternoon tea. In the second half of the match John Ellery took complete control of the game flow as he captured an 18-shot triumph. Scot Nicholson was involved in the closest of margins, as a 20-20 draw was the final result after 25 ends. Paul McNaughton was defeated by eightshots. Pivotal Ballan bowler Steven Tingate said his team was just starting to show why they are destined for great things. “We have a good group of players here who do their job to support each other on the green.” Tingate said, “It’s not about individual success, it’s about playing united as a team and doing it with pride.” The number one and two ranked sides in Division Nine will complete in Round 14 as Ballan plays Victoria.