BALLARAT bowlers Ian Warner and Greg Brown will be playing in the Australian Open men’s singles starting on Sunday, February 17 at Darebin City Bowling Club.
Former Ballarat bowlers Brett Wilkie, Neville Rodda, and Matthew Flapper will also be competing.
Ian Warner will also compete in the 60-plus pairs on Thursday.
ROB Baker was successful at the region finals of the men’s singles and will now represent the Central Victoria Bowls Region at the state champions week starting on April 11.
COUNTRY week starts at Central Wendouree with the fours on Monday, February 18.
Pairs will begin on the Tuesday and triples on Wednesday. Finals are held on Thursday and Friday.
SUNDAY, February 17 is a social bowls day for the Victorian Blind Bowlers at the Central Wendouree Bowling Club at 12.30 for a 1pm start.
Names in beforehand please to the club. Club uniform to be worn. All bowlers welcome to participate.
WITH finals approaching, there were many close matches.
The tightest were Clunes division six by four, Creswick division seven and Learmonth division nine by three, Geelong West in the premier division and City Oval division two by two, and BMS division five and Central Wendouree division nine by one shot.
The big winners were Daylesford division eight by 52, Linton division six by 57, Ocean Grove in the premiers by 69, and top dogs Midlands Golf by 70 in division two.
Only five winners, so the aim is at least six this week.
With six sides still in the finals race, second side Sebastopol needs a home win over fifth placed Central Wendouree to stay in the division two final four.
Creswick at home will put paid to Ballan’s slim hopes of a finals finish in division three.
A big win to Ballarat East at home to Victoria could see them in third place in division four.
Mt Xavier has its last chance to get off the bottom in division five with a home win over BMS.
With three more sides chasing fourth place, Beaufort must win at top side Invermay to stay in the division six four.
Central Wendouree will strengthen its hold on second place with an away win at Ballan in division seven.
In division eight, Linton needs to win at Buninyong in division eight to maintain second place.
Central Wendouree gets second place with a win at Ballarat East in division nine.
Rod Lindsay is the Ballarat District Bowls Division secretary.