Sebastopol hopes to topple Geelong West in premier division

SEBASTOPOL has its sights set on unbeaten ladder-leaders Geelong West as it looks to continue a golden run of form in the Ballarat-Geelong district premier bowls competition.

The Kookaburras clinched a tough away win against Avenue on Saturday, with the 96-83 victory ensuring a fourth-straight success.

That win has also opened up the gap inside the top four, with Sebastopol breaking 30 points clear of fifth-placed Bareena, which lost by 12 shots to Victoria on the weekend.

Kookaburras skipper Rob Baker clinched one of three rink triumphs for the visiting side, with his quartet’s 28-19 margin proving decisive in the end result.

Baker told The Courier the Sebastopol boys were only a handful of shots in front at afternoon tea, but were pleased to come away from a tough Bacchus Marsh road trip with the points.

“Scott Roberts was a bit of a star again. He’s been probably one of the best performed players this season consistently,” Baker said.

“Andrew Myers’ rink gained a comfortable lead going into the last quarter of the game, which helped us a bit on the overall score and gave us a bit of confidence.”

Baker said with the Kookaburras now looking somewhat safe inside the top four, the aim was to try and secure a spot in the top two and a double chance come finals.

Toppling the unbeaten Geelong West this coming weekend will help in that quest.

“If we beat Geelong West, we’ve just got to hope one of the other two teams (in the top four) lose and we might be able to get that second spot we’re after,” Baker said.

West extended its undefeated run to 10 matches with Saturday’s 106-70 win over Webbcona, Ocean Grove survived a scare from lowly Highton, winning by a solitary shot, and Queenscliff was far too good for Ballarat East, prevailing 123-64.

LADDER: Geelong West 158 points, Ocean Grove 130, Queenscliff 130, Sebastopol 113, Bareena 83, Victoria 82, Webbcona 71, Avenue 66, Highton 50, Ballarat East 17.

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