Buninyong hunting top four spot in division one bowls

Buninyong will be out to break into the division one weekend pennant top four for the first time this season when it travels to take on Webbcona on Saturday.

AIMING HIGH: Graeme Nicholson and his Buninyong side will take on Webbcona this Saturday in the hope of breaking into the top four.

AIMING HIGH: Graeme Nicholson and his Buninyong side will take on Webbcona this Saturday in the hope of breaking into the top four.

Relegated from Geelong-Ballarat Premier Bowls last season, the Buninyong outfit has been on the edge of the finals bracket for much of the 2017-18 campaign without breaking in.

The side is currently fifth on the table, seven points behind the fourth-placed Central Wendouree, and heads into Saturday’s contest on the back of a nine-shot loss to Ballarat last weekend.

Buninyong bowler Graeme Nicholson said his side didn’t know much about the Webbcona outfit, but was confident of performing well.

With a relatively similar team to the one that took out the division one title in 2015-16, Nicholson said it was again the club’s goal to win the premiership this season.

But he knows it will be tough.

“There’s no reason why we can’t if we play well,” he said.

“But the competition is very stiff.”

Nicholson said the same team that went down to Ballarat would line-up for Saturday’s clash at Webbcona, which is coming off a 100-100 draw with Sebastopol in round five.

Top side Ballarat East returned to form last round and is set to take on last season’s Ballarat District Bowls Division grand finalists Learmonth on Saturday.

Elsewhere, the Kookaburras will travel to take on the Bears, Creswick is at home to Mt Xavier and City Oval will lock horns with Ballarat in a battle between two top four rivals.

In the Geelong-Ballarat Premier Bowls, Sebastopol is preparing to do battle with BMS. The Kookaburras are third and one spot ahead of the BMS outfit.

Victoria has a game against Eastern Park to plan for, Webbcona is set to travel to Bareena, Queenscliff is at home to Lara and bottom side City of Geelong has a daunting task against pacesetters Ocean Grove.

Following the round six matches, weekend pennant bowls takes a break next Saturday to make way for the annual Victorian Open carnival.