For the second season in succession, Sebastopol’s Don Louttit and Scott Roberts have won the Ballarat District Bowls Division’s leg of the state men’s pairs championships.
Louttit and Roberts proved too good in Sunday’s knockout round on their home greens and have now won through to the regional stage of the competition.
The Kookaburras’ pairing defeated the Central Wendouree duo of Kim Watts and Col Johnson in the final, 19 shots to eight.
Louttit and Roberts won the regional stage last season before reaching the state finals.
Meanwhile, a number of BDBD bowlers have been confirmed as starters for the upcoming Victorian Open in the Shepparton region.
Women’s singles: Janine Roberts (City Oval), Jill Hopper (Victoria), Debbie Goran (Victoria), Ann Draffen (Webbcona).
Women’s pairs skippers: Beth Huntley (Creswick), Debbie Goran (Victoria), Beth Davidson (Smeaton), Helen Mizzeni (Smeaton), Jenny Harman (Sebastopol).
Women’s triples skippers: Ann Draffen (Webbcona), Beth Huntley (Creswick), Debbie Goran (Victoria), Helen Mizzeni (Smeaton), Jenny Harman (Sebastopol).
The Victorian Open is scheduled for November 18-24 and no pennant matches or club championship events can be held during this time.
It has been an interesting opening six rounds in the weekend pennant, which takes a break this Saturday.
In Geelong-Ballarat Premier Bowls, Ocean Grove and surprise packet Bareena sit one and two on the ladder, however Sebastopol is nicely placed in third spot.
Two Geelong sides sit ninth and 10th, so will status quo return with a five/five split next season?
In division one, Ballarat appears to have a strong, settled side and sits on top. After some finals disappointments, could this be the year when the club captures that elusive flag and subsequent promotion into premier competition?
Linton sits above Beaufort, City Oval and Daylesford in division two.
BMS is going well in division three and is comfortably on top, division four sees Ballarat and Creswick holding the leading two positions, while Buninyong is clear at the summit in division five, two points ahead of Avenue.
Division six has Sebastopol on top from Central Wendouree and Beaufort, division seven is headed by two country clubs in Creswick and Waubra and division eight sees a strong Sebastopol side undefeated on top of the table.
Division nine had Linton cruising along nicely, but last-placed Beaufort threw things into doubt with a strong win over that side in round six.