Competition heats up as GBD finals kick off

Newsteadʼs Rod Jackson releases a bowl during his sideʼs clash with Talbot Gold on Saturday.

Highland Tartan defied all odds during the final round of the Goldfields Bowls Division’s Saturday pennant at the weekend, defeating the second placed Golf Blue in style.

Tartan caused a stir in the last round of the 2017-18 home and away season as it gave Golf a run for its money.

Entering the match in fourth place and some 24 points behind Golf, Tartan pulled off a 93-71 victory.

Geoff Shay took the first rink for Tartan, dismissing Reg Cloke 38-15, and Gary Wallis quickly followed suit with a 36-25 win.

Almost getting away with a clean sweep, Golf made a comeback to take out the third rink as David Pearce defeated Gary Coburn 31-19.

Both sides had already secured a place in the semi-finals, but it was a sweet victory for Tartan to savour as it heads into finals this weekend.

Talbot Gold had no trouble defeating Newstead with a huge 41- shot victory, 89-48.

Talbot cleaned up all three rinks with little trouble, with Bill Burnett Newstead’s only bowler able to give Talbot any trouble when he suffered a narrow loss to Brett McCleary 25- 21.

Peter McLoughlin accounted for Rod Jackson 34-15, inspiring Rob Jackson to take an easy 30-12 victory to finish off Talbot’s strong day of play.

Ladder leader Dunolly Blue had no trouble defeating Avoca Red, taking a 94-47 victory.

For more on this story see Page 27 of The Advertiser, Friday, February 16.

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