Highland Tartan has finished the 2019/20 Goldfields Bowls Division’s Saturday Pennant Competition in prime position as division one’s minor premier.
The feeling would’ve been sweet on Saturday when Tartan defeated Dunolly Gold across all rinks to gain the premiership points needed to take bragging rights into the finals.
Greg Shay got the ball rolling for Highland on Saturday, defeating Terry Long 32-13, while Tony Lacey got over Bernie Lanfranchi 29-16 and Garry Coburn had the toughest fight of the day, winning over Barry Mortlock by just two shots.
Unfortunately for Dunolly, the game was always destined to be the last of the season with the Golds finishing second from the bottom of the ladder on 56 points without finals qualification.
After winning the division two grand final with ease last season, the Golds made the move up to the competition’s premier division and had their fair share of success against the very best teams on offer.
Tartan has snagged a second chance in finals with the first place finish, which will come in handy as it will meet its fiercest rival, Dunolly Blue in the second semi-final this weekend.
Highland and Dunolly have met in the division one grand final for the past four years, with Dunolly easily taking the cake last season which is sure to add tension to this weekend’s clash.
Dunolly has finished this home and away season in second place on the ladder after a 76-66 win over Talbot Gold.
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