BRBA premier division: Central’s all but safe after double

Sebastopol skip Aaron Cook watches anxiously for the result of this shot against Webbcona on Saturday. Picture: Lachlan BenceCENTRAL Wendouree has done everything but secure its place in the Ballarat-Geelong premier league bowls competition for another season.The Combine claimed 30 points from the weekend’s double-header of matches, which included a one-shot victory over Highton on Saturday before defeating Webbcona by 17 shots away yesterday.Thanks to the poor results for Torquay and BMS, which are the only teams underneath it on the ladder, Central looks almost assured of a berth in the top flight next season. It is now 33 points clear of Torquay and 55 ahead of BMS.Central Wendouree led Andrew Bishop, who won both his rinks across the weekend, said Saturday’s result against Highton was a thriller.”It came down to the last end,” Bishop said.”We were all square at 92 apiece and both teams had shot at various times during the end.”When the skippers changed we were holding one. We were lucky that Craig Elliot missed with both of his.”Bishop said the dual wins would help put the relegation battle out of its players’ minds, and while a berth in the top four may be a little too high to aim for, he believed his team could help shape it in the coming weeks.Queenscliff has firmed as favourites to take out the league’s minor premiership.The Cliffers were the double-header’s best performers, picking up 32 points after defeating BMS on Saturday and Torquay yesterday.Queenscliff and Central Wendouree were the only clubs to claim victories in both matches at the weekend.Webbcona enjoyed a lift to third place on the ladder after beating Sebastopol on Saturday, leap-frogging its rivals on percentage.LADDERQueenscliff 173 points, Victoria 151, Webbcona 132, Sebastopol 132, Highton 128, Geelong West 126, Ocean Grove 119, Central Wendouree 99, Torquay 66, BMS 44.
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