AWAY from Saturday pennant, one of Dennington’s rinks has been unstoppable.
Nanjing Night Net

The combination of John Murnane (skipper), Ian Quigley (lead), Sheridan Barling (second) and Maureen Drennan (third) has scooped up many Western District Bowls Division (WDBD) events in the past week in both singles and pairs.

But when it comes to Saturdays, Dennington’s form has been undesirable.

“We’ve had two losses the past two weeks, which wasn’t really on the agenda,” Drennan said.

Dennington has dropped to fourth on the ladder ahead of today’s clash with Timboon (seventh) in the final home-and-away round of Saturday pennant.

“Timboon is always a tough game,” Drennan said.

“We’re really hoping for a win to cement our place in the top four.

“It’s very important to build our confidence going into the finals.”

Yesterday saw Drennan and Barling triumph in the WDBD pairs at City Memorial, with the duo defeating the host’s Shirley Brown and Dorothy Gleeson 22-21.

It followed on from Drennan’s WDBD women’s champion of champions victory last Sunday, while teammate Quigley claimed male honours. Both will contest the region stage at City Memorial tomorrow.

Drennan only found out after yesterday’s pairs match that the rules state she can’t play both pairs and singles tomorrow because they clash, leaving Barling scrambling for a replacement.

“It was a very close game (yesterday),” Drennan said.

“To have to make that decision after the game was very deflating.”

Despite being disappointed she could not join Barling in the pairs tomorrow, she was impressed with Dennington’s successful run in recent WDBD events.

“It’s an honour to win any of these events,” she said.

“I’ve played a lot of bowls, both indoors and lawn, with Ian.

I think the compatibility in a team is the most important thing.”

The Saturday pennant top four is expected to remain the same after today’s matches, with Warrnambool Blue looking to hold third spot when it takes on Port Fairy (eighth).

Ladder leader Warrnambool Gold will start favourite against Terang (sixth), while second-ranked City Memorial Red should account for clubmate and cellar dweller City Green.

The remaining match sees fifth-placed City Gold travel to clash with Mortlake (ninth).

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