Warrnambool Gold skipper Brian Lenehan helps his side to victory over clubmate Warrnambool Blue on Saturday. WARRNAMBOOL Gold will try to organise a practice at City Memorial during the week as it prepares for its Saturday pennant grand final showdown with nemesis City Red.
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Gold progressed to another season decider after defeating clubmate Warrnambool Blue 100-88 in Saturday’s preliminary final.

Gold skipper Brian “Blacky” Lenehan said his side was planning to practise at next Saturday’s grand final venue, City Memorial Bowls Club, during the week.

“Their greens are a lot quicker than ours, so it would be good to get up there,” he said.

Warrnambool Bowls Club hosted the division one and two preliminary finals on Saturday, with Warrnambool meeting in both grades.

Lenehan said the top grade was tight, which he expected.

“They had a very good year,” he said of Blue.

“They pushed all the top teams, so we knew we had to be at our best to get over the line.

“We scooted away towards the end and the other three rinks all caught up,” he said. “One of the rinks ended up getting up and the others just went down.”

Gold’s Kevin Boyd defeated Col Jensen 25-19, while Lenehan rolled Glen McNaughton 34-18.

Blue’s triumphant rinks were Robert Anderson and Neville Lynch, who defeated Neil Crisp (29-22) and Paul O’Donnell (22-19) respectively.

In division two, the result went as expected, with Warrnambool White rolling Red 94-52.

Lenehan said the matches took place without a break.

“We decided to play right through because the club put on a free barbecue because the two divisions were both playing each other at home,” he said.

“It was a good feeling around the place after the game.

“Everyone was congratulating the Golds on making the grand final and congratulating the Blues on such a great year.

“To have your second team pushing you that hard and to have players pushing for a game in the top team, it’s good for the club.” Warrnambool will be represented in every grand final next weekend following Saturday’s other preliminary finals.

In division three, Warrnambool Orange booked a grand final spot with a 94-46 win over Koroit White at Dennington, while in division four, Warrnambool Yellow edged out Koroit Green 47-44.

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