Bowls: South Perth men’s pennant sides enhance finals chances

South Perth Bowling Club pair, Scott Walker (L) and Glenn Pauling, host the Doubleview Masters Pairs trophy.
South Perth Bowling Club pair, Scott Walker (L) and Glenn Pauling, host the Doubleview Masters Pairs trophy.

THE last fortnight has seen most South Perth Bowling Club men’s pennant sides enhance their chances of finals action.

Thursday One White recorded an away win at Spearwood (5-1) and an away draw at Doubleview (3-3) in the last two weeks.

They now sit 1.5 points behind Sorrento in the fight for automatic promotion to Premier League.

Faring even better over the same period was Two White.

A home win over Safety Bay (5-1) was followed-up by a crucial away win at Como, (5.5-0.5) which saw the two teams swap places on the ladder.

The local rivals will fight out the minor premiership during the last two rounds, with the winner automatically promoted to One Blue. The runner-up will host a promotion match.

Four Blue made it four wins on the trot, defeating Nollamara at home (6-0) before defeating Yokine (5.5-0.5) away.

The Millers remain in seventh, but a favourable draw means finals are not beyond their reach.

The combined South Perth/Como sixth division side also celebrated successive victories, at Thornlie (4-0) then at Como against Pickering Brook (4-0).

Sitting top, half-a-point clear of Bassendean and Manning, the next two weeks see clashes with both rivals.

Two of the three South Perth Saturday men’s teams also improved their standings with wins in round 16.

One Blue North came from behind to defeat Swan at home (6-2) and revive hopes of promotion in the post-season.

Four White also tasted victory at home, over Byford (7-1) and now look certain to play for promotion to third division.

The Premier League side was soundly beaten last round, at home by Doubleview and will likely need to win one of its two remaining games to stay in Premier League.

The first of those is at home against Kardinya this Friday night, the action starting at 6:30pm.

South Perth Women’s sides fared poorly over the last fortnight, Friday Red division suffering heavy losses to Cambridge and Innaloo, while Saturday Two Lime were no match for Manning.

Outside of the pennant competition, the accomplished South Perth Pairing of Glenn Pauling and Scott Walker (sk) won the prestigious Doubleview Masters Pairs event last month.

Last week’s Kingspan Welcome Fours, hosted at South Perth for visiting country teams, was won by a Collie team skippered by recent State Over 60s Men’s Singles Champion, Gary Keep.

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