GOOD FORM: Aradale Red’s Brian Richards in action during the final on Saturday. Picture: Peter Pickering
The top two teams all season are in action with Aradale Red andStawell Golf Red set to face off for the Grampians Bowls Division title at Ararat Bowling Club on Saturday.
The Stawell team finished at the top of the ladder but both teams will give themselves a good chance of winning the decider.
It will be the second time in three weeks the two teams have clashed after they met in the first week of finals.
Stawell Golf Red won two of the three rinks to finish thematch 13 shots ahead of Aradale Red.
The Stawell team had Saturday off which could make play a part in how the team starts the match.
Stawell Golf Red’s Bruce Blenheim said the team was confident going into the grand final.
“We were good enough two weeks ago and nothing much has changed,” he said.
“I think we go in with an unchanged side and we arequietly confident.”
Blenheim said the team are aware that Aradale will have extra motivation this time around.
“Everyone has to bowl well on the day with Aradale trying to get revenge for their loss two weeks ago,” he said.
“Aradale have been known for their firm on-shots where as we rely on drawing to the jack to set things up.
“We have played down at Araratquite a few times and it would suit us the most out of all the Ararat greens.”
Aradale Red’s Gary Jamieson said the team is expecting a hard-fought match.
“Stawell are a pretty seasoned outfit in finals,” he said.
“But I think it is our time, we have been there a few times and never won a grand final before.”
Jamieson said the Stawell team got off to a quick start last time and the focus will be on preventing that happening again on Saturday.
“It is just a matter of the boys settling quicker than they normally do,” he said.
“If they can do that, then we will be right in the match.”
In division two it will be an Ararat derby when theGold andBlue teams battle it out for the top prize.
The Gold team finished in second position while the Blue team have reached the final from third place, 14 points behind minor premiers Stawell Blue.
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