Recruiting lifts bowls teams

Lawn bowlers, from left, Heath and Grant McLaren, and Glenn Baudinette, are among recruits to join Corangamite bowls’ reigning premier Colac this season. Winchelsea has also recruited well in the off-season.

Lawn bowlers, from left, Heath and Grant McLaren, and Glenn Baudinette, are among recruits to join Corangamite bowls’ reigning premier Colac this season. Winchelsea has also recruited well in the off-season.

WINCHELSEA and Colac are shaping as Corangamite bowls’ big improvers this season after solid recruiting during the break.

Reigning premier Colac has added six players to its already strong list.

The lakeside club has retained its pennant-winning team, while luring father and son Heath and Grant McLaren from Cressy, Tim Ryan from City, Allan Ryan from Geelong West and new player Graeme Burrell.

Skipper Glenn Baudinette has also returned after a stint with premier league club Sebastopol.

Club president Jeff Turner said the team was prepared to “be the hunted” after winning last season’s pennant.

“We’re really excited for the upcoming season, we understand everyone will be after us this year so we’ll have to be on our toes and play our best bowls to be competitive,” he said.

“But we’ve brought in some handy pick-ups that will strengthen our side immensely, and they’ll put pressure on spots as well.”

Meanwhile Winchelsea, which finished last season in fourth place, has picked up four big-name recruits, with new coach Denis Delaney of Belmont heading the list.

“After finishing third and fourth in the past few years we wanted to go that bit further so we needed to get a coach,” Winchelsea president Peter McConachy said.

“Denis is very keen, he’s been down here two or three nights a week for the past two months, and he’s been able to bring Lud Gungl across from Camperdown as well, they’ve been good mates for years,” he said.

Former Cobden bowler Damien Riches, who spent last season with Sebastopol, has also joined Winchelsea, and brought his nephew Luke Wright, of Camperdown.

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