APOLLO BAY lawn bowlers are keeping a lid on the celebrations despite booking a spot in their first ever Division One grand final.
The Wolves claimed an eighth straight win in Saturday’s qualifying semi-final, downing Central One to earn their place in the decider.
It was a big day for the coastal town, whose Division One cricketers also booked a spot in the finals with a final-round victory.
But Apollo Bay lawn bowler Michael Harrison said his team would not celebrate too early.
“This is a first for us, to get into the grand final,” he said.
“We’ve made finals the last few years but missed out so there were no celebrations yesterday, all we’ve done is earned to right to play in a grand final, but we’ve still got work to do.”
Apollo Bay shot out of the blocks in Saturday’s clash, and led by more than 30 shots at the break.
Central reduced the margin to 15 in the second half before the Bay steadied, and pushed the margin back out to 22.
The Wolves won three of the four rinks, after only winning four rinks in the past three weeks.
“We could have had the four rinks,” Harrison said.
“Leigh McIlvenny only just lost his rink to Brendan Addison by six shots, but it was pleasing to win a few more rinks this week,” he said.
In the other rinks, Ian Johnson defeated Shane Cashill, Paul Cameron beat John Whitson and Mark Featherston proved too strong for Chris Price.
Saturday’s win was Apollo Bay’s third against second-placed Central One this season.
Central will now take on Colac in this weekend’s preliminary final after the lakeside club beat Camperdown in the elimination semi-final.
“We played well on Saturday, all 16 of us,” Harrison said.
“So we’ve given ourselves a chance now, we’re in the grand final, and Central and Colac have got to battle it out to see who plays us,” he said.
“We have no preference who we play, we think if we bowl well for 100 ends we can beat either side.”