SIMPSON will enter Corangamite bowls finals with the security of a double-chance after beating Central.
Simpson, one of the in-form teams of Saturday Pennant, secured second spot on the ladder win a 104-82 win against Central and has won five of its past six games.
Central skipper Ricky Finn secured the Colac-based club its only point of the clash after he drew with Leigh Mahoney on 24.
Simpson’s Peter Rowe won a thriller against John Warton, 22-21, Peter Campbell beat Alan Gray, 30-21, and Tom Spokes outclassed Darren Mulgrew, 28-16.
A second semi-final clash with competition powerhouse City awaits Simpson this weekend and club president Neil Hawkins said his men couldn’t wait to start.
“It’s terrific really,” he said.
“We set out at the start of the year to make finals and now to finish second and get that double chance it’s just great.”
Hawkins said the final against City, which finished three games clear on top of the ladder, would be a tough match-up.
“We certainly don’t fear them, they are really a very good bowling side but they’ve been beaten,” he said.
“If we can win one game we’re in a grand final and if we lose, well we’re still in it.
“We are in reasonably good form so we’ll get out there and see what happens.”
Simpson has lost to City twice this season but had an encouraging eight-shot loss in their last encounter.
Hawkins said Simpson would relish the chance to take on the competition benchmark after missing finals last season.
“As I said we’re not concerned or frightened of the City blokes – if we bowl at our best we give ourselves a chance,” he said.
“These guys like to dictate and like to have it their way so we need to get onto a bit of a good start and match them early.”
Hawkins said Central put up a good fight in its final hit-out for the season.
“It was a hard-enough game, we realised we needed to get two rinks and we were safe but it wasn’t until the last four or five ends knew we were safe,” he said.
“We were happy to get the job done.”
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