RUTHERGLEN skipper Bruce Lack believes minor premier Wodonga will be ripe for the picking in next week’s qualifying final.
Wodonga lost just its second game of the year, against Wangaratta on Saturday, and will now face second-placed Rutherglen, which is coming off a mammoth 52-shot win against Yarrawonga.
“It just shows that they’re not as unbeatable as what they were earlier in the season,” Lack said.
“(The loss) could fire them up but it also gives our team confidence that they are beatable.”
When asked if he was confident of defeating Wodonga for the second time this season and gaining a grand final berth Lack replied “always”.
Lack won his rink by a 20 shots at his home green on Saturday.
He wasn’t the only skip who had a good day.
Frank Seaton won by 21 shots — 34-13, Chris Langdon got the job done 28-19 while Billy Campbell just did enough to make it a cleansweep for Rutherglen defeating his opponent 23-21.
“We all played really well (on Saturday) but I think we’ve got a lot of improvement left,” he said.
“It’s going to be a good match against Wodonga.
“They’ll use their loss as a bit of a wake-up call ... they’re a strong side.”
The venue of the final is yet to be decided and Lack isn’t phased whether the team plays at home or away.
“I love going to Wodonga,” he said.
Elsewhere Yarrawonga-Mulwala Golf Club Resort (GCR) primed itself for its semi final against Wangaratta next week by defeating Corowa Services in a thriller, 93-92.
The win was made sweeter for GCR by the fact it secured fourth spot and knocked out Corowa Services.
Wangaratta warmed up for its semi-final against GCR by taking down Wodonga by 15 shots and Myrtleford defeated Benalla 92-79.
The top-four on the ladder finished Wodonga, Rutherglen, Wangaratta and GCR.
Corowa service finished fifth and was followed by Benalla, Yarrawonga and Myrtleford.