Men’s champion of champions crowned

THIS season’s men’s singles champion of champions is Steve Lodge from Trafalgar, who beat Traralgon’s Ross Sizeland 25/21 in the final, turning the tables from when they played off three years ago.

Lodge beat former winner Michael Yacoub 25/19 in the semi-final and Sizeland beat Steve Whyte 25/15. Lodge will now play Inverloch’s Keiran Gardiner at Leongatha on February 10.

Pennant resumes this week. With two rounds to go in division one, the top three sides Yallourn, Drouin and Traralgon look safe for a finals berth with Morwell Club and Returned and Services League in with a slight chance to dislodge Trafalgar from fourth place. Trafalgar hosts Yallourn in a key game and RSL hosts Traralgon in another integral game for the home side.

In division two, Warragul and Morwell will fill the two top places. This week Yallourn is home to Warragul and must win, although its chances of an upset are slim. Morwell hosts Longwarry and should win, meaning fourth spot will go down to the wire in the final round.

Longwarry hosts Garfield in that event and it will be an interesting affair.

Warragul plays Morwell in a prelude to the following week’s semi-final round when they will meet again on neutral ground.

Drouin heads the ladder in divsion three from Traralgon (3), Warragul and Traralgon (4) with RSL just two points behind. Drouin is safe on top but the other three places are up for grabs with the last two rounds vital for the four sides in contention, especially as Traralgon (3) plays Warragul and RSL plays Warragul in the last round.

Trafalgar and Boolarra are safe in the top two with Morwell Club, Neerim and Morwell vying for the remaining two finals places in division four. With two rounds to be played in division five, RSL and Garfield are safe with Moe, Morwell, Traralgon and Trafalgar battling for the other two places.