Bendigo stuns Eaglehawk by five shots in BBD pennant

T-BONE TIME: Bendigo East skipper Brad Marron likes what he sees with this bowl from Tom Lester (back turned) on Saturday. Picture: LUKE WEST

T-BONE TIME: Bendigo East skipper Brad Marron likes what he sees with this bowl from Tom Lester (back turned) on Saturday. Picture: LUKE WEST

LADDER positions meant nothing on Saturday as bottom side Bendigo defeated top team Eaglehawk in the return of BBD weekend pennant.

In what was the first pennant matches since December 16, Eaglehawk and Bendigo had gone into the clash separated by 92 points on the ladder.

However, it was the Goers who reigned supreme as they inflicted the Hawks’ first loss of the season with a 94-89 victory at home.

Despite their contrasting positions on the ladder, it was the second tight contest between the two sides this season after the Hawks had earlier won their round four clash over Bendigo by one shot.

Bendigo’s Simon Chisholm had a good day in a new role as skipper, with his rink scoring a 31-19 victory over Tony Ellis that helped give the home side the edge.

The Eaglehawk rink of Dean Carter retained its unbeaten record with a 23-20 win over Nick Belt.

Bendigo is now just three points behind seventh-placed Castlemaine.

• Inglewood is back in the top four as it chases a long-awaited berth in the division one finals.

The Woods climbed from fifth to fourth on the back of their biggest win of the season – a 101-79 victory over Castlemaine.

Inglewood had three winning rinks, with skippers Daryl Rowley (+16), Lindsay Kelly (+11) and Robert Day (+1) all notching victories.

• Having been touted pre-season as one of the potential premiership contenders, Kangaroo Flat is out of the top four following a 14-shot loss to Bendigo East.

Just as Bendigo and Inglewood did, the Beasties avenged earlier losses this season to their opponents on Saturday with their 100-86 triumph at home.

The defeat continued the pre-Christmas struggles of Kangaroo Flat, which lost its three games before the mid-season break.

The key result that gave the ascendancy to the Beasties was Aaron Tomkins’ 28-14 win over Tom Russell’s rink.

The Beasties now have an 18-point buffer inside the top four as they strive for their ninth-consecutive season in the finals.

EAGER: Kangaroo Flat's Mitch Hocking is keen to see how his bowl ends up during Saturday's defeat to Bendigo East at Lansell Street. Picture: LUKE WEST

EAGER: Kangaroo Flat's Mitch Hocking is keen to see how his bowl ends up during Saturday's defeat to Bendigo East at Lansell Street. Picture: LUKE WEST

• South Bendigo proved far too strong  at home for Golden Square.

South rolled to a 107-80 victory to maintain its position in the top two.

South Bendigo’s victory was led by a strong showing from the rink of Ryan Tainton, which defeated Daryl Cheeseman 32-16.

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Ladder:

Eaglehawk – 147

South Bendigo – 119

Bendigo East – 112

Inglewood – 101

Kangaroo Flat – 94

Golden Square – 86

Castlemaine – 68

Bendigo – 65