INGLEWOOD produced a BBD weekend pennant upset on Saturday, defeating top-four side South Bendigo on its home green.
The bottom-placed Woods proved that while finals are out of the question, they are going to fight the season right out as they upstaged South 89-84.
The victory – Inglewood’s second of the season – followed a strong showing from the Woods last round when they fell just four short against power side Eaglehawk.
And they did it on Saturday with their most dominant rink of the season, that of skipper Lindsay Kelly, being beaten.
Kelly’s rink was defeated 25-23 by Mitch Sidebottom, but the Woods had two other rinks to pick up the slack.
Inglewood’s Mal McLean scored a 27-20 victory over Jason Turley and Rob Day a 21-15 win over Brad Holland.
MORE BOWLS – BBD weekend pennant round 11 results
The South rink of Liam Crapper ended a run of three losses in a row with a 24-18 victory over Daryl Rowley, which remains the competition’s only winless rink.
Despite the result, Inglewood remains stuck on the bottom of the ladder, while South has held its position in the top four, but clearly with plenty of work to do if it’s to have any impact in the finals – should it qualify.
Having started the season 4-0, South is now a shaky 1-5 from its past six games.
• Castlemaine’s win over Golden Square ensured the two bottom sides were both victorious in round 11.
The Maine notched its third win of the season with a thrilling 92-90 away victory over Square.
The Castlemaine victory was spearheaded by a ruthless performance from the rink of Greg Podesta, which dished out a 33-10 hiding to Geoff Walsh.
While that was a one-sided contest, the battle between the Maine’s Rod Phillips and Square’s Tas Wallis ended in a 17-all tie.
• Eaglehawk showed its class, disposing of Bendigo by 37 shots in a result that resembled anything but a match-up between second and third.
On its home greens Bendigo barely offered a yelp for the second time this season, copping a 111-74 shellacking as the Hawks extended their winning streak to nine.
The reigning premier Hawks have now beaten Bendigo by a total of 79 shots in their two meetings this season, having also won by 42 in round four.
One of the big positives the Hawks took out of the game was the return to form of the rink of Simon Carter.
Going in with just two wins for the season, Carter’s rink was up and about with a 34-12 belting of Damian Broderick, which had entered the game on a four-game winning streak.
Bendigo’s Andrew Brown also had a four-game winning streak ended with a 30-19 loss to Darren Burgess.
• Having been pushed by Kangaroo Flat to within four shots earlier in the season, this time ladder-leader Bendigo East comfortably accounted for the Flat.
The Beasties cruised to a 110-83 win, which again featured another commanding performance from coach Lee Schraner’s rink.
After beating Cameron Wilson by just one shot back in round four, the two rinks were again matched up, but Schraner – currently playing with a broken ankle – was in control from the outset on the way to a 31-15 win to remain unbeaten.
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