Inglewood only won two games for the entire 2021-22 Bendigo Premier Weekend Pennant bowls season.
In that same season, South Bendigo only lost four matches on its way to winning the title.
On Saturday, Inglewood hosts South Bendigo and each club's first six rounds this season are in stark contrast to what they achieved last summer.
Inglewood has already won three matches to be in fourth spot on the table - one point clear of fifth-placed South Bendigo.
A defeat at the hands of Inglewood on Saturday would be South Bendigo's third loss through seven rounds and their campaign to win another title would hit a speed hump.
After outplaying Bendigo last week, Inglewood returns to its home greens where it narrowly went down to top team Moama a fortnight ago.
South Bendigo edged out Bendigo East last week and would dearly love to record another win on Saturday to build some momentum going into the Christmas break.
The winner of the Inglewood-South Bendigo game could potentially open up a nice break on the teams outside of the top four.
Sixth-placed Bendigo East faces a tough test on home soil against third-placed Eaglehawk.
The Borough is on the rebound from its first loss of the season.
Seventh-placed Golden Square returned to form last week with a strong win over Castlemaine, but this week is a more difficult test against the in-form second-placed Kangaroo Flat.
Winless Bendigo faces the most difficult task in Bendigo pennant as it travels to play top-of-the-table Moama.
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