Cobden bowlers upset Central

Cobden’s Keith Simmonds rolls during his team’s first win of the Corangamite bowls season. Cobden downed Central by 11 shots.

Cobden’s Keith Simmonds rolls during his team’s first win of the Corangamite bowls season. Cobden downed Central by 11 shots.

COBDEN has downed an in-form Central team to record its first win of the Corangamite bowls season.

Central entered the match full of confidence, coming off a win against reigning premier Colac One last round, but failed to back up the win against Cobden.

Cobden’s Bazil Hammond said his team was rapt to end its losing run with a three-rinks-to-one victory, 95-84.

“It was good to get that first win, we’d been going all right in the first few rounds but having trouble just getting over the line,” he said.

“We knew we had to take our best game because they beat Colac last week.

“Hopefully this win gives us something to build on.”

Cobden led all day, with youngster Jack Hammond leading the way en route to his first rink win as skipper.

He downed John Whitson, 24-19, while fellow Cobden skippers Ash Lawlor and Ben Robertson also had wins against Brendan Addison, 21-20, and Chris Price, 27-20.

Central’s John Warton was his team’s only winning skipper, beating Stephen Hammond, 25-23.

“We probably had a more even team performance,” Bazil Hammond said.

“Ben Robertson had some good bowls when it counted, but everyone performed well really,” he said.

Hammond said he hoped the win would lead to more victories, after losses to Apollo Bay, Colac One and City in the opening three rounds.

“We should be able to build on it, we’ve got Camperdown Golf next week which is a great rivalry,” he said.

“It’s one we’ll really want to win but so will they, so we’ll have to be at our best again.”

Meanwhile in other Saturday Pennant matches, Simpson beat Camperdown three rinks to one, 106-90, and Colac One outplayed Camperdown Golf two rinks all, 97-81.

Apollo Bay survived a scare from Colac Two, three rinks to one, 91-87, while City blitzed Winchelsea by four rinks, 104-75.

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