CENTRAL has handed reigning Midweek Pennant Bowls premier Colac its first loss of the season, with a nail-biting three-shot victory.
The Colac-based Central upset its cross-town rival 63-60, two rinks to one.
A 15-shot rink win from in-form Central skipper Nola Gray over Colac’s Dianne Hynes was the difference, to hand the side its second win of the season.
Central’s Betty Stevenson said the team was thrilled with the victory in testing conditions at Colac’s Lakeside green on Tuesday.
She said producing a win against competition frontrunner Colac could give Central the confidence it needed to thrust back into the finals in 2014-15.
“We were very pleased, we don’t have high expectations when it comes to playing against the big ones, but it was really good,” Stevenson said.
“Anything can happen on any given day, the wind was atrocious and it wasn’t an easy day by any means, so sometimes anything can happen.
“But if we can keep going along those lines, hopefully we can make the four again, we just missed out last season.”
Gray claimed her rink 29-14, Lorraine Lenehan won a close battle against Carmel Watson 18-17, while Colac’s Leona Pekin had a strong 27-14 victory over Stevenson to keep the home side in contention.
“Nola’s rink had a good win, the other rink won by one and we went down by a little bit, so overall it worked out really close and it was pretty nail-biting stuff by the finish,” Stevenson said.
“Everyone seemed to do their bit, but Nola’s rink was probably the outstanding one for us, because she had a 15-shot win.”
Meanwhile, City moved to outright ladder leader after a convincing 83-46 win over Winchelsea, Cobden had a close 70-60 two rinks to one victory over Skipton and Camperdown Golf proved too strong for rival Camperdown with a 27-shot victory.