CAMPERDOWN GOLF has asserted itself as a genuine lawn bowls contender this season after upsetting an improved Winchelsea team.
Colac district bowls followers touted Winchelsea as one of the big improvers this season following a solid off-season recruiting campaign.
But Winchelsea failed to overcome Golf, which finished last season in seventh place, in the opening round of the season at Camperdown, losing three rinks to one, 109-90.
“I think we were pleasantly surprised to beat Winchelsea,” Golf’s Glenn Winsall said.
“We expected them to be fairly strong because of what we’ve heard about their recruits and what we’ve read in the paper,” he said.
“But we’ve got a few decent bowlers in this year as well and everyone did their bit on Saturday.”
Darryl Wiggins made an impact in his first game for Golf as skipper.
Wiggins proved too strong for Winchelsea skipper Damien Riches, winning by one shot, while teammates Kevin Conheady and Craig Skene also had wins.
Conheady beat Jason Armstrong by 15 shots, while Skene beat Winchelsea recruit Denis Delaney by four shots.
Stewart Williams was Winchelsea’s only winning skipper, beating Graeme Fitzgerald by one shot.
“We expected a close game and that’s what we got,” Winsall said.
“After the first half a dozen ends it was even, then we got out to about a 15-shot lead by the break and we managed to maintain it,” he said.
“It ended up being three rinks to one, but apart from Kevin Conheady’s rink it was very close.
“Home-ground advantage could have been the difference, we’d been bowling there all winter and that’s probably the difference in those close games.”