SMEATON has put a disappointing week on the green behind it, causing an upset win over Ballarat Memorial Sports in the second round of the Ballarat District Bowls division one pennant season on Saturday.
The 96-92 win was one of Smeaton’s most important since its inclusion in division one last year, and the second time the club has trumped the reigning grand finalist in two seasons.
BMS selector Kevin KcLean cited Smeaton’s choice of surface as a potential advantage pre-match, and the club’s decision to play on the synthetic surface rather than the grass green appeared to trouble the BMS rinks throughout the day.
The match was close right from the start, with Smeaton’s Robert McCrum coming from behind to beat Phil Clamp’s rink 26-21, while Greg May’s rink lost to David Schreenan’s 28-30.
Bill Leishman’s four secured a solid win over Des Williams’ four 23-15, but, ironically, it was Jim Taylor’s 19-26 loss to BMS’ Stephen Byron that proved to be the difference.
Smeaton led by one shot with one end to play in Taylor’s rink, before Taylor eliminated any chance of a BMS comeback by stealing the last three shots of the day to consolidate a four-shot victory.
“It was an evenly contested match right throughout the day, and it was probably just a good, solid team effort that got us over the line in the finish,” Smeaton selector Bill Cosgrave said.“The way we performed was really gratifying, given that we’ve lost one or two players and were beaten by Learmonth fairly convincingly last week.”
In other matches Webbcona eased over the line against Buninyong 97-89 and City Oval proved too strong for Learmonth 111-83.
Central Wendouree defeated Daylesford 99-87, with Col Johnson’s rink proving to be the difference – winning 31-18 over Ken Williams’ four, while Ballarat fought off a spirited Mt Xavier in a tight 94-88 win.