IT’S taken three rounds, but Webbcona has finally tasted victory in the Ballarat-Geelong district premier bowls league, defeating Highton 101 shots to 87 at home on Saturday.
Ben McArthur’s rink was the most influential of the four, finding form after half-time to inspire Rod Brehaut and Ash McArthur’s rinks to clinch tight victories over their Highton counterparts.
It was Webbcona’s first win of the year, with the club losing a thriller to Geelong West in the opening round before getting thrashed by Bareena last round.
“Highton had a good win over Victoria last week, so it was important that we showed them some respect, and we certainly didn’t take them lightly heading into the match,” Webbcona selector Wayne Pattie said.
“It was a fairly close match all over. We were just up by a few shots at afternoon tea, but it was really Ben McArthur’s rink that got us going after afternoon tea.”
McArthur’s four won 36-19 over Highton’s Peter Hardy, while Rod Brehaut’s four defeated Graeme Wright’s four 23-22, and Ash McArthur’s four defeated Wal Staggard’s rink 22-20.
The only Highton rink to succeed was John Snell’s four, which secured a 26-20 win over Tom Clarke’s four.
“We’ve had several players leave us since last year, but it’s pleasing the way we’ve been able to pick a few new rinks and have them be competitive,” Pattie said.
“Next week we will be playing Ballarat East and it’s another must-win game against a side that’s also lower on the ladder.”
Webbcona wasn’t the only Ballarat-based side to taste victory this weekend, with Sebastopol also getting its first win on the board via a seven-shot defeat of Bareena at home, 100-93, while Victoria defeated Ballarat East 109-72.
In other matches, Geelong West won three rinks to secure a 101-81 shot victory over Avenue and Ocean Grove took newcomer Queenscliff down a peg or two with a 110-68 win.
LADDER: OCEAN GROVE 48 points; GEELONG WEST 46; QUEENSCLIFF 34; VICTORIA 32; Bareena 26; Sebastopol 20; Avenue 20; Highton 20; Webbcona 20; Ballarat East 4.