BALLARAT Memorial Sports has finally shaken off the curse of bogey team Smeaton in the Ballarat District Bowls division one pennant season, scoring a big win at home on Saturday.
BMS led right from the start and won every rink in the 119-69 victory.
Smeaton has defeated BMS in both of the past two pennant seasons, and while BMS selector Kevin McLean was pleased the side scored a breakthrough win, he was happier about its positive response following a mediocre performance against Central Wendouree last week.
“We got the monkey off the back and while that was good, it was better to see that we got off to a flying start and we kept the pressure on all day, which is what we didn’t do last week,” McLean said.
“We have some hard matches coming back after the break, but four of our last six matches are at home, so the draw has set up quite nicely for us to make a strong charge into finals.”
McLean’s rink defeated Greg May’s rink 28-22 and Phil Clamp’s four defeated Geoff Toose’s team 29-20, however it was Cameron Bryce and David Shreenan’s rinks that did the damage for BMS.
Bryce’s rink belted Jim Taylor’s four 33-15 while Schreenan’s four secured a big win over Bill Cosgrave’s four 29-12.
The win lifts BMS into third position on the ladder, four points clear of Central Wendouree.
In other matches, Buninyong held off a determined Webbcona 114-99, Ballarat ousted Mt Xavier 107-87, Central Wendouree defeated Daylesford 100-84 and City Oval eclipsed Learmonth 100-75.
LADDER: BALLARAT 141 points, 95 shots; CITY OVAL 140, 204; BMS 129, 112; CENTRAL WENDOUREE 125, 168; Buninyong 114, 94; Learmonth 101, 12; Mt Xavier 62, -120; Daylesford 59, -161; Webbcona 57, -158; Smeaton 44, -246.