MT XAVIER has pulled off one of the biggest upset victories of the midweek pennant season, stealing the points against ladder-leader Sebastopol in round 15 action yesterday.
The home side picked up eight shots in the final two ends to come from behind and secure a 69-64 win.
The victory yielded Mt Xavier 14 premiership points, with two of the three rinks securing victories.
“It was really good game that was neck-and-neck all day until we were lucky enough to pick up five shots in the second-last end and three more in the final end of the match,” Mt Xavier skipper Carmel Mitchell said.
“At the moment we’re fighting to save relegation and this is by far the most telling win we’ve had this season – we’ve now proved to ourselves that we belong in division one.
“I think that the most pleasing aspect was how all three rinks performed – it was a good team effort across the board.”
Mitchell’s rink was on the brink of suffering a heavy loss to Sebastopol skipper Joan Dunn’s team, but rallied late to go down 24-18 and effectively turn the tide of the match.
Mt Xavier skippers Joy Adams and Gwen Burge both secured wins, with Adams’ team defeating Jan Gordon’s team 27-17, while Burge’s four ousted Jenny Harman’s rink 24-23.
The win leaves Mt Xavier still in eighth position on the ladder, but it has now made up ground on seventh-placed Midlands, while Sebastopol has now lost its top spot to Smeaton after it defeated Central Wendouree’s B side 74-66.
In other matches Avenue thumped Webbcona 92-49, Central Wendouree’s A side defeated Midlands 73-56 and Creswick defeated Daylesford 77-60.
LADDER: SMEATON 155 points + 81 shots, SEBASTOPOL 150 + 74, CRESWICK 139 + 71, AVENUE 137 + 162, Central Wendouree A 131 + 88, Daylesford 126 + 32, Midlands 113 - 10, MtXavier 103 - 109.8, Webbcona 86 - 205.3, Central Wendouree B 60 - 183.