After getting so close to the ultimate glory in 2016-17, Learmonth dropped away and missed finals the following year.
But in 2018-19, things are again looking bright for the club, which has positioned itself nicely heading into the business end of the division one weekend pennant bowls campaign.
Learmonth is third on the ladder, just a point behind second-placed Creswick and 11 clear of Central Wendouree, which sits just outside the top four.
This Saturday, Learmonth will host the Bears, which won the battle between the two teams back in October.
Learmonth veteran Mick Casey said his side was as good as any in the competition on its day, but would be a bit undermanned this weekend without the services of key bowlers Adam McCormack and Craig Findlay.
Before the mid-season break in late December, Learmonth came from behind to snatch a draw with Mt Xavier, while Central Wendouree surprised top side Ballarat.
The Wickers were beaten by Ballarat Memorial Sports last round and get the chance to atone for that defeat when they battle City Oval this Saturday.
The Hawks will pose a tough challenge on their home green following a last-round win over Webbcona.
Ballarat players were forced to mull over their recent loss throughout the Christmas/New Year break and will be keen to get back to winning ways when they clash with Webbcona this weekend.
The team is still nicely clear at the summit, 19 points ahead of the Wickers.
Mt Xavier drew with Learmonth in round 11 to sit sixth on the standings and comes up against Ballarat East this weekend.
Given the mass exodus of top players, the Two Blues were tipped to struggle this season, but have managed two wins in a solid effort so far.
The final game of round 12 pits Smeaton against BMS.
Smeaton, last season’s division two champions, beat Ballarat East before the break, while Ballarat Memorial Sports defeated the Wickers to be just inside the top four.