Webbcona has pulled off one of the biggest shocks of the division one weekend pennant season.
The side had been last on the ladder as the season resumed on Saturday, but managed to topple competition pacesetters Ballarat by two shots on their home turf.
Rink wins from skippers Tom Clarke and Col Young lifted the Webbcona outfit to an 84-82 victory.
Clarke’s side won its clash by two shots, while Young’s charges managed an important 18-shot triumph over the Ballarat rink skippered by Tony Wood.
Webbcona climbed over Ballarat East and into ninth spot on the ladder following Saturday’s success, and while Ballarat remains on top, its handy lead has been trimmed back to 10 points over second-placed Learmonth.
Learmonth proved too good for Central Wendouree on Saturday afternoon, landing an eight-shot win.
Elsewhere, Ballarat Memorial Sports continued its surge up the table with victory over Smeaton.
BMS easily handled its rivals, taking home 17 points in a 40-shot hammering.
Other winners on Saturday included Mt Xavier, which climbed into the top four after thrashing Ballarat East, and City Oval, which sent Creswick crashing out of the finals bracket.
Over in the Geelong-Ballarat Premier Bowls competition, Victoria was celebrating a long-awaited maiden win.
The Big V prevailed for the first time this campaign by beating Webbcona 89-79.
Scott Hollingworth and Craig Ford were the winning skippers for Victoria, which remains at the foot of the table despite the weekend’s success.
Ballarat’s other representatives in the league – Sebastopol and Buninyong – both suffered defeat in the first round back following the mid-season break.
The Kookaburras lost to Queenscliff by eight shots, while Buninyong fell to Lara by 17.
Eastern Park and Bareena were others to record wins at the weekend.
Just six rounds remain in the home and away season before finals get underway across all grades of weekend pennant.