Sebastopol’s run of poor form has cost the side its place in the Geelong-Ballarat Premier Bowls top four.
The Kookaburras are outside the finals bracket for the first time this season following Saturday’s loss to cross-town rivals Webbcona.
The shock defeat was a convincing one in the end, with Sebastopol beaten by 22 shots on its home greens by a team that had won just two games all campaign.
Sebastopol bowler Rob Baker said his side was “quite underwhelming” on Saturday, with its front-half bowlers struggling and leaving the back-half bowlers under a lot of pressure.
Baker admitted the Kookaburras’ third-straight defeat has proved a costly one.
“Now we are in the position where we’ve got to either lose no more games to definitely get in (to finals), but if we lose one we may not get in,” he told The Courier.
Baker said Webbcona was able to handle the quick greens and windy conditions better than the hosts.
Sebastopol, which had new skipper Anthony Holland produce its only rink win on Saturday, is now sixth on the ladder, six points behind the fourth-placed Eastern Park.
Eastern Park found itself inside the four on the back of its big triumph against Buninyong.
The home side was successful by 58 shots and took all 18 points from the contest.
Elsewhere on Saturday, Victoria's run of winning form was halted by top side Bareena.
The Big V had prevailed in their past two outings, but couldn’t hold out the visitors, which won all four rink battles in an overall 110-83 victory.
Lara remains on the fringe of the top four after beating Highton at the weekend.
The team picked up 14 points – to be just one behind Eastern Park – from the 108-92 win.
Queenscliff proved too strong at home against Ocean Grove in the other round 14 clash at the weekend.
The Cliffers secured wins in all four rinks en route to a 20-shot success.
That leaves Queenscliff third, 10 points behind the Grovers in second.
Just four home and away rounds remain before finals, which are scheduled to get underway on March 9.
- All grades of the Ballarat District Bowls Division midweek pennant resume on Monday after a break last week due to the Australia Day holiday.