TIMBOON has upstaged title-chasing Warrnambool Gold as the upsets keep coming in Tuesday pennant bowls.
The rural club held on for a stunning three-shot victory against its highly-rated rival, two rinks to one 68-65 at Timboon.
Corrie Dixon claimed the crucial rink win, defeating Brenda Hawker 25-18.
Noelene Richards defeated Lorraine Shaw 28-15 while June Hallyburton lost to Maree Lynch 22-15.
The win boosts Timboon hopes it can avoid demotion from the top grade.
Cellar-dweller City Memorial Pink closed the gap to one point with an upset win last week against City Gold.
But Timboon moved nine clear on the back of its own against-the-odds triumph yesterday.
Warrnambool Gold, meanwhile, faces a testing challenge to remain a flag contender.
“We have lost two skippers and a third who won’t be playing again this year,” Warrnambool bowler Pat Boyd said.
“We had to reorganise our side.
“We’ve brought some new girls up.
“That team of Maree Lynch’s today was a whole new side.”
Elsewhere, City Gold restored order and moved back to the top of the ladder with a convincing defeat of intra-club rival City Green.
Gold won all three rinks en route to the 97-50 triumph at the Cramer Street greens.
Barbara Bibby defeated stand-in Green skipper Trina Dycer 37-11 in the biggest rink win of the round.
Denise Hillier pipped Dorothy Gleeson 27-25 and Chris McMahon outclassed Pauline Burleigh 33-14.
McMahon said it was important for Gold to win big after its disappointing loss the week before.
“There were a couple of ladies in the Golds that weren’t really well (last week), it just didn’t happen for us and it did for the Pinks,” she said.
“Bowls does funny things, it always makes you giggle.”
McMahon said Gold was “back on track” with two rounds of the home-and-away season to go.
“(But) we’ve still got to prove ourselves, you’re never there. It’s getting exciting being near the end,” she said.
“You’ve still got to watch it — you can’t take anything for granted.”
In other results, Port Fairy Gold defeated Warrnambool Blue to make it two losses from two matches for the Timor Street club.
Port Fairy won all three rinks in the 86-69 win, with Gill Phillips’ rink starring against Annette Millard.
And Terang took another step towards finals with a two rinks to one, 66-58 win against City Pink at Terang. Margaret Sumner skippered the home side’s biggest win, 29-16 against Sally Madden. email@example.com