TERANG lawn bowler Barry Stonehouse felt like he was lining up for a match-winning shot after the siren in a football match.
TERANG lawn bowler Barry Stonehouse had Terang Green’s round two Western District Bowls Division hopes in his hands on Saturday.
Scores were level and three other rinks complete when the first-year skipper rolled the final bowl of the division one match.
Stonehouse settled his nerves and steered Terang to an 84-83 win against Port Fairy Red.
“We were level and I had the last bowl and had to get the kitty in the ditch,” he said.
“It was a lucky shot — I got the jack into the ditch as well as the bowl.
“There were a few watching so it was pretty exciting actually.”
Terang Green and Port Fairy Red shared the rinks.
Stonehouse’s rink had a convincing 25-14 win against Jim Lowe and Dan Morrison edged out Chris Fox 22-20.
“It was my second game as skipper and I didn’t know what to expect,” Stonehouse said.
“Jim Whitehead has been a mentor to me as the third. He’s been terrific.
“Our rink was touch and go all day until we got away on the last six ends.
“We had a good leader in Pat O’Connor.”
Stonehouse said the one-shot win was a massive boost for Terang Green which is struggling for numbers and had to cut its division four team this season.
“It is fantastic for the club. Everyone was around and celebrated after,” he said.
“Because we have the bare minimum for two sides we are really going to battle but this brings you closer together.”
In other games, Koroit Blue’s dream division one return claimed another scalp.
Koroit Blue downed Timboon Gold 103-85, making it two wins from the opening two rounds.
Dennington Red bounced back from a round one loss to account for defending champion Warrnambool Gold, 102-85. It won two rinks and drew another to claim a surprise win after a round one loss.
City Memorial Gold was too good for Warrnambool White 109-72 and City Memorial Red trounced Warrnambool Blue 105-76.