A TERANG Green skipper has credited a losing rink for the side’s jump into the Western District Bowls Division (WDBD) top four.
Jamie Heffernan said Barry Stonehouse’s rink was pivotal to Terang Green’s 96-93 win over Warrnambool Blue on Saturday.
Stonehouse, Jim Whitehead, Mark Humphrey and Pat O’Connor were in trouble early before a hearty fightback after lunch.
“They were 18-nil down at lunch and came back to lose 25-18 in the end,” Heffernan said.
“They probably won the game for us.
“They did well to get the margin back to what it was.
“They were the standout rink even though they lost.”
Terang Green and Warrnambool Blue shared the rinks as the round five contest went down to the wire.
Dan Morrison led Terang Green’s other winning rink.
It posted a 25-19 win over Dennis Beriman.
Heffernan said Morrison’s rink was improving.
“They had a loss last week, so they played well this week,” he said.
Terang Green entered the 2013-14 season concerned about its depth.
Its main aim was to avoid relegation, but it has surpassed its early expectations.
“We have two games in the next two weeks which will tell us how we’re going, Timboon at home and Dennington at Dennington,” Heffernan said.
“It will probably shape our season.
“If we win one of them, it will probably go a long way to avoiding relegation at least.”
In other games, second-placed City Memorial Red defeated third-placed City Memorial Gold 105-85, Koroit Blue tumbled down the ladder to seventh following its 120-85 loss to top side Warrnambool Gold, Port Fairy Red overcame Warrnambool White 89-70 and Dennington Red inflicted more pain on bottom-placed Timboon Gold, winning 103-86.
WDBD Tuesday pennant will be played today to avoid the Melbourne Cup tomorrow.