A CHANGING of the guard is under way in the Western District Bowls Division (WDBD) Tuesday pennant competition.
Established powers Warrnambool Gold and City Memorial Gold each suffered surprise defeats in their round nine matches yesterday.
Meanwhile, the three sides from outside Warrnambool — Terang, Port Fairy Gold and Timboon — all celebrated victories.
Warrnambool Gold ventured up the Princes Highway to Terang but returned with a heavy 91-50 defeat.
Terang skipper Carol Cardwell scored the biggest win, triumphing 37-15 over her Warrnambool Gold counterpart Helen Lock.
Terang’s Margaret Sumner beat Maree Lynch 26-16 and Jean Fidge defeated Brenda Hawker 28-19 to complete the clean sweep.
Fidge said wind played havoc with the match, with the reigning premier handling the conditions better.
She described the win as “a team effort” but denied it could be a turning point for her side, which rose to fourth.
“I wouldn’t say that. Next week we could be struggling. We struggle for numbers so I don’t think that’s a turning point for us, not yet,” she said.
City Memorial Gold was a shock 76-70 loser to Warrnambool Blue at Timor Street.
Judy Smith led the way for Warrnambool Blue, defeating City Memorial Gold’s Denise Hillier 29-21.
Shirley Cosh outlasted Barbara Bibby 23-21, while Mary Smith suffered the victors’ only defeat, going down to Dorothy Gleeson 28-24.
The results paved the way for ladder leader Port Fairy Gold to extend its advantage, which it did only after a major scare at Cramer Street.
Port Fairy Gold had a close win over City Memorial Blue 73-69, picking up four shots on the last end of the match to break the deadlock.
Kay Miller and her rinkmates secured the vital shots en route to a 25-21 win over Wendy Jelbart.
Jan Norton beat Beryl Duncan 27-18, while Gill Phillips went down to Helen Kelly 30-21.
In the last match, Timboon recorded a valuable victory over City Memorial Green.
Timboon won by just eight shots, 66-58, but took the points on all three rinks to jump into third spot. Noelene Richards defeated Karina Ellery 23-21, Corrie Dixon beat Catherine Hoy 24-19 and Betty Russell scraped past Chris McMahon 19-18.