DENNINGTON Red received an early Christmas present on Saturday.
It kept its Western District Bowls Division (WDBD) finals chances flickering with an upset 30-shot win against fourth-placed Warrnambool Blue.
Dennington Red enters the break in eighth spot on the back of the 100-70 triumph — just 14 points behind Warrnambool Blue.
Four sides — City Memorial Gold, Terang Green, Koroit Blue and Dennington Red — are in a log-jam in the middle of the table after 12 rounds.
Dennington Red skipper Darren King said the three rinks-to-one win was a confidence-booster.
“It still keeps us in with a chance,” he said.
“Now we have two teams below us in the two rounds when we start back — Warrnambool White at Warrnambool and Timboon at Dennington — and if we win those two we are back in it.”
King, John Murnane and Maureen Drennan all recorded wins.
Murnane and Drennan both notched 13-shot wins to prove the difference between the two sides.
King said the teams had to battle the elements.
“It was constantly raining all day,” he said.
“The managers had a little talk before deciding to keep playing which was good for us. It (the rain) was just annoying. I’d bend over to bowl and I had water dripping off my hat peak.
“It was cool in the end too — my hands were a bit purple at the end.”
King said Warrnambool Blue was undermanned but credited Dennington Red’s strong home green form for the comprehensive win.
“Our homeground advantage has been good for us this year,” he said.
“I think we’ve had one game at home we should have won but dropped.
“With the new clubrooms, we’re playing on the top green which is not our normal pennant green.
“It still ran all right with the rain on it.”
In other games, Terang Green recorded a 100-94 win against Koroit Blue after rinks were shared.
Warrnambool Gold trounced clubmate Warrnambool White 121-52.
Peter Pangrazio recorded the biggest win of Warrnambool Gold’s clean-sweep, leading his rink to a commanding 32-8 win against Ian Hatfield.
City Memorial Gold snared an important win ahead of the break, defeating Port Fairy Red 98-82.
Gary Smart swayed the result City Gold’s way after rinks were shared. He recorded a comfortable 20-shot win over Steve Gibb.
The Timboon Gold-City Memorial Red game was abandoned after 22 ends due to rain. Weather forced division two games, four division three games and all six division four games to be abandoned.