POWERHOUSE club Koroit Orange continues to build momentum in the back-end of the Western District Bowls Division season, downing a fighting Timboon Maroon by 29 shots to march into second place.
City Memorial recruit Trina Dycer was among the most potent for Orange, returning from the Christmas break to post a dominant 21-shot victory for her rink.
She led from the get-go, leaving Koroit with a steady buffer for most of the afternoon.
However, Koroit teammate Anne Toleman was forced to work harder for triumph, coming from behind to snatch a two-shot victory from Timboon’s Betty Russell.
Faye Bolden’s rink was another comfortable winner for Koroit, scoring 27 shots to 21 to gift Orange victory across all three rinks.
Koroit team manager Marlene Lenehan said the club was preparing for tough fixtures away to Warrnambool-based clubs but was pleased to secure the win.
“The girls all played well against what was a fairly strong opposition,” she said.
“We’re pleased with our win for the day but we’re not getting overly confident or anything because going into the Warrnambool greens, we’ll have to perform better again.
“There’s always a certain advantage on home greens and you’re put to the test. They’ll certainly have a boost there.
Lenehan was optimistic about the club’s performance this season and hailed a team-based philosophy as key.
“We’re more than pleased with our performance this year because we haven’t been in division one for all that long,” she said.
“I think we’ll do well for the year and should finish in the top four unless something drastic happens.
“We’d love to have the top two advantage because I think it’s a great leveler for teams to play on a neutral green. It brings out the best in the players out there.”
Lenehan said no one bowler was responsible for Orange’s success to date and instead pushed her club’s joint effort.
“Every person has a down day and we haven’t relied on one person to get us over the line,” she said.
“Our division two ladies also had a win, taking out two rinks and going down in one. It’s across the board.”
Meanwhile, little separated sides in the other three division one matches.
Top-ranked City Memorial Gold was forced to work hard against fellow finals contender Warrnambool Gold, winning 66-59.
City Memorial Green, another side fighting to sew up its top-four spot, escaped with a two-shot win over a plucky Port Fairy Gold.
Bottom-placed Terang Gold enjoyed a rare victory, overcoming Mortlake Blue on the road 76-69.