UNDERDOG Warrnambool Blue is celebrating the season-defining scalp of a five-time reigning premier.
The club’s second-tier division outfit clinched a three-shot shock triumph over big brother Warrnambool Gold under lights on Friday.
And hasn’t it caused a stir.
Blue edged within reaching distance of the top four with the victory, while Gold slipped to third on the Western District Bowls Division Saturday pennant table.
They’re a raging bull of a side and we’re just a team that had nothing to lose going into the game.Ian Hatfield
Blue third and Warrnambool Bowls Club president Ian Hatfield said his side eliminated doubt to back itself.
“Warrnambool Gold has been the class side of the league for many, many years,” Hatfield said.
“They’re a raging bull of a side and we’re just a team that had nothing to lose going into the game.
“They were expected to win but we managed to pip them. It was a great team effort. We’re pumped.”
Hatfield said a large crowd gathered in the viewing area to cheer home his side.
“We always backed ourselves. We thought ‘we’re both on home territory, we weren’t on hostile territory and everyone backs the underdogs,” he said.
“We were pumping each other up. It was very close in the end – one rink was down, another was up – but at the end of the day, we got over the line.”
Blue’s Kevin Boyd enjoyed the most success, defeating Shayne Pudney by 13 shots.
Paul Symmons’ rink also dug deep to fend off Paul O’Donnell’s men by five shots.
Hatfield revealed his side was targeting a finals berth.
“This keeps us alive. We’re gelling well. It’s great,” he said.
“We had an agonising loss against City Gold before the break, and if we didn’t have that, we might be sitting in finals right now.
“If all goes well, we’re hoping for finals, but only time will tell. Friday night was our grand final in the derby, beating our top side.”
Elsewhere, City Red defeated Terang Green comfortably by 31 shots.
Dennington Red fended off Lawn Tennis Red by 21 to emerge victorious, while Koroit Blue held off Port Fairy Red.
Mortlake Blue also defeated Timboon Gold by 52 shots away from home.
Warrnambool Blue faces Terang Green away from home next week.