Mortlake Bowls Club stalwart Val Smith was thrilled to be back at top-grade midweek bowls on Tuesday.
Mortlake Blue got its second win of the pennant in the first round back after the Christmas break.
Bottom-ranked Blue knocked off ninth-placed Dennington 67-43 shots at Dennington.
Prior to the match, Smith, who has been with Mortlake since 2006, said it had been a hard season for the Western District Bowls Division club.
"It's been pretty tough, division one in the Saturday pennant - I think they're on the bottom of the ladder right now and may get relegated (they are second from the bottom)," she said.
"Likewise, I think division one on Tuesday will probably get relegated.
"We've got six games to play but it just depends.
"And I think Dennington is just above us (in midweek) so it's a toss up."
Smith, who is one of Blue's skippers, explained a team is relegated to division two if it finishes last in division one.
"I think probably everybody might enjoy division two rather than (division one) because we don't have enough players to be there, really," she said.
"It's really hard with a small club, we don't have the numbers and likewise with Dennington here - they don't have a lot of numbers of women.
"But anyway we all get a game and that's the main thing. We like to play bowls."
Smith explained one reason why it was difficult to attract new female players.
"Young women work these days, years ago they didn't," she said.
"Like we had soldier-settlement people, all the wives and lots of them played bowls."
Smith has an impressive bowls résumé.
She said she had won Mortlake's women's championship half a dozen times and had also made the over 60s women's singles final at regional level.
The experienced bowler isn't afraid of a challenge.
She said she enjoyed playing against quality opposition as it helped her play better.
In other midweek matches, Warrnambool Gold enjoyed a convincing 79-46 shot win over Port Fairy Gold at Warrnambool Bowls Club.
Koroit Orange claimed a 60-48 victory against Warrnambool Blue at Koroit.
City Gold and City Green battled prior to Tuesday with Gold getting the chocolates, 81-35.
Terang Gold triumphed 63-56 against Timboon Maroon.