CAMPERDOWN stamped its Corangamite Bowls Division pennant finals credentials with two important victories over the weekend.
The Thornton Street-based club produced two big, albeit timely, performances to defeat top side Simpson 99-89 on Saturday and arch rival Camperdown Golf 96-80 the following day.
The wins have the side holding third position for the time being, with the remainder of the division to play out the round this Saturday.
President Matthew Brewer said the results were “very pleasing”, particularly in the sense that they will keep the side in the top four barring a full rink and overall win by Colac next weekend.
“Especially to beat Simpson yesterday and then to back it up and beat Golf today (Sunday) was good,” he said.
“Because there is nothing in it between third, fourth, fifth and sixth on the ladder, to hold that position we just have to keep winning.
“We were very pleased, it definitely keeps us in the hunt.”
Brewer said Camperdown’s next four weeks would be season-defining with matches against Colac, Cobden, Colac Central and Apollo Bay ahead of them.
They finish with a home match against eighth placed Lorne.
“I’m not sure whether we’ve got four or five games after this but every one is crucial,” he said.
“As I said Colac City and Colac are right behind us, so it’s just a matter of winning. We’ve just got to keep winning pretty much to hold that fourth spot.
“We can’t do anymore than win, that’s all we’ve got to do, so it’s just the overall result (we’re worried about).
“We had a couple of rinks down yesterday (Saturday) and a couple down today (Sunday) but just as long as we’re getting the overall result, that’s all that matters.”
Kelvin Rundle (25-21) and Luke Wright (37-16) recorded victories over Peter Inglis and Rob Methven to lead the side to victory over Simpson.
“We knew Simpson were going to come out pretty hard because I think they’ve only lost two games and we’ve beaten them both times,” Brewer said.
“We knew they would be looking for payback yesterday (Saturday) and it was pretty tricky conditions but it was good to get away with the win.”
Rundle made it a weekend double with a 30-15 win over Craig Skene setting up the club’s win over Golf, with Brewer’s 26-19 victory over Kev Conheady also helping the cause.
“We spoke before today (Sunday) because Golf gave us a fair touch up last time. We were in front and they ran over the top of us so we really emphasised that before we came out,” Brewer said.
“We really concentrated on that and we had a good lead (throughout the day). It was really good to get the result.”
Camperdown will break for the Camperdown races this weekend and will resume with a road trip to face reigning premier Colac on January 25.
The side will be eager to atone for their seven shot round three defeat to the same side but will have to overcome the challenge of doing so on their opponent’s home green.
“We have next week off but I think we have Colac at Colac after that which is a pretty big game,” Brewer said.
“They’ll be very hard to beat down there, they always are and are never to be underestimated but we’ve got to go away from home and win now.
“We’ve played two in a row here (at Camperdown) so it’s just a matter of backing it up when we go away next time.”
In the lower grades, Camperdown’s division two side suffered a 92-86 defeat to Cressy, while the division three team recorded a 123-75 win over Colac City (4).
“Division two just went down by six shots to Cressy which was a good effort because we had a heap out,” Brewer said.
“And division three had a massive win so everything is going along alright.”