Flying start catches Inglewood by surprise

UP AND ABOUT: Inglewood skipper Mal McLean. The top-of-the-ladder Woods have been the talk of the BBD early in the season. Picture: LUKE WEST
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INGLEWOOD is undefeated and at the top of the Bendigo Bowls Division pennant ladder after three rounds.

It’s a start to the season that has caught the BBD by surprise.

And so to has it Inglewood, according to long-time skipper Lindsay Kelly.

The BBD is more accustomed to Inglewood being the whipping boys of the competition.

After all, in the eight years they had been back in division one before this season, the Woods had only won 23 games.

But so far this season it’s Inglewood handing out the whippings is it sits atop the ladder with 51 of a possible 54 points and +72 shots.

“We’re probably as surprised as everyone, to be honest,” Kelly said on Friday.

“We’ve got a couple of young skippers now in Mal McLean and Rob Day, who are both bowling well, and Daryl Rowley’s rink is also going well.

“Daryl is our coach; we’ve had him for three years and he’s been working really hard on getting us to think about our bowls and it just seems to be clicking at the moment.”

The Woods have got all four of their rinks contributing to their early-season success, with the side having won 10 rinks, drawn one and lost one.

Rowley tops the BBD skipper’s ladder with six points and +37 shots; while Day is fifth; McLean seventh and Kelly 14th.

While the season is still early and the Woods aren’t getting ahead of themselves, they have already been able to break several hoodoos.

With wins over Eaglehawk (28 shots), Kangaroo Flat (10) and Castlemaine (34), it’s the first time since returning to division one in 2008-09 they have won three in a row.

And their victories over Eaglehawk and Castlemaine have been all-rinks wins.

Before this season the Woods hadn’t recorded an all-rinks victory since 2009-10.

On Saturday they are again favoured to continue their impressive start to the season when they host Golden Square, which is battling at 0-3.

“It’s very pleasing at the moment, so hopefully, we can continue it at home on Saturday and have another win,” Kelly said.

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