Daylesford stuns top team in thrilling win

DAYLESFORD has toppled ladder-leaders Buninyong in perhaps the biggest shockof the BDBD division one season thus far.

BIG WIN: Daniel Curran, from Midlands Golf, helped his team to a 115-66 victory over Creswick in BDBD division one on Saturday. Picture: Kate Healy

Despite languishing at the bottom of the ladder and travelling to Buninyong’s home deck, Daylesford managed to hold on for an incredible 91-84 triumph.

It was the victors’ first win since round two, when they defeated Ballarat East.

Daylesford tournament director Winston Silbereisen said it was a “terrific win.”

“It was a really pleasing effort,” Silbereisen said.

“We always give ourselves a chance, but it was definitely a bit of a surprise to knock off the top team.

“All in all, it was a great effort from everyone.”

Daylesford was just three shots up at afternoon tea, with the resultstill very much in the balance.

However, a strong comeback from Silbereisen’s rink to level scores at 19-19 proved crucial.At one stage, theytrailed by seven shots –the exact overall margin between the two teams.

Silbereisen, however, directed his praise towards Kevin Gibson’s side, which won 23-16.

“They were thestandout rink,” he said.

“That was a great effortagainst a very capable rink. Buteveryone contributed –even the one rink we lost only lost by four shots.”

Despite the win, Daylesford remains in last position on the ladder, having only won twice for the season.

Silbereisen revealedthe club is in a challenging period.

“We’reonly a small club,” he said.

“We’re struggling for players and we’recertainly the oldest division one team. Wehaven’t got too many young guns unfortunately.

“But wemake up for it witha willingness to have a go.”

Daylesford will now aim to keep winning and get its season back on track.

Two home games in-a-row, against Central Wendouree and Creswick, should prove helpful.

In other results on the weekend, Central Wendouree managed to snare an impressive win over second-placed Learmonth.

The surprise result was terrific reward for a team that had showcasedgenuine competitiveness over the past month.

There was no surprise in Midlands Golf’s big 115-66 victory over Creswick, however, given it is arguably the form team of the competition.

Midlands Golf has now won three of its past four games, with the otherresult being a draw against Buninyong.

Meanwhile, Ballarat clinched victory in a 97-95 thriller against Ballarat East. It was a crucial win for the team, which was in danger of falling outside the top four, and brings Ballarat East’s hot streak to an end.

BMS also looms as a possible contender, after a decisive 117-74 win over Mt Xavier.

After a disappointing result the previous weekend, it was a strong response from BMS andpushes the club up to within striking distance of the top four.

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