Melton needs to quickly find some form if it is to remain in touch with the top four sides in Bowls Victoria Pennant’s division 1, section 1.
After a first-up win, Melton has dropped its past two games in big losses.
On Saturday, it dropped a crucial home game against Sunbury.
Sunbury came from one shot down at the break to win 84 (16)-16 (2).
Melton secretary John Adams said it was a disappointing day for the side.
“We’re not gelling together yet,” he said.
“The rink that had been struggling, led by Conrad Dawson, won after losing the first two games. The other three rinks were off, so it was the complete opposite.
“We might need to do a bit of tweaking. I don’t know what the selectors will do.”
Adding to Melton’s pain, the club’s second side had a terrible weekend and remains winless after three rounds.
Adams said the players would need to hit the greens and practise hard.
“We’ve still got a couple of players in the pipeline and a couple of players who haven’t played yet.
“We need to knuckle down and practise. We need to get into a routine of bowling together – consistency is the name of the game.”
One positive for Melton is that the next few weeks are likely to get a bit easier.
Melton’s first three matches have come against sides that played finals last year.
Adams said he expected Moonee Valley and Sunbury, the two teams to beat Melton, to be in the finals mix.
This week Melton faces Essendon (2), which is yet to win a match.
“The next few weeks aren’t going to be easy games, but it should start to get better,” Adams
said. “If we can win at least three of our four next games, we’ll still be in it. Lose next week and it will get really hard.”
Meanwhile, Gisborne’s title defence got off to the perfect start in Central Highlands
Bowls division’s top grade by defeating Romsey 108 (14)-90 (4).
Kyneton Golf won a thriller against Lancefield 102 (14)-99 (4), while Bacchus Marsh Gold defeated Bacchus Marsh Blue
96 (14)-69 (4).
In division 3, Kilmore, Kyneton Red, Gisborne and Macedon won 16-0 against Diggers Rest, Romsey, Trentham and Kyneton Blue respectively. Woodend won after Bacchus Marsh forfeited.