Melton pulled off a stunning comeback in the opening round of the Bowls Victoria pennant division 1, section 1 season.

Melton trailed Werribee by 20 shots at one stage on Saturday, before hitting the front right at the end.

Melton ended up winning 76 (14)-72 (4).

Melton skip Conrad Dawson said everyone was ecstatic with the result.

“Everyone ran onto the green once we won,” he said. “We had a slow start with a couple of bad decisions, but we managed to pull back.

“We were 20 shots down before we fought back in every rink in the last nine ends to get the win.

“Craig Norris played an absolute pearlier to break Werribee’s heart.”

Dawson’s rink won 24-14, while David George’s rink won 25-16.

Despite sealing the overall win, Norris’ rink lost 21-15. Ray Gnjidic’s rink also lost, 21-12.

Dawson said the win was the perfect way to start the season, in what he said is the ‘group of death’. He said every match will be a challenge.

“We want to win all our home games and make Melton a fortress,” he said. “If we can snag a few away wins that would be good too.

“We would be ecstatic to make finals. That is our goal.”

Dawson said they had lost three players in their top side from last season. He said they had been able to fill those spots, with other players looking to make the most of their opportunities.

The Central Highlands Bowls Division gets underway this weekend.

In division 1, Bacchus Marsh faces Gisborne Yellow, Gisborne Red plays Kyneton Golf, Kyneton takes on Lancefield and Romsey and Trentham do battle.

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