Bowls season kicks off with a win

Dave Mckay in action during Ocean Grove's Division Three season opener on Saturday. Pictures: JAMIE CULLUM 173676

Midweek Pennant has commenced in style with Ocean Grove’s top three sides all successful in their first two outings.
Division One with an opening win at home against Torquay were able to back that up with a strong finish to get the points in their away match at Highton.
With two Division One sides this year in the competition, the Division One-2 side also have got the early wins on the board against Lara and City of Geelong. Two terrific wins away at Lara and their home match against last year’s Finalist City on the greens at Grove have got the season off to a flyer and will give the side plenty of confidence as they take on some of the competition’s best teams.
Similar to Division One with two teams the same situation in Division Three. Two sides again and its two wins to Division Three-3. John Izzard skipping with wins of 18 and 15 has ensured the results falling the way of the Grovers.
Round 3 will be interesting, Division One-1 v Division One-2. Who will win bragging rights?
Finally Round 1 of Saturday Pennant competition kicked off after a frustrating preseason of practice matches.
Ocean Grove’s Premier side travelled to Ballarat to take on the dangerous Webbcona outfit.
At 23 shots behind at the break which extended to close to 30 just after was not the position they wanted to be in.
Brett Irvine, Shaun Myers, Chris Price and Skipper Craig Hodges led a remarkable comeback which resulted in the match winning score 29-15 and somehow the Grovers reversed their deficit to outscore Webbcona 30-7 in the closing stages to win by the barest of margins.
At home the Division One side got off to a flying start. Portarlington the opposition and it was Elaine Price, Peter Jolley, Norm Thomas and Chris Deppeler who stamped their authority on the day with a 43-10 scorecard.
Two more rink wins to Alan Callow and Owen Clark resulted in 16 points and a great start to their Division One campaign.
Division Three with Geoff Fry leading the way 34-12 stole the show against Lara whilst Chris Harling, Kevin Beardsley, Peter Kuschert and Bill Ryan were equally as good leading the Fours to victory over City of Geelong.