By Mikayla van Loon
Bowls is back and Lilydale Bowling Club are looking to get the season underway with its first Saturday pennant home game in the premier division.
Coming up after winning back to back, albeit with a break in between, division one titles, the Falcons will be aiming to impress on home soil.
With only 10 teams in the premier division across Melbourne, bowling club president Len Cumming said “it’s a big thing.”
Under the guidance of co-coaches Daniel Woodrow and Joshua Sanders, the team will be made up of Chris Woodrow, Geoff Peterson, CJ Snary, Luke Ingham and Len Hill.
“Coming up against Yarraville/Footscray at home, a good start to the season is a must,” Mr Sanders said.
“The competition this year in this division is as strong as it has ever been but we are ready to hit hard.”
Although there is a chance it could get rained out, Mr Cumming said the top court holds the water well.
“Being at home, it’s a pretty big occasion,” he said.
“If it is too wet, there is a chance it could be called off but that won’t be made until mid-morning.”
In other divisions, the Falcons will play both home and away games for the opening round on Saturday 13 November.
Division two will verse Heatherdale for an away game but Mr Saunders said the line up is looking strong and they should be able to “hit the ground running.”
As for division three and six, they will both play at home against Boronia but the teams should have good enough form to be a strong contender.
Division seven will verse Doncaster in an away game, which Mr Saunders said is a must win game to start the year on a high.