Bowls is back – October 9 | GALLERY

Familiar faces, the usual banter heard around the clubs, catching up with old acquaintances and the anticipation of the season ahead.

Ahhh, it is a great time of the year after a cold winter; the weather starts to warm up and the conversation turns to bowls and the aspirations of those looking forward to another great year on the greens.

Bowlers across the Barossa and Light rolled the first bowls of the season in the Thursday and Saturday competitions.

Some ready in anticipation of the season ahead and some dusted off the bowls for the first time. 

All the practice and trial games behind them, clubs took to the greens for the first time for premiership points.

The Thursday morning ladies ventured to the Kapunda Bowling Club for their season opener. 

Angaston had a comfortable win over Eudunda, Freeling going down to the home venue of Kapunda and Tanunda taking the chocolates over the Lyndoch ladies.

Thursday midweek afternoon saw the first games with the new two division competition. 

In division one, clubs set to stake their claim as the season unfolds, grappling towards becoming the top of the pile in the midweek afternoon competitions has started.

The Tanunda versus Kapunda shoot out went the way of the Magpies by just a three-shot margin.

Another close one unfolded up the hill where Angaston overcome Lyndoch by only a two-shot advantage.

Over at Tiger Park, Nuriootpa had a bit more breathing space, winning by 16 over Freeling.

Division two saw the Magpies trounce the Panthers, the Bombers accounting for the Roosters and the Black Tigers prevailing over the Eagles.

The Gold Tigers take place in the spectators gallery having this week’s bye.

The rain stopped and the clouds parted for a reasonable afternoon, weather wise, on Saturday.

There may have been a few nervous greenkeepers contemplating the situation earlier in the day.

Division one season openers included a replay of the previous seasons grand finale.

Wayne “Big Willie” Williams and his lads were the standout team for the Tigers over Brian Bowden’s rink and Mick Campbell’s boys the best for the Panthers over Ash Schultz’s mob.

Adam “DJ” Forbes’ lads comfortably accounted for Liam Buckley’s, and David Jaunay’s band of merry men held out Stuey Allen’s boys by enough to take the honours.

In other games, the Magpies were too strong for the Bombers, and the Eagles were comfortable over the Roosters, the Demons having the week off.

Obviously, it is too early to predict how the ladder will unfold towards the pointy end of the season, but some interesting results all the same.

The new division two split competition of 2A and 2B concept makes for a much closer competition with six sides vying for a top four spot to play in the major round at the end of the season, for each division.

In the 2A field, the Gold Tigers came out well in front of the Roosters after the last bowl was played.

The Magpies grabbed the day with a win over the Panthers and the Black Tigers putting in a solid performance to beat the Bombers.

The next tier, division 2B encounters saw the Eagles triumph over the Magpies, the Demons resurgence providing a win over the Panthers and the Tigers coming home with a victory over the Roosters.

Division 3, also with a new format of triples bowls, had the Demons conquer the Tigers.

The Bombers easily accounted for the Magpies by a country mile and the Eagles taking full points due to a forfeit by the Panthers.

Well, one down several to go. 

As we venture further and further into the season, who knows what will be revealed.

Check out the action from the division 1 Lyndoch v Eudunda and division 2 Lyndoch v Tanunda games.