WODONGA looks set to continue its domination of Ovens and Murray bowling if a strong win over Benalla in the season’s opening round on Saturday is any guide.
The club that has won 17 of the past 21 flags was too good for the visitors, winning three of the four rinks and tying the other, in its 98-69 win.
The powerhouse also unveiled generation next — with Jason King, 21, skip for the first time in Division A winning by 12 shots.
Fellow skip Ashley Bates said it was strong debut.
“He just gets better. That was a very strong performance from him,” he said.
“Jason has played at two and three in the top grade for a couple of years and filled in as skip but he has locked down the position this year.
“It was a great start in near-perfect conditions.
“Benalla is a middle-of-the-road club that has a new captain and is heading in the right direction.
“Some of us were a little rusty after the off season and I expect we will get better.”
King’s rink downed Benalla’s Bruno Meneguzzi 27-15.
Bates beat Benalla’s Brian Johnston 25-18, while John Dawson made it a treble for the home team with a 28-16 win over Tony Williams.
In the other foursome, Paul Carey tied with Benalla‘s Tim Cromie 19-all.
But if the competition heavy weight announced its intentions in Wodonga, Wangaratta’s visitors may have fired the loudest warning shot.
Corowa Services demolished Wangaratta on its home turf in a 111-82 win — the stars both Dubbo bowlers and one a NSW state player.
Greg McDonald, who lost his rink 21-18, to Josh Thornton said Corowa Services were too good.
“Jay Porter, who has played for NSW, won 34-18 over Ian Brimblecombe and Alex Jarvis beat Max Muller in another rink 32-15,” he said.
“Our only win was Murray Braden who won 31-21 over Jordan Thornton.”
Corowa Civic had a narrow win over Yarrawonga-Mulwala and Rutherglen was too good for Yarrawonga.