Defending Albury and District grade three pennant premiers North Albury have proved they will again be the team to beat after dismantling Howlong in the season opener at North Albury Bowling Club on Saturday.
The Hoppers picked up all three rinks on their way to a comprehensive 76-37 victory against the Spiders.
New recruit John Dawson faced his former side first up and skipped his rink to a 24-16 win against John Boyd's team.
Duane Crow's men also prevailed against Phil Slater's quartet, 23-15, picking up a seven along the way.
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The combination of Stephen Broad, Danny Czuczman, Ed Simmons and Steve Martini were impressive 29-6 victors against Ian Doolan's rink.
Henty also started the season in style with an impressive 77-46 win away to last year's finalists Lavington.
The visitors won all three head-to-head battles, with Peter Forck producing the biggest margin of the clash with a 27-11 salute against Fred Markham.
Kerry Boyle saw off Max Scanlan 26-18, while Glenn Harrison got past Darren Moore's team 24-17 to complete the clean sweep.
Culcairn had the bye and will start its campaign at home to Lavington next weekend.
In grade five, North Albury and Commercial played out a 57-all draw.
Culcairn produced a 72-51 result against Howlong.
Henty edged out Oaklands in a thriller, 60-58, while Walla held off Rand, 61-54, away from home.
Grades four, six and seven all start next weekend.