Allan Matheson Shield | Tatura-Hill Top and East Shepparton take on Pennant comeback weekend
After a delayed start to the season, Premier League Goulburn Valley Playing Area Weekend Pennant will return this weekend, as Allan Matheson Shield action kicks off.
A number of intriguing games are scheduled around the rinks, with each team looking to start the season on the right foot.
Ready to do battle at Tatura Bowls Club, Tatura-Hill Top will host East Shepparton in what is sure to be a thrilling clash.
The Saturday afternoon contest could go both ways, with both teams making a number of changes from last season.
For Hill Top, the loss of the Cartwrights is a major takedown, while East traded head coach Brent Reiner for Don Staggard.
Speaking ahead of the encounter, Hill Top coach Brendon Boyd said East was a bit of an unknown.
“They lost a few and we had a few changes, but you can never take someone lightly,” Boyd said.
“We’ll have to wait and see, I guess, it’s part of the bowls, you don’t really know until you come out and do a crack.”
Ready to miss out on some of his talent due to work and other commitments, Boyd said the team was “close” to where they wanted to be.
“Winning at the beginning of the season is really essential to prepare for the season,” he said.
“We don’t get too many points for the first two rounds, so it’s really important this week to try and get on the board and start with a good win.”
The Hill Top mentor pointed out that while the balls were back, it still wasn’t everyone involved’s priority.
“Our hearts go out to everyone involved in the flooding,” he said.
“We were lucky where we are in Tatura not to be hit too hard, but our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected quite well by the floods.
“Boules is a game of boules, but there are other things in life that are probably a bit more important right now.”
Elsewhere on Saturday afternoon, Shepparton Golf is hoping to start its season in style against Stanhope.
Missing the title for the first time in six years last season, Golf should come out strong and Stanhope will need to be at his best to win.
Meanwhile at Shepparton Park, the home side will face Mooroopna.
Newcomers to the Premier League this season, the Cats will be looking for a decisive win to start their campaign, while Park will be hoping they can start their season without a hitch.
All weekend games are scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m.