Whittlesea got off to a good start in Bowls Victoria Premier Division pennant on Saturday.

Having been promoted in the off season, Whittlesea showed early signs it would be a side to keep an eye on this season, beating last year’s premier Altona in round one.

The teams split the rinks, two apiece. Three of the rinks were separated by a total of three shots.

The difference was the rink which Whittlesea won by nine shots.

That was the final margin, with Whittlesea winning 76 (16)-67 (4).

Bundoora RSL had a tough start against last season’s preliminary finalists Deer Park.

Josh Corless’ rink won by one shot to give Bundoora two points, but that was where the joy ended.

Adam Galloway’s rink was in the mix all day, but Nathan Murray and Luke Aiello’s rinks had big losses.

Deer Park won 95 (16)-60 (2).

In division 1, section 1, Lalor lost 90 (14)-78 (4) to Sunbury.

Lalor dominated one of the four rinks, before winning a second one on the last bowl.

In division 2, section 2, Craigieburn started with a strong win against Keilor.

Craigieburn won three rinks on the way to a 90 (16)-74 (2) win.

Epping RSL had a much closer match, defeating Buckley Park 78 (14)-74 (4).

Broadmeadows won three rinks in its division 3, section 1 match-up against Werribee (2), but it wasn’t enough to get the overall win. Werribee won 92 (12)-89 (6).