Diggers Rest is hoping to bounce back in the Central Highlands Bowls Division’s second grade.

Diggers Rest missed finals after a tough back end of last season, but is confident it will be in contention again.

Diggers Rest president Bill Deeble said they would again field sides in division 2 and 3.

“We had made finals the last few years, but we fell over in the last three to four weeks of the season,” he said.

“We’ve got high hopes to play finals and maybe even push for the division 2 grand final,” Deeble said.

“In division 3, it makes it hard with different players each week.”

The division 3 side finished 10th last season.

Diggers Rest will also have a midweek side compete in division 3.

Deeble said they were looking for players for all three sides.

He said because the club was outside of town, many new people to the area didn’t know they were there.

“I think we’ve got a couple of new players, but we’re trying to get the word across to the people in the new estates.

“If there’s any new players or ex-players that want somewhere to go, we’re keen for them to come down.”

The club also has barefoot bowls every Friday night.

The club will have an open day for anyone interested in having a go.

The open day is on October 5 from 12.30pm, with the opportunity to bowl and meet some new people.

The CHBD season starts on October 12, with the midweek competition starting the following Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Bacchus Marsh has moved its top side to the Bowls Victoria pennant competition.

Bacchus Marsh will play in division 2, section 1, the same section as Melton’s top side.

Bacchus Marsh’s other sides will stay in the CHBD.