Sunbury started the Bowls Victoria pennant division 1, section 2 season on a high note.

Having added to last season’s side that made finals, Sunbury is expected to be among the contenders again this year.

And it couldn’t have asked for a much better start than the one they got against Essendon 2 on Saturday.

Sunbury came away with the win, 104 (16)-66 (2).

Mark Cowan’s rink won 31-10, while Carla Krizanic’s rink won 28-11.

It was a bit closer in the other two rinks, with Todd Trewarne’s rink having a two shot win, while Dylan Filuk’s rink had a two shot loss.

Sunbury’s David Glennon said it was a good day to start the season for the top side.

Danny Fortune was the standout on the day.

He said they had several new players making their debuts for the club.

Victorian under-18 team member Sophie Kurzman, Robert Sutherland and Lee Dundon all made their debuts, while Alex Stewart returned to the club after several seasons away.

Glennon said after a disappointing end to last season, when the side was knocked out in the first week of finals, there was a lot of motivation in the group.

“To get a win under the belt is a good way to start,” he said.

“We have a pretty strong top side now and as usual we’re looking to have a good season.

“Anything less than making finals would be disappointing.”

It was a good day for Sunbury with four of its six sides winning.

The club’s two mid-week pennant sides also started the season with wins.