Myponga reputably made history in 2020/21 Open Gender pennant season by winning the Division 2 grand final and being promoted to the Great Southern Bowling Association (GSBA) Division 1 for the coming 2021/22 season.
Myponga won the shield with virtually the same players triumphing the previous year 2019/20 in Division 3, which earned them a promotion. 2021/22 season will certainly test Myponga in Division 1 as last season finalists McLaren Vale and Goolwa Black are eager to make a point that they will be difficult to beat.
Many clubs in the GSBA have signed many new players which makes well for a good competitive season. Willunga has signed former Under 18 and State Development player Preston Kaufer.
Division 2 top teams Clarendon and Langhorne Creek have the talent to cover come challenges from the larger clubs such as Victor Harbor, McLaren Vale and Encounter Bay. Division 3 will see Aldinga Bay and Milang push their opposition to reach the end of season finals for a chance of a promotion to Division 2.
GSBA Open Gender Bowls pennant season commences October 9, with six divisions, while the Thursday Women's season commences on October 14.
First round of Division 1 pennants this Saturday are: McLaren Vale v Encounter Bay. The Vale should start strongly and come home with an easy win. Goolwa Black v Goolwa White. Local derby, could go either way, but Black to win.
Victor Harbor v Myponga. Victor will need to start strongly as Myponga will be out to prove they have earned their Division 1 spot. Close game, Victor to win. Port Elliot v Strathalbyn. Strath. may find it difficult playing on the 'Carpet by the Sea'. Port Elliot to win. Yankalilla v Willunga. Willunga will have too much skill and should win easily.
At Encounter Bay only one game of social bowls this week. Saturday's triples winners were Norm Pearl, Glenda Niven and Anne Pearl on 31 + 12. Runner up on 31 + 8 were Randall Rabone, Joy Mundy and Dion Millard.