Victoria skipper Barry Clark expects the club to again be among frontrunners in the 2020-21 Ballarat District Bowls Saturday Pennant Premier competition.
Clark helped lead the Vics to the top of the competition ladder last season, before suffering a heavy grand final defeat to underdogs Sebastopol.
Clark said the Vics would have no choice but to put the disappointing loss behind them this summer.
"Last year as a club we won four grand finals out of six, so that was a great achievement," he said.
"We'll be competitive again and hopefully we can stay in the hunt for the finals."
Clark expected a few spots to be up for grabs in the premier squad, as some members contemplate stepping down.
Shaun O'Loughlin and Edward King are two players likely to see more time in the top grade after solid play last season. Clark said both were up to the task.
"Both played a few games in the ones. Shaun might have played one game in the premiers. If we get them under the right skippers I think they'll go okay," he said.
Victoria set the standard of the competition for much of last season, after coming across from the Geelong Pennant Premier League. The club looked primed to claim the flag but submitted a performance to forget in the decider.
Despite a 36-shot loss to the Kookaburras, Clark said there were many positives to take out of the season.
"I think we'll be at about the same mark in premier. Sebas have got a bit weaker while Ballarat have got stronger, but most other teams are the same," he said.
While Sebastopol scraped into the finals to claim the title, it lost the services of premiership skipper Anthony Holland in the off-season.
Meanwhile Ballarat, who were in the top two for much of last year, acquired handy skipper Aaron Wood from Deer Park.
Clark expected it to be another close year.
"We might see a few players step down so there might be a few vacancies in our premier side," he said.
"We'll have to make sure to consolidate ourselves in division one as well so the gap is not so big."