The big names mostly breezed into tomorrow's post-sectional round of singles, while Oak Flats lower grader Alan West was among the unheralded players to enjoy a winning start to the carnival.
Grade four pennant player West had three wins by a combined four shots to win a tough section 25 at Dapto Citizens BC.
West had a tense 25-24 win over Harbord's Paul Leckey in his opening match, which proved pivotal.
Leckey skipped his Harbord team to win their section in the fours on the opening day and would have started favourite against the Oak Flats lower grader.
West now faces top Towradgi player Mal Lyons in the post-sectional round at Warilla BC tomorrow morning after Lyons eliminated leading Warilla bowler Jesse Noronha in his section.
New Warilla recruit Mathew McIntyre, playing at Windang, was the biggest winner, with a whopping plus 50 differential.
Among the top comeback victories in the singles was Mounties' Warren Hopley, who lost his opening match by nine shots at Bulli BC, but went on to win his final two matches by 12 and nine shots to take the section.
Defending champion John Green (Taren Point) had three strong wins in his section and faces Revesby Workers' Steve Jessup tomorrow.
Five-time reigning Player of the Carnival Shane Garvey won his section easily and faces Corrimal's Paul Sweeny in the knockout round.
Australian bowls coach Steve Glasson and talented son Ben won their sections comfortably, and other winners included Rod Busst (Towradgi), Brett Pieper (Figtree RSL), Geoff McGillivray (Warilla), Jeremy Henry (Warilla) and Dylan Skinner (Mt Lewis).