Bowls event worth $32,000

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

The Deniliquin RSL Bowling Club expects to host some of the top lawn bowlers in the country when it introduces a new Easter Triples tournament next year.

The Australian Ranking Tier 3 event will be played over five days of competition, with $32,000 in prizemoney up for grabs.

RSL Bowling Club president and tournament organiser Ken Wellard said the idea of holding the tournament came up about two months ago.

‘‘I thought we could do something to make the RSL Bowling Club stand out a bit,’’ he said.

‘‘I raised the idea and (RSL CEO) David Hart agreed to support it.

‘‘The tournament is ideal for those players who are seeking the points system. There is a grading system throughout Australia to produce the number one bowler in the country.

‘‘We’re aiming to bring about 190 bowlers to Deni for the week.

‘‘We’re hopeful this event will attract some big names to town, including bowlers from the Australian national team.

‘‘The event won’t only benefit the club but the town as a whole.’’

The week-long tournament will start on Monday, April 15 with a calcutta at the RSL Bowling Club.

Play will start at 10am on Tuesday, with each team playing three games of 12 live ends each day of the tournament.

At the end of the five days it will be the team with the highest ranking points that claims the first prize of $12,000.

Prizemoney will be awarded to the top 20 teams with second place earning $6000, third $1800 and fourth $1500.

The club will also host a Good Friday charity day, which will be a rest day for those competing.

‘‘The charity day is open to the public,’’ Mr Wellard said.

‘‘While competitors are also invited to participate it is considered a rest day for them before their final two days of the tournament.

‘‘The charity day will be a fours event with $10 entry.

‘‘We felt that holding a fun day while raising funds was a great way to fill in the day.

‘‘All money raised will benefit the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.’’

The charity day will start at 1pm on Friday, April 19.