RAIN DANCE: Ballina Bowling Club acting publicity officer John Lowry hopes the rain will stop so play will go ahead today.
RAIN DANCE: Ballina Bowling Club acting publicity officer John Lowry hopes the rain will stop so play will go ahead today.

Bowlers vow: It's on today

By STEVE SPINKS

IT never rains ... it pours.

Unfortunately the old saying proved correct yesterday as the first day of the Ballina Bowls Bonanza ? the Open Double Pairs ? was washed out at the Ballina Bowling Club.

Months and months of dry weather and then all of a sudden about 70mm (about three inches) of rain was dropped in 24 hours, cancelling a major competition and threatening three further days of bowls.

The irony of it all was not lost on acting publicity officer John Lowry yesterday.

"We're trying to be philosophical about it," he laughed.

"We have every intention of bowling tomorrow (today)."

Exacerbating the cancellation of the Open Double Pairs is the fact that the Bonanza was postponed from last week ... a week that was full of sunshine.

With the Taylor Invitation Bowls Challenge scheduled for today and tomorrow and professionals such as world number one Steve Glasson already in Ballina, Lowry indicated matches would go ahead in spite of the weather.

"It would have to be absolute torrential rain for us not to play tomorrow (today)," Lowry said.

"I'd advise everyone to bring their heavy weather gear down."

For further information on today's play contact the club on 6686 2811.



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