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Big birthday bowls bash at Ballina

Evans Head bowler Bev Montague at the NRDBA women's fours at Ballina.
Evans Head bowler Bev Montague at the NRDBA women's fours at Ballina. Mitchell Craig

ABOUT 48 teams turned out for a busy three days of competition to celebrate the Northern Rivers District Women's Bowling Associations 60th birthday.

Most local clubs were represented with a strong contingent from south-east Queensland taking part in fours competition at Ballina RSL and Cherry Street bowling clubs.

"They have a lot fun, especially at night time,” NRDBA women's president Fran Olley said.

"It's a big carnival and it can be a long day, especially if they go out somewhere after.

"Two teams from Musgrave Hills (Gold Coast) and the Ballina girls have won all six games heading into today.

"You nearly need to win all the games to get somewhere in this competition.

"They come from just about everywhere for this and it's always really popular.

"Years ago we used to get about 800 women but you don't get that any more.”

Rain caused the first game of the day to be abandoned before they made their way back on to the greens before lunch.

Organisers were looking ahead to the presentation dinner at the Ballina RSL Bowling Club last night.

"We used to always have it in Lismore but we changed to Ballina last year and it seems to be working well,” Olley said.

"Not a lot of things go 60 years and we're always really happy with it.”