FOCUS: Hamilton bowler Chris Smith lines up a shot at the 59th annual NRDWBA fours carnival at Cherry Street Bowling club in Ballina
FOCUS: Hamilton bowler Chris Smith lines up a shot at the 59th annual NRDWBA fours carnival at Cherry Street Bowling club in Ballina

Bowling over Ballina in district carnival

BIG numbers have turned out with a new location for the annual Northern Rivers District Women's Bowling Association fours carnival this week.

Competition started yesterday with more than 200 bowlers on the rinks and greens at Cherry Street and Ballina RSL Club.

It is the 59th time the event has run and the first at Ballina after it was originally played in Lismore.

"Having it at Ballina means the flow-on could go to Alstonville and Lennox Head if it fills up here," NRDWBA minor vice-president Cheryl Ryan said.

"There is not limit on teams and that would make it a very big event if that happened.

"The women that travel get a bit of a holiday out of it when they go away for three days.

"Bowls numbers are generally on a bit of a decline so it's pleasing that this one is always well-attended

"We cover a huge area and it's good for the town and everyone involved."

There was plenty of Northern Rivers teams in the mix with Alstonville, Ballina, Lennox Head and Lismore clubs among the field.

South-east Queensland clubs were well represented with some coming from as far away as Colundra on the Sunshine Coast.

Cherry Street Bowling Club was at capacity yesterday with others from place likes Tuncurry and other parts of the Mid North Coast

"A lot of the teams come back year-after-year and that always helps," Ryan said.

"We have a lot of local teams out there and everyone seems to enjoy the format."

Another six games will be played today and tomorrow before an overall winner is named.



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