Summerland Series bowl tournament a boost for Ballina
THE Summerland Series bowl tournament continues to develop and bring economic benefits to Ballina, not just quality bowls.
Navy buddies and bowls partners Andy Peasley and Robbie Dixon (pictured inset) were among visitors to Ballina to compete in the Summerland series and enjoy a holiday at the same time.
The pairs tournament that started yesterday attracted more than 138 bowlers to the region.
Cherry Street Bowling Club president Paul Flood said with the singles tournament later this week, and partners and friends, the annual event could bring up to 1000 people to the area.
Mr Peasley met Mr Dixon at a Navy bowls champion- ships and the pair has been good friends since.
They travelled interstate to take part in the tournament for the thrill of competition and to catch-up before Mr Dixon leaves for active duty in Afghanistan.
Allan Weissman from Armadale in Victoria also took the opportunity to mix a social visit with bowls.
Mr Weissman was visiting family and pairing with his brother in law in the pairs competition.
Mr Flood said the Summerland Series was in its 52nd year and was establishing itself as a quality tournament.
He said at a state level the club was being recognised and rewarded with hosting state finals and pennants that brought in visitor dollars to the area.
With just three days between the pairs and the singles tournaments the series went for the best part of 10 days, benefiting the club and its workers as well as hotels and restaurants in the area, he said.
Bowls NSW Zone 1 vice-president Greg Danvers said it was also a good sign many competitors were young.
"The Summerland Series was a signature event for the region," Mr Danvers said.