Classic time for women bowlers

LEADING women bowlers from throughout the North Coast and southern Queensland will head for Ballina for the club’s Women’s Classic Fours starting on Monday.

The event will be played over two days at the Cherry Street Bowling Club.

Three games of 15 ends will be played each day, with the winners to be decided by a points system – seven points for a win, 3.5 for a draw and a point for each end won.

The event has prizemoney of more than $3000.

Ballina women’s president Faye Arcus said she was delighted with the entries.

“This is our biggest event for the year and it is great to see so many clubs making the trip to Ballina,” she said.

“We have teams from Queensland, several from Maclean, Tweed Heads and Grafton, one from Sydney and two from Victoria.

“The rest are from clubs in our Northern Rivers district.”

Overall there will be 144 players competing in 36 teams, so there will be plenty of opportunities for some quality bowls.

With the recent cold weather, the greens are expected to be quite fast.

Scores will be projected on to a large screen for easy viewing using a new computer system developed by Kevin Wilson, a Ballina club member whose wife will be playing in the event.

“Kevin’s system was used for the first time in Wintersun in July and worked a treat,” Arcus said.

“So we are keen to use it for this event as it allows error- free automatic updating as soon as scores are entered.

“We just have to make sure his wife’s team don’t have an extra weighting built in somewhere!”

Play will get under way at 9.30am each day.

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