East Lismore Women’s Club members Beryle Chenney, Beatrix Bouveng, Carmel Cook, club president Fran Olley will compete in the 57th Annual Fours Carnival.
East Lismore Women’s Club members Beryle Chenney, Beatrix Bouveng, Carmel Cook, club president Fran Olley will compete in the 57th Annual Fours Carnival. Marc Stapelberg

Lismore fours carnival one of bowls calendar's top events

HUNDREDS of women will flock to Lismore today as one of the biggest events in the Northern Rivers bowling calendar begins.

The Northern Rivers District Women's Bowling Association's 57th Annual Fours Carnival will launch at East Lismore Bowling Club this morning.

Held until Thursday, the three-day carnival, which attracts bowlers from far and wide, will be split between South Lismore, Lismore City and East Lismore bowling clubs.

East Lismore president Fran Olley said the fours is highly anticipated among bowlers in the Northern Rivers and further afield.

"The fours are very big and there's some great competition," she said.

"There's 78 teams coming from everywhere - Sandgate, Grafton, Tugun, Sunnybank, Jindalee. All over the place.

"It will be split, 26 teams to each club.

"The fours have been very popular over the years. It's easily one of our biggest events and I think its one of the best run in New South Wales, really."

As well as providing hotly contested competitive play between teams, the Fours Carnival also results in significant economic gain for the Lismore area.

"The players tend to book all the motels out in advance," Olley said.

Clubs also reap considerable benefits from the extra trade.

While East Lismore is the smallest club in the Lismore area, Olley was hopeful it will put up a good fight against strong opposition.

Either way, it's a great opportunity to catch up with mates. "The friendships are great," Olley said.

"They all come back from other years and you all get to catch up again. There been 57 years of friendships created."

Play will start at 9.15am each day, with the presentation at the Lismore Workers Club after a 6pm dinner on Thursday night.



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