Triples cash goes into Gold Coast pockets

GOLD Coast bowlers Steve Halmai, Scott De Jong and Brendan Hoey walked away winners of the third annual South Lismore Bowling Club two-bowl triples carnival.

Halmai who at one time held a world ranking in the top 20, is a regular at Northern Rivers events.

There were 36 teams competing with $6500 prizemoney on offer.

Three games were played on Saturday with the winners of each section advancing.

The winner was decided on margins at the end of sectional play yesterday.

"We've been going for three years now and this is the strongest field we've had," club secretary Ben McCall said.

"It's been building nicely each year and we're starting to get a lot more entries.

"A lot of teams come back and there were plenty of new faces."

Teams from Sydney, Newcastle and South-East Queensland made up the field.

A trio from Auckland in New Zealand competed, making them the first group from overseas to play at the event.

"It had a bit of an international feel and it was a really high standard," McCall said.

"The New Zealand group have played tournaments in Sydney and they like to travel around.

"We had a lot of premier league players and leading bowlers from clubs all over Australia.

"We'll definitely be back again next year."



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