NSW Women’s Bowling Association match committee chairperson Lyn Skeen at West Dubbo on day one of the State Carnival.Nearly 700 women bowlers have thumbed their noses at professional sport by coming to Dubbo for the 79th State Carnival where the winning team of four players will win just $2000.
With big money being offered in sport around the globe, just as evident in some lawn bowls tournaments in New South Wales, it was refreshing to know the women this week are here more for the sport and friendship.
Just a couple of weeks ago the Dubbo Railway Master Pairs offered $25,000 in total prize money for the men, the women on the other hand are looking at their tournament from another direction.
“This tournament is not about big prize money and the big name players in the game, it’s more about the average club bowler who wants to take part in a week-long carnival,” Lyn Skeen, match committee chairperson of the NSW Women’s Bowling Association, said yesterday.
“All the clubs in New South Wales had the opportunity to enter and as one of the ladies remarked today ‘it’s open to everyone from the scrubbers to the champions.’
“Naturally enough we do have a lot of State and former State players here and they will mix with everyone, no matter what their stand of bowls is.
“The major clubs in the State including the big ones in Sydney such as St Johns and Merrylands are represented which is really good as well.
“Our tournament is an open draw when every one of the 168 teams of four will play six section games before we start the finals on Thursday and Friday.
“A feature of this tournament is meeting a lot of friends from all over the place, many of whom we only see each year at this carnival.”
The prize money breakup on Friday afternoon is $2000 for the winners and $1200 runners-up, plus $960 for third and $840 for third. As well there will daily and section winner trophies.
Skeen said the plan by the State body to bring the tournament was Dubbo was well received.
“This is the 79th State Carnival held and we’ve never had trouble getting the number of teams we have,” she said.
“In the past it’s been held mainly in at the metropolitan clubs, on the Central Coast or Illawarra, but last year we went to Port Macquarie and this is the first time we’ve come over the Blue Mountains to Dubbo.
“You have some wonderful facilities here at all the Dubbo clubs and at Narromine and everyone at these clubs has chipped in to look after the ladies during the day with morning tea and lunches.
“Without their support we wouldn’t be able to pull it off.
“I’m certain at the end of the week we will have had another successful carnival.”
Besides the 672 players representing 168 teams, another 300 supporters, organisers and others have boosted the numbers, proving to be a huge boost for the Dubbo economy.
Amongst the entries are 11 teams from the host Mid West District and teams from Inallo in Western Australia and from Mulawa in Victoria.
Railway team in fine form
Dubbo Railway Bowling Club’s team in the State Carnival has come away with two outstanding wins on day one and looking for similar success today.
Playing in Section 1 yesterday at West Dubbo, the Railway combination of Bub Foxall, Heather Purcell, Ruth Shanks and skip Shirley Honeyman defeated Seaforth 24-4 in the morning game of 15 ends and got the better of Northmead 20-5 in the afternoon.
“We were really pleased with those results,” Ruth Shanks said.
Twelve teams are in the 14 sections but only the winner of each section, plus two wild cards, will get into the draw of 16 for the start of the finals on Thursday leading into the semi-finals and final on Friday.
A composite team skipped by State junior Stacey Woodhouse (Railway), made up of Loris Lawson (Dubbo City) and Trangie members Maureen Coffee and Sue Clark, had to be satisfied with one win and a loss.
All four Dubbo clubs are being used for the tournament – Dubbo City, Macquarie, West Dubbo and Railway, as well as Narromine.
The morning games start at 9.30am and 1.30pm in the afternoon.
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