The Bombala bowling greens were literally overflowing on the weekend with a packed draw for the annual two-day tournament.
“We were full up at 84 bowlers, it was packed,” says delighted organiser Kyle Richardson, it was so booked out, in fact, he even had three reserve teams on the card in case of any late withdrawals.
He said the huge field was met with excellent conditions for play as the sun shone, but the mercury didn’t get too hot with the greens running well.
Open triples teams headed out for three qualifying rounds on Saturday before being split among three divisions for competition play on the Sunday.
However, Richardson said the competition was fierce with some excellent bowls played across both days.
“There was just good competitive bowls played, but in the right spirit,” he said.
“There were some cracking shots played and it was good to be a part of, unfortunately I missed a few of the stunners because you do tend to focus on your own green.”
The top grade was won by a visiting team from Queanbeyan, who were taking part in their first annual tournament, but already have plans to return next year.
Runners-up were a local Bombala contingent, who had a flawless run, but lost on points.
“Both the teams won all three games on the Sunday, but the Queanbeyan squad just had a better margin,” Richardson said.
The club also welcomed a number of teams from the coastal clubs with several Bega, Merimbula and Candelo players taking part as well as some teams from Cooma.
The locals rallied well and provided some stiff opposition, but a number of the top placings were stolen away by the visitors.
In a show of the tough competition, Richardson said his team had won five of their six games across the weekend, but still couldn’t crack the prize money placings.
Joy Clarke’s team from Merimbula clinched the top spot in division two, while a combined Merimbula-Candelo team claimed the division three honours.
Richardson said it was fantastic to welcome so many players and have the support of the FSC community for the weekend.
“The local people all support us so we do the same for them, that’s the only way these carnivals work,” Richardson said.