CENTRAL North District Bowls Association’s rejuvenated Bowler Of The Year Award (BOTYA) has had a slight change.
CNDBA officials have had to delete the West Tamworth Sports and Bowling Club’s City of Light Triples as a BOTYA event because it is being played midweek.
BOTYA organiser Phil Johnson advised the club last week.
Under the BOTYA rules, events have to be played of a weekend.
“We didn’t realise the City of Light Triples is being played midweek,” Johnson said.
“I was talking to Chris Herden last week and he said he was looking forward to playing in the City of Light Triples during the week as a Bowler of the Year event but I had to tell him it couldn’t be a Bowler of the Year event because it was played midweek.
“A lot of people work and cannot get the time off to play midweek.”
He said West had moved their BOTYA event to its Winter Triples later in the year.
It’s not the only change to the BOTYA so far.
Willow Tree had to cancel its BOTYA event, its Willow Tree Fours because of lack of numbers.
“That was unfortunate for them,” Johnson said.
“They’ll run their BOTYA event later in the year now.
“It was just bad timing for them, with a lot of clubs running club events before the Pennants season starts.
“I know at Souths we had a heap of club games.
Johnson said the next BOTYA events would be State, State Reserve and Senior Pairs events.
“Entries have been very solid for those events,” he said.
“They’re being played next weekend (March 2/3) at South.
“Then we have State Reserve and Senior Singles on March 9/10.
“Entries for those events close this Wednesday.”
He said the CNDBA state Triples Final, to be played by South Tamworth’s Graeme Nicholls, Mike Whale, Les Goodchild and Mark Golledge, Stewart Bayliss and Nev White, would be played at Werris Creek.
“We haven’t been able to arrange a date yet,” Johnson said.
“As soon as we can, we’ll whisk them down to the Creek and finalise those Triples.”
The CNDBA has also made changes to this weekend’s State Pairs events, publicity officer Brian Ward said.
“Because of the number of entries received, the District Match Committee has decided to play this weekend’s (March 2/3) State Open Pairs and the State Senior (over 60) Pairs at South Tamworth and move the State Presidents Reserve Pairs to Kootingal,” Ward said.
“Each event will play the complete draw at the above venues and will be be finalised by the Sunday afternoon.”