WOMEN bowlers have been hitting the bowling greens in force.
The Central Northern District Women’s Bowls Association (CNDWBA) Pennants play-offs have been keeping the districts bowlers busy.
On Thursday, North Tamworth hosted Quirindi and West Tamworth played Tamworth City at City.
Both home sides were victorious but won in contrasting fashion.
City won 20-13 and 27-21 to beat West 47-34 overall in their No.4’s clash.
At North, there was only two shots in it, with North and Quirindi winning a rink each.
On the overall score, North came out on top 43-41 in the No.3’s match-up.
It was North’s second win for the first round with one game remaining.
North will play South Tamworth No.1 at South Tamworth on Tuesday.
Tuesday’s games will complete the first round with the teams all playing each other twice on a home and away basis.
Points are awarded for rink wins and the overall win.
The top teams in both grades will then go on to represent the CNDWBA at the zone play-offs later in the year.
West will have the bye on Tuesday.
They have already completed the first round after also playing Gunnedah last Tuesday.
Gunnedah won that 43-34.
Kootingal and Manilla, South 1 and West (No.3), and South 2 and Quirindi also played on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the CNDBA State Open Pairs and seniors will be played this weekend at South Tamworth while Kootingal will host the State President Reserve Pairs.
Next weekend the CNDBA State Singles, State Senior and State Reserve Singles will be played.
The Open Singles will be played at West Tamworth, the State Seniors (Over 60s) at Tamworth City and the State Reserves at North Tamworth, CNDBA publicity officer Brian Ward said.
He said entries had increased markedly for all three divisions.
“The State Singles is up eight entries from 14 to 22, Seniors are up six from 22 to 28 and Presidents Reserve up 11 from 18 to 29,” Ward said.
“Total entries are 79 up from 54 last year.
“Because of this the District has had to run each section at a different club.
“Each section has five rounds of play to find a winner and by Sunday night we should know who the finalists will be.
“It may be that the District Match Committee may decide to hold all three finals at the same venue.”