KOOTINGAL Triples Carnival will have something of a mini battle within its $6000 carnival this weekend.
The top 12 bowlers in the CNDBA Bowler of the Year Award are all playing in the two-day tournament that has attracted 28 teams.
BOTYA organisers Phil Johnson and Gordon Cheney are delighted about that.
While the $6000 Triples carnival would have attracted a full field the fact it is also a BOTYA event adds plenty of support to the theory behind the BOTYA – that it helps fill out club carnivals and promote the sport.
This story and accompanying picture are testimony to that.
Phil Johnson reckons it will be a great two days at Kootingal Bowling Club.
“It looks to me like the top 12 bowlers in the BOTYA standings are all playing at Kooty,” Johnson told The Leader.
“It should be a great carnival and be very interesting to see who can add some points to their BOTYA standing.”
South Tamworth pair Chris Herden and Nathan Wise currently head the BOTYA standings with 240 points apiece. Then comes West Tamworth’s Charlie Schumacher on 200 with Terry Cummings, Les Goodchild and Scott Thorning on 180, Nick Golledge and Nigel McCarthy 170. South Tamworth’s Graeme Nicholls, Nev White and Paul Whitton are all on 160 points with West Tamworth’s Bruce Rogers while Stewart Bayliss, Luke Russell, Dennis Silcock and Mike Whale all have 150 points.
Herden is in a trio containing Nick Golledge and Scott Thorning, Nathan Wise is playing with clubmates Scott Easterman and Dan Daley while Charlie Schumacher is in a trio containing West clubmates Bruce “Buck” Rogers and Damon Sullivan.
This weekend’s Kooty Triples is also a vital event for the BOTYA hopefuls.
“There are just two events left,” Phil Johnson said.
“We have the North Tamworth Pairs on October 20 and then the Werris Creek Open Triples on October 27.”
Johnson, who is also playing in the Kooty Triples, is also shopping around for a club to host the BOTYA
“We are looking for expressions of interest from clubs to hold the presentation,” Johnson said. “It should be a good night and another good chance to promote the game and all our good players.”
Johnson can be contacted through the South Tamworth Bowling Club.