WHAT was once a male-dominated lawn bowls event has now become a successful women’s triples carnival.
On Sunday the West Tamworth Sports and Bowling Club Women’s City Of Light Triples Carnival took centre stage at the Belmore Street complex in Tamworth.
26 teams from across the region, the north and mid north coast and Sydney took part, West women’s president Robyn Schumacher said.
“It’s our sixth carnival and it’s come up really well,” she said.
“We’re very happy with it.”
The first City Of Light was run in 1986 when it was a men’s singles tournament.
It was the main lawn bowls tournament in Tamworth, a tournament that attracted the best bowlers in the land, the likes of Rob Parella, Steve Glasson, Rex Johnston and Kelvin Kerkow to name a few.
However, the light faded on the singles after 21 years.
Now the West Tamworth club runs two City of Light carnivals, both triples carnivals, one for the men and one for the women.
On the weekend it was the female triples version.
It was also worth $5000 thanks to the sponsorship of NICU and NECU, Elston Partnership, Chandlers Tree Service, WTMBC and Thrifty Car Rentals.
The winner received $2400, runners-up $1200, third $600 and fourth $300.
The best-performed team in each of the four rounds also received $500.
Those four best-performed teams were Maitland City, Grenwell Point, Singleton and the West Tamworth team skipped by Gwen Styman.
However the major winner was the Tuncurry team skipped by D Smith.
They finished unbeaten in their four games with 133 points.
Teams received 20 points for winning a match and then a point for every end.
Runners-up were the home West Tamworth team skipped by Di Kelly (115pts), third was the Kootingal team skipped by Bronwyn Heeney (110pts) and fourth an Armidale team skipped by D. Fuller.