WERRIS Creek and Quirindi hosted annual tennis and lawns bowls tournaments on the weekend.
At Werris Creek, 58 players turned out in the 61st annual BHP Billiton Open while Quirindi Bowling Club staged its annual Quirindi Triples Tournament.
A full roster of 28 teams and 82 bowlers rolled up for the two-day event, with teams even travelling from as far as Penrith and Lowood, Queensland for a game.
The coastal sides of Kew, Illuka, and Ourimbah even left the long weekend beach behind for a roll and a chance at the $3000 in prize money.
Club president Rob Sweep said it is a great weekend every year.
“It is good for the club to have so many bowlers here as well as just having some good matches and a great weekend,” Sweep said.
“We don’t take it too seriously but there are some good players getting around.”
At Werris Creek, both juniors and seniors played in doubles and singles in a tournament that always attracts a very competitive field, organiser Gary Cohen said.
Whilst the tournament did not attract as many players as the 60th anniversary event did last year, Cohen said the standard of tennis was still very high.
Players had come from all over the state to play, with a contingent from Sydney and Newcastle, as well as a few coastal players competing for the $2000 prize pool.
The event is one of two annual Werris Creek tournaments that are on the Australian Money Tournament (AMT) circuit.
The circuit acts to create good match play as well as help create a pathway for juniors to transition to the senior ranks and progress.
Sydneysider Ethan Tulliani once again returned to the Creek for the tournament after returning from a six-month stint playing in eastern Europe.
The semi pro played four tournaments in Greece before moving on to Romania, Bulgaria and Slovenia.
Tamworth’s Daniel Nash was another favourite at the event, with a strong contingent of players from Narrabri and Gunnedah.
The Werris Creek Bowling Club’s annual Triples is fast approaching too.
It is the final event in the CNDBA Bowler of the Year Award.
North Tamworth Bowling Club stages its NTBC Pairs this weekend. It is also a BOTYA event with the prestigious series concluding at Werris Creek on October 27.