WERRIS Creek Bowling Club stages the 14th and final round of the Central North District Bowling Association’s Bowler of the Year Award on Sunday.
South Tamworth’s Chris Herden can be beaten despite winning last Sunday’s North Tamworth Pairs with Jason Douglas.
Herden takes a 40-point lead into the final round of the BOTYA at Werris Creek from clubmate Nathan Wise with the winner receiving 70 points.
Playing earns a minimum of 20 points.
Wise then needs to win and Herden to finish out of the top four.
“It could be interesting,” BOTYA organiser Phil Johnson said.
“But for Wisey to win he needs to win it and for Herdo to finish fifth or worse.
“It can happen.
“Not playing in the West Triples might have cost Nathan big time.
“Herdo has played in all the rest and won a couple as well.”
Johnson said the return of the BOTYA this year had been well received by players and clubs alike.
“It has gone off very well. I was talking to CNDBA president Bob Key yesterday actually and he said all the clubs are happy with it.
“All the numbers at the various events have been up, particularly for the State events.
“And that’s what we targeted too, for an increase in participation in the State events and for clubs to have more players turn out at their various events.
“Lets face it. The game has been on the decline.
“Things like this bring back a bit of prestige.
“My personal thing is that the winner of the Bowler of the Year would be a bit chuffed.
“Apart from the money ($1000 to the winner) just the fact you are the CNDBA’s Bowler of the Year.”
Johnson said the fact eight of the top 10 in the BOTYA standings are from South Tamworth is indicative of two things.
‘They are good bowlers and their participation rate is high.
“They played in just about every event.
“Look at Nev White for example.
“He hasn’t won an event but played in every event he could and picked up the 20 points for taking part in each.
“We’re hoping the BOTYA helps the Werris Creek boys get a few more teams too.
“I was down there the other day and they had 11 teams.
“ Two of them were local – the rest were from out of town.
“If this helps them get a few more teams then that’s great.”
Johnson said the BOTYA would be presented at the CNDBA Awards night at South Tamworth Bowling Club on Saturday, November 30.
That will also coincide with the South awards night and the opening of their new function centre.