CHRIS Herden has taken out the Central North District Bowling Association’s Bowler of the Year Award after competing “on the carpet” at the annual Werris Creek Triples event.
Sunday’s triples was the fourteenth and final calendar event where bowlers can earn points in the newly re-instigated BOTYA.
The strength of South Tamworth can be seen in the final standings of the awards, with eight of the top 10 finishers from the club.
Going into the final round, Herden could only be beaten by fellow Southie Nathan Wise, if Wise won the event and Herden finished outside the top four.
However the two bowlers were in the same team for the final event, effectively making it a dead rubber as far as BOTYA points were concerned.
Whilst Herden took the award and the $1000 prize money, the Kootingal side skippered by Kim Greentree and including Gary Hagan and Les Goodchild, won the triples unbeaten with three wins and a plus 56.
They were closely followed by a Nick Golledge side including Scott Ryman and Jason Heaver which finished with three wins and a +54.
Third was a Terry Cummings-skipped side containing Chris Adams and Barraba’s Dennis Fan while the North Tamworth trio of Harry Wicks, Chris Cameron and Graeme Cameron was fourth.
Werris Creek Bowling Club’s Terry Meredith has mixed feelings about the award, after a less than average turnout of 32 players rolled up for the triples, although he said the skill level was excellent.
Meredith applauds the award for bringing in a lot of younger bowlers as well as bringing in a higher calibre of player, although believes that some of the other bowlers did not turn up because they could not win the BOTYA, and Werris Creek cannot offer the same prize money as the bigger clubs.
“It is a bit of a shame really. The system has brought in a lot of talent and a lot of younger bowlers which is great for the sport, but some of the older bowlers have not turned up or gone elsewhere because they think they can’t win,” Meredith said.
Some of the local bowlers as well as some Quirindi teams travelled to Maitland and Binnaway for bigger events on the weekend rather than support the local clubs and events, and the president sees this as a major problem.
“We only had one green going this year when last year we had two full greens going,” Meredith said.