Com­peti­tor num­bers up

Pilbara News - - Sport - Alicia Per­era

A new bowl­ing green drew the crowds to the Kar­ratha Bowl­ing Club’s 2017 Carnival this month.

An im­pres­sive 26 teams stepped up to the mark at the ma­jor an­nual Kar­ratha bowl­ing event — a big jump up on the 2016 draw of 14 teams and close to the space’s 28team ca­pac­ity limit.

Kar­ratha Bowl­ing Club pres­i­dent Bill Messer said the high level of par­tic­i­pa­tion was a promis­ing sign for the club, which suf­fered a de­cline in mem­ber­ship dur­ing the con­struc­tion of a new green that was fin­ished only weeks be­fore the tour­na­ment.

“We do it once ev­ery year and we have peo­ple come from all over the State,” he said of the carnival.

“We’ve got three teams from Broome for the first time, (but) most of them come from the South West. When we were closed we went down to six fi­nan­cial mem­bers and we’re back now. This will be a cat­a­lyst for us.”

The carnival was held on Satur­day, July 1and Sun­day, July 2, with the pre­vi­ous four days ded­i­cated to lead-up events. It is part of a WA cir­cuit of bowl­ing car­ni­vals in­clud­ing Dampier Bowl­ing Club’s which was held the pre­vi­ous week­end. Kar­ratha Bowl­ing Club sec­re­tary Hay­ley Wald­ing said a week of fun, healthy com­pe­ti­tion and the $10,000 com­bined prize money on of­fer this year had been other draw­cards for par­tic­i­pants.

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