Bowls to take over Auckland with mega event
About $40,000 in prize money is up for grabs when The Trusts New Zealand Open kicks off in Auckland this week.
The annual bowls event, which is televised on Sky TV, will be celebrating its 10th year with more than 600 competitors expected to take part in singles, doubles, and triples events.
The competition also features a disabled category, which will act as a qualifier for the 2018 Commonwealth Games para-sport program.
Qualifying matches will take place around Auckland this week, with Blockhouse Bay Bowling Club acting as the main host for the second year in a row.
Blockhouse Bay’s president Allan Smith said the club was honoured to host the event - the biggest on its yearly calendar.
‘‘It’s great for the club,’’ Smith said.
‘‘It’s great to be able to host good bowlers from all over the country. And not just good for Blockhouse Bay, but good for the city too.’’
Auckland Bowls’ general manager Phil Vyver is equally excited, and said the competition was one of the toughest outside of the nationals, attracting world-class talent.
‘‘We get people from all over New Zealand, and some Australians coming over as well, so it’s very well respected from that point of view,’’ Vyver said.
Teams compete in the Aerobowls men’s triples final at The Trusts New Zealand Open in 2015.