The Crookwell Bowling Club hosted 84 bowlers from around the state over the weekend, who all took part in the annual Gullen Range Triples Classic.
The event was won by the team from Moruya, and Crookwell Bowling Club secretary Brad Cartwright said that the event was a rousing success.
“It was brilliant,” he said.
“The weather was a bit crappy on Saturday but [Sunday] was a good day. Everybody seemed to enjoy it.”
Teams from as far as Wagga Wagga, Canberra, Queanbeyan, Taralga, Goulburn, Moruya, Tomakin, and Cootamundra travelled to Crookwell to take part in the event, along with five local teams, and Cartwright said that the popularity of the tournament was a great boon to the town’s economy.
“As head of the organising committee, we’re over the moon,” he said. “It’s running itself really, [and] getting so much support from out-of-towners.
“Probably the best thing is the amount of money it brings into the town.”
Many of the visiting bowlers arrived on Friday and stayed until Monday, meaning that the local businesses will have received a four-day boost from the event.
There was no shortage of high-quality bowling over the weekend. Cartwright said that there were “plenty of zone bowlers scattered throughout the teams, [and] former state players.
“It’s good quality field, [and] they were real happy. I’ve got 20 nominations for next year already. They came to me and said ‘make sure you put us down for next year’.
“They look forward to it, we look forward to having them here too.”
A total of 84 bowlers took part in the event, and Cartwright said that the broad range of competitors from year to year means that no one team dominates the competition.
“There’s nobody that wins it continually year after year, there’s nobody that’s more outstanding than everybody else,” he said.
“The prize money’s spread around pretty well.”
Having run since 1995, the club is looking towards the competition’s 25th anniversary in 2020, and Cartwright said that “we’ll look at doing something for sure” with regards to a celebration.
The Crookwell Bowling Club thanked the Gullen Range Wind Farm for its continued support of the Triples Classic.