BOWLERS from as far away as Darwin will converge on the greens at the City Memorial Bowls Club tomorrow for the annual Des Notley Classic Pairs tournament.
The two-day tournament has attracted 84 players from 32 clubs, forming 42 teams.
Tournament director Daryl Andrew said it was the biggest field the tournament had attracted in recent years.
He said players would play six games of 14 ends over tomorrow and Thursday.
Andrew said among those lining up would be Australian squad member Matthew Flapper and former Victorian squad member Nathan Bush.
“Matthew is a coach at the Ocean Grove Bowling Club which play in the Ballarat/Geelong Premier League,” he said.
“He’s the skipper of the Victorian squad and is on the Australian team, so is a very well credentialed player.
“Nathan also coaches in Geelong and is back after a year away from bowls. He’s a former Victorian player as well.”
Andrew said former Warrnambool man Barry Orr is making the trip from Darwin to play.
He said last year’s winners, Kevin McMahon and Wayne Hall, from City Memorial, will be back to defend their title.
First time tournament players will also be in the mix. “This year we have 30 players who haven’t played in the tournament before,” he said.
“It’s one of the longest running tournaments, and this year we will have three players who will have competed in all 26.
“We are starting to get players from Melbourne coming back and we have players from clubs all over Victoria.”