BOWLERS from across the country have experienced Warrnambool’s autumnal weather over the past three days while competing in the Annual Autumn Classic.
Warm days on Monday and Tuesday gave way to a drenching yesterday as the bowlers took to the greens at the Warrnambool Bowls Club for the tournament, which has $20,000 in prizes up for grabs.
The six-day tournament is split into two three-day competitions, with a pairs tournament Monday to Wednesday and a fours competition running from Thursday to Saturday.
Co-ordinator Paul O’Donnell said yesterday’s conditions made game-play tough, but finals would still go ahead today as planned. He said Colac pair Ian Johnson and Stewart Trigg were leading the pack, but were closely followed by Warrnambool’s Gary Johnson and Anthony Duncan.
“It was tough going out there, we had to shorten a couple of games but we got them all finished,” he said.
“The finals today are going to be interesting games. There are $10,000 worth of prizes up for grabs for the pairs.”
He said there were 100 players for the pairs competition and 80 for the fours.
“We have players from South Australia, New South Wales, the Northern Territory and from all over Victoria,” he said.
“It’s always a very high quality tournament and attracts some great bowlers.”