Full field for bowls

Leisa Burton and Annette Tisdell are preparing for this weekend's mixed pairs tournament at the Forbes Sports and Recreation Club.

Leisa Burton and Annette Tisdell are preparing for this weekend's mixed pairs tournament at the Forbes Sports and Recreation Club.

The greens at Forbes Sports and Recreation Club will be abuzz this weekend with the annual mixed pairs competition at capacity.

Forty-two pairs have registered for the event – and there’s a reserves list – ensuring the three local greens will see plenty of competition over two big days.

Bowlers are coming from all over the region, including Cowra, Molong, Dubbo and Wagga Wagga as well as city and coastal clubs to contest the pairs.

Competition gets underway about 9am Saturday, and is expected to wrap up about lunchtime Sunday with Mayor Graeme Miller attending the afternoon’s presentation on behalf of sponsors Forbes Shire Council. 

There’ll be plenty of local interest with Brian and Annette Tisdell, Ann and Peter Mackay, Sandra and Rob Priest, Lesley and Ray Dunstan, and Jan Waugh and Ron Thurlow signed up to compete.

Leisa Burton will pair up with Parkes Railway’s Shane Sharman, Alison Cutcliffe with Eugowra’s Tim Yell, Brian Asimus and Greg Ward are also playing with bowlers from other clubs. 

Pat Cooney from Parkes, who won last year’s competition with Gary Carberry, is back to defend her title with D Johnson. 

It will all add up to a good weekend says Leisa Burton, who is one of the organisers. 

“Come on down and watch some good bowls,” Burton said.

“The weather forecast is sunny, it should be good, and there’s plenty of room to sit and watch.”

The upcoming men’s event, the Ben Hall pairs on August 25 and 26, has also reached a capacity field with 42 pairs registered.