Tommy Raudonikis and some of bowls biggest names help made BCiB Triples a huge success

The home club hopes of Matt Thompson, Darren Connolly and Tim Farrell walked away with the winners’ cheque for $2100 after another hugely successful edition of the Domina BCIB Open Triples tournament at Club Dubbo on the weekend.

The West Dubbo trio impressed across the two days of competition while off the greens, it was also a massive two days of charity fundraising.

As always, the BCiB tournament was part-bowls, part-charity event and there were a number of high-profile guests who helped make the weekend one to remember.

“It was a great weekend for the club,” West Dubbo bowls coordinator Anthony Brown said.

In terms of the on-green competition, Thompson, Connolly and Farrell’s six wins and a +56 margin was just too good for the runners-up team of Bryson Hooker, Matt Hooker and Barry Hooker from Austral and Broken Hill, also with 6 wins, but a lesser margin of +17.

These two teams were the only sides that recorded six wins from six matches over the two days.

There was a gala charity function on the Saturday night, Club Club Dubbo in association with Domina BCiB and Dubbo West Rotary helping raise funds for the Dubbo Cancer Centre.

Guest speaker Tommy Raudonikis delighted fans as special guest speaker on the night while there was a raffle and monster auction of sporting memorabilia.

Brown stated “$9,000 at least” was raised but the final number was still uncertain at this time.

The action continued on Sunday but by the end of the six matches it was the three West Dubbo bowlers who were named champions.

“Two of them work here at the club and they were pretty stoked,” Brown said.

“They had a good weekend and they’re all the best of mates.”

Domina BCIB indicated it will be back as main sponsors next year, with Director Ian Hopper delighted to again have three of his Australian representatives, Karen Murphy, Steve Glasson and Kelvin Kerkow, as special attractions for the weekend.

The trio also passed on hints and tips to junior players across the weekend of quality action.

“They just got to play with three of Australia’s best,” Brown said.

“There’s not many kids who get the opportunity to do that. They got to learn and they (three guests) taught them about new shots.”

Brown was pleased those three high-profile bowlers were in attendance – Glasson the Australian coach, Murphy a current Australian representative and Kerkow a former Commonwealth Games gold medal winner – but he was also proud of all the volunteers who helped out and made the weekend the success that it was.