Australia’s No bowler Steve Glasson is among the quality field contesting this weekend’s Wintersun Singles at the Cherry Street Bowling Club in Ballina.

“Glasson has been recognised as one of Australia’s top bowlers since he took out the Australian Indoor Singles title way back in 1994,” the club’s publicity officer, Ken Clarke, said.

“He is competing in a Section with Blair Barringer from New Zealand, Ryan Bester from Canada, and Coffs Harbour regular Alan Carver.”

The action gets under way on Saturday, with the finals on Sunday.

Already tagged as the highest quality field ever seen in the Northern Rivers, organisers are expecting a big crowd on both days to watch the experts in action. 

“The field is so strong that only a limited number of the top local bowlers were invited to play,” Clarke said.

“Gary Burt of Casino, the winner of the District Singles this year, is the form local player, but evergreen Neil Burgess from Lennox Head can always cause an upset in the highest quality field.

“If Ballina local Viv Ross lives up to his name of ‘the Fox’, then he too could surprise punters.

“At the other end of the experience spectrum, there are several emerging stars. 

“Three 19-year-olds are competing again this year — Alan McMaster, Matt Miles and Matthew Pietersen — and there are several players not long out of the junior ranks including Mark Casey, the 25-year-old from Queensland who has already represented Australia on numerous occasions, and Jesse McKenzie from Sydney, who was the runner-up last year.”

Clarke said the eight women in the field were in with a chance as well.

“Eyes will be on Carmen McCluskey for a whole host of reasons, not the least of which is her bowls skills, having represented Queensland on numerous occasions despite her tender age,” he said.

“But she will be up against the likes of Australian Women’s National Squad players Sharyn Renshaw and Anne Johns.”

Players are competing for $8500 prizemoney.