Over 100 bowlers came together from around the lower North Island for a bit of a catch up and to raise some money for Whanganui junior rugby at the Laird Park Bowling Club over the weekend.

The club's annual fundraiser tournament attracted 26 teams of four bowlers, vying for either the A Flight or B Flight titles after qualifying on Saturday and post section on Sunday.

Proceeds for the event, which club president Judy Titter estimated has been going for around 30 years, will go to the Wanganui Pirates Rugby Football Club's juniors, after the Marton and Taihape juniors were joint recipients last year.

"It was a community effort, it was a good day," said Titter.


Despite the overnight rain on Saturday, tournament volunteers from the Durie Hill Bowls Club were out early on Sunday with the squeegee mops to remove the surface water, with the sunshine taking care of the rest.

The cash prize for being Saturday's top qualifier on 'A' Green went to the Bernard Anderson-skipped foursome from Wanganui BC, while on 'B' Green it was Danniverke skip Ed Warrington's team.

The top 14 teams went into the A Flight playoffs on Sunday, with the remaining 12 teams entering B Flight.

Anderson's foursome won the A Flight crown, with the visiting P Symes-skipped team runnerup and Warrington's team third.

B Flight was won by Wanganui East's Kerry Ridgway-skipped team, with Aramoho's Phil Corney foursome the runnersup and Durie Hill's Graham Tauri team third.