THE lucrative Carillon City Fours bowling tournament is bringing back former champions and teams from across the state to Bathurst this weekend as players pursue their share of a five-figure prize pool.
Having the chance to etch your name onto one of Bathurst's most splendid trophies isn't a bad motivator either.
The ever-popular tournament has maintained its strong entry numbers for another edition, with around 50 teams expected to make their way to the Bathurst City Bowling Club.
Bathurst City Bowling Club secretary John Archer said it's wonderful to see the tournament receive consistent support from bowlers across the state year in and year out.
"The $10,000 is one big reason why it's so popular and it's one of the last tournaments of the year for many of these players. They come and let their hair down a bit but when you've got that money up that keeps it pretty serious," he said.
"We've got 200 bowlers this year, so that's 50 sides, which is great. It tends to hang around that number. There's tournaments around which are dropping off so to keep our numbers we must be doing something right."
The trophy has become the one many bowlers from around the region, and beyond, crave to have their name inscribed on.
However, bowlers from the Western region have often struggled to get the win in the face of some serious city competition.
Strong metropolitan have once again been assembled for the tournament.
Archer, who is also taking part in the tournament, is hopeful some local teams can make an impact.
"We have a couple of sides from Wyong and Terrigal coming, and other sides from the Central Coast. There's sides from up there who have been coming to this tournament for years," he said.
"We have a Kiwi international playing, Richard Garvin, and he's one of the top end players. Dylan Skinner, who has family in Bathurst but plays out of Cabramatta now, is another one of the top players coming. Bobby Hamilton from Orange is often around the money as well.
"A lot of the bigger clubs tend to send two or three teams. Our side are obviously hoping to do well with Phil Grace as skip. Ross James, a former winner, always fields a good side."
Teams will take part in four games across the weekend - two on each day - and are randomly assigned opponents following the conclusion of each match.
Wins in all four games are usually required to even secure a podium finish at the event.
Orange City took out last year's edition with Ian Webb, Mick Stevens, Wayne Carr and skip Ian Carr taking the shock victory against the stacked field of competitors.