Newcastle's Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes will bowl the golden bowl to open the 59th Traditional Mattara Carnival at Hamilton North Bowling Club at 8.30am on Saturday.
She will be joined on the green by life member and former zone secretary Denis Broad to get proceedings under way.
Following the opening, 24 teams will take to the Hamilton North Greens to contest sectional play in the fours division of the carnival. Sectional play will also be contested at Lambton Park and Adamstown Bowling Club on Saturday, with all sectional winners advancing to the knockout stage of the event at Hamilton North on Sunday morning.
On Monday morning, the open and restricted pairs will begin with matches at Hamilton North, Toronto, Alder Park, Beresfield and Warners Bay in the open event, with 2018 champions Jim McDonald and Vic Papworth starting the defence of their title at Toronto and 2017 Champs Anthony Ellercamp and Daniel Hill at Warners Bay.
Matches in the restricted event will be hosted by Hamilton North, Lambton, Water Board and Raymond Terrace, with defending champions Troy Barry and John Neild playing at Hamilton North.
Section winners will head to Hamilton North on Tuesday to contest the knockout stage of both pairs events.
The semi-finals and finals of the Les Parrot Memorial Open Singles and Denis Broad Restricted Singles will be contested today at Wallsend Diggers Bowling Club, with the semis at 10.30am followed by the finals at 1pm.
Sectional play in both events was contested last Monday, with knockout matches completed yesterday to decide the semi-finalists for today's matches. Four of the following sectional winners from Monday will be alive to take their place today. One will be Wayne Atherton, Warren Shipley, Daryl Rodgers or Eric Duncan, and they will play whoever remains from Matt Sargeant, Shane Barclay, Callan Starrett or Alan Webber. The second semi will be between the last man standing from Ryan Steele, Nicholas Jennings, Dick Hadley or Greg Coote with the last semi-finalists being any one of Matt Johnstone, Bill Ahoy, George Adams or Bobby Doust.
In the Denis Broad Restricted, the 24 section winners on Monday were Domenico Gizzi, Ken Devlin, Peter Bootland, Shane Coleman, Richard Garvey, Glenn Mellare, Keith Irwin, Michael Powell, Jim Horton, Warren Ritchie, John Virgo, Kevin Govan, Pam Stephanis, Wayne Fullerton, Laurie Gatt, Adam Chaffey, Marc Bert, Jared Ford, Steve Gilshanen, Mark Hayne, Mick Cooper, Andrew Turnbell, Bryan Doyle and Stephen Coutts.
Four of these will front Wallsend Diggers today to contest the semi. Test your tipping skills and pick four names from both the open and restricted players listed above and get yourself to Wallsend Diggers Bowling Club from 9am to see how good a tipster you are. Don't forget to buy a ticket while you are there for your chance to win a set of bowls.