BROTHERS Samuela Tui and Jona Koroitamana will defend the Masters Pairs Championship at the Vatukoula Bowling Club today.
Last year, Tui and Koroitamana showed their class to beat 2010 champions Deepak Deoji and Arun Kumar 15-13 in the final of the Trans Diesel-sponsored event.
Tournament co-ordinator Semesa Lewai said they expected 16 teams.
He said the VBC would be a hive of activity with top bowlers from around the country participating.
Lewai said this would be a chance for bowling fans in Tavua and Vatukoula to witness high quality action.
"This is the third year of sponsorship by Trans Diesel," Lewai said.
"The rain earlier this week has been a blessing in disguise. The greens are quite soft. We expect tense rivalry."
Father and son combination of Caucau and Eminoni Turagabeci will lead the home charge. Sekaia Naibili and Lagere Netava are the other favourites from the host club.
National rep Arun Kumar will team up with Abdul Kalim. Semesa Naiseruvati and David Aitcheson will form the national team combination. Former world number three Ratish Lal will pair with Soni Vakatalai while Shorab Khan will team up with Kanda Samy.