All Sawtell affair in triples
SAWTELL teams will fight out the district triples final after the quarter-finals and semi-finals played at Sawtell Bowling Club on Sunday.
Local knowledge proved to be important as teams skipped by Graeme Purvis and Greg Cridge survived some tough matches to reach the final set down for Sunday, May 2.
In the quarter-finals, Cridge eliminated Don Wood’s Park Beach team 22-17 before accounting for another Sawtell team skipped by Alan McFayden 23-16 in the semi-finals.
Purvis survived a strong challenge from Glen Wedlock’s Urunga team to take the quarter-final 26-19 and they went on to beat a Park Beach team skipped by Laurie Morris 25-17 in the semi-final.
In district pennants, Park Beach are poised to take the number one pennant leading by 5.5 points from Coffs Ex-Services with three rounds remaining.
In round seven, Park Beach downed Stuarts Point 6-0 while West Coffs roared back into contention for the grade-two pennant downing Sawtell 4.5-1.5.
Coffs Ex-Services defeated Park Beach (2) 5.5-.5 in the other match.
Urunga continue to dominate grade three and they played strongly on all three rinks for a 6-0 win at home to Sawtell.
Park Beach were pushed hard by Scotts Head before winning 4-2.
Woolgoolga holds a handy seven-point lead over Coffs Ex-Services in grade four after their 6-0 win over Coffs Ex-Services and in grade five Woolgoolga are also in front after their 5-1 win over Bellingen.
In grade six, the competition is extremely tight with only three and a half points separating the top four sides.
Sawtell, Bowraville and Nambucca Heads all strengthened their positions with strong wins.
In grade seven division two, Sawtell suffered their first defeat 5-1 against Coffs Ex-Services although they still have a handy lead in their section while in grade seven one Stuarts Point continue to lead.
Grade 1-2: Park Beach (1) 31, Coffs Ex-Services 25.5, Sawtell 21.5, West Coffs 20, Park Beach (2) 18, Stuarts Point 10.
Grade 3: Urunga 38, Park Beach 25.5, Nambucca Heads 23.5, Woolgoolga 15.5, Sawtell 12, Scotts Head 11.5.
Grade 4: Woolgoolga 29.5, Coffs Ex-Services 22.5, Macksville 20, Park Beach 19, Sawtell 18, Urunga 17.
Grade 5: Woolgoolga 32.5, West Coffs 26.5, Nambucca Heads 25, Bellingen 17.5, Urunga 17.5, Park Beach 7.
Grade 6: Nambucca Heads 28, Bowraville 27.5, Coffs Ex-Services 24.5, Sawtell 24.5, North Beach 13.5, Park Beach 8.
Grade 7 (1): Stuarts Point 25.5, Bowraville 20, Nambucca Heads 17.5, Urunga 9, Macksville 6.
Grade 7 (2): Sawtell 28, West Coffs 18.5, Coffs Ex-Services 17, Woolgoolga 13, Bellingen 7.5.