2006 pennant preview
WITH four sides competing in the Premier grade this season, one more than in 2005, the title race is expected to be much closer than the one-sided affair of last year.
Park Beach has virtually retained all of their 2005 Zone championship winning side, with the only exceptions being Cory Daley, who is unavailable at this time and a cloud over the availability of Denzil Owen.
However, with the return of Phil Hall from Nambucca Heads and a swag of other quality players on the way up, they are still the team to beat.
Nambucca Heads will once again be a force despite the loss of Hall, with a solid base of players and a strong contingent of junior bowlers who will be pressing for positions in the first grade squad.
2005 second grade Zone champions Coffs Ex Services will be relying on some new faces with up to four top grade players unavailable at this stage for the upcoming season.
Quality players such as Dallas Cole and Alan Carver will ensure that the side will still threaten anyone who takes them lightly.
Perhaps the side expected to be the biggest threat is the Sawtell team who have improved in leaps and bounds over the past three seasons to become one of the dominant clubs on the Mid North Coast.
A younger side compared to the other top grade contenders, Sawtell will be boosted by the inclusion of former Park Beach bowler Robert Dudgeon, although at this stage it is unknown whether or not he will be playing pennants.
If he plays, Dudgeon will join other Under Forty Five players Anthony and Peter Clarke and the McFayden twins, Alan and John.
When combined with the experience of Denis Scott, Alan Watkins, and the in form player of 2005 George Fisher, the Sawtell line up is one that will definitely cause problems for their opposition in 2006.
As we approach the new season, full first and second grade team lists will be published as they come to hand.