By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
THE all-important top position on the table at the Christmas break is up for grabs over the next two Saturdays, but in unfamiliar territory.
Due to the unavailabity of the Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Park, the battle for competition supremacy will be played on the new turf wicket at Woolgoolga's High Street ground when Diggers Ex-Services and Park Beach Bowling Club Colts face off.
Diggers will be keen to see the back of Colts' skipper Craig Haworth, who has scored just a fraction under a quarter of his team's runs so far this year.
FOR a club that hasn't yet won a game, Bellingen surprisingly go into their clash with Coffs Hotel Tigers as favourites.
A combination of improved form from the youthful Bello team and the absence of key player personnel from the Tigers line-up has many predicting Bellingen are about to climb off the bottom rung of the ladder.
Tigers captain Daryl Parmenter will be in Sydney for at least the next 10 weeks after the premature arrival of his first-born Zachary on Tuesday. Added to the shoulder injury to Stuart Dixon plus the mental scars that must surely remain from the mauling Sawtell, particularly Glen Johnson, dished out a fortnight ago, the Coffs Hotel boys look a touch fragile and ripe for the picking.
NANA Glen will be fielding their strongest line-up for the first time this summer when they take on Sawtell at Brelsford Park.
Captain Matt Andrews will be relieved to have the services of opening bowler Trent Jones back in the team so the feared new ball combination that Jones has with Nathan Secomb can again wreak havoc.
The batting form that Sawtell displayed two weeks ago means that the Lizards will need to hold on to every opportunity that comes their way.