Coffs Ex-Services make Pirates walk the plank
COFFS Harbour Ex Services have provided the biggest upset so far in the MNC First Grade Pennant championships handing out a drubbing to ladder leaders Park Beach.
Winning on all rinks the Coffs side ran out victors by a huge 44 shot margin, the most telling being the 47 to 11 victory of Aden Pike over Jim Swan.
The victory of Coffs over traditional rivals Park Beach in itself was no shock as the sides recently clashed with only a single shot separating them on that occasion.
But to see such a one-sided score line was certainly not expected by either team.
Had Coffs tasted defeat in this encounter their season was as good as over but instead they are now within striking distance, sitting in third place.
Sawtell took full advantage of a Nambucca line up missing Graham Purvis and Karl Foster, to claim a 5-1 victory and move to the top of the ladder.
Having claimed this victory on Nambucca's home turf, this win could well be the difference at the end of the season with Nambucca traditionally the hardest side to beat at home.
With three rounds remaining every game is crucial now with only seven points separating first from last.
Both games this Saturday will be of great importance with Sawtell and Park Beach clashing at Park Beach.
Only half a point separates these two teams and the winner of this clash will hold a huge advantage over the final stages of this competition.
Coffs will play Nambucca at Nambucca with the loser of this clash as good as finished for this season.
Nambucca will have the services of Purvis again and will be tough to beat on their home ground but Coffs will be buoyed by their success against the Pirates and are hitting top gear at the right end of the season.
In grade two Sawtell has again made up ground on leaders North Beach after a solid 6-0 victory over Coffs.
North Beach also registered a victory over Urunga to maintain first place but only managed a 5-1 success.
With three rounds remaining only four points now separate these two sides, however North Beach have a much healthier for and against should the final result require its use.
Grade three will be a race to the finish now between Macksville and Park Beach after the Southern boys squared the ledger with the Pirates at home, registering a 6-0 victory and moving into a one point lead.
West Coffs, however, are still waiting in the wins after a five to one victory over Nambucca, and are only four points adrift of first place.
Every point will certainly count in this grade as the final result could very well be a difference of one point.
Grade four is no closer to being decided, with five teams still very much in the hunt with four rounds remaining.
Coffs has moved into the lead but have Scotts Head, Bowraville, Sawtell and Park Beach all breathing down their neck.
Park Beach sides lead in grades five and six red, while Sawtell is in charge of grades six and seven blue.
Coffs Ex Services appear to be only one win away from claiming the seven red section.