MNC ready for bowls challenge
MNC Lawn Bowls selectors have named perhaps the strongest side since the turn of the century to contest the annual Kelly Shield against the Lower North Coast representative team this Sunday at Woolgoolga.
The availability of a couple of the Coffs Coast big guns after many years' absence has made a huge difference to the make-up of the team, with no weak links visible in the new line-up.
Local legends Ric Southam and Kent Price head the list of returned players, both skipping their own sides.
Other key players to return include Don Wood and John Bain, whilst Urunga bowlers Paul Spencer and John Simpson join young gun Matt Miles as the only debutants in the side.
Joining Southam and Price as skippers will be team regulars Alan Carver, Col Pritchard, Cory Daley and Graham Purvis.
Lower North Coast has dominated the past two Kelly Shields and will again be tough to beat, with players such as Peter Taylor and John O'Neil at the helm.
Not only is pride on the line this Sunday but places in the Zone Fourteen representative squad.
Again Lower North Coast has dominated selections over the past few seasons but with solid results in the recent zone championships, this could be the year that MNC makes its presence felt.
For the Park Beach and Westport players involved, this match will be a preview of their opposition for the following weekend's Number One Pennant Zone Final.
With twelve Park Beach players selected for the Mid North Coast and a similar number of Westport faithful pulling on the LNC colours there will certainly be plenty of determination from both camps to claim the shield.
Play gets under way on Sunday at 10am.