Pennant teams in State finals
By STEVE ARCHBOLD
SAWTELL (Grade 6) and Park Beach (Grade 4) booked their places in the State lawn bowls finals in August with Zone final victories at Nambucca Heads and South West Rocks respectively.
Park Beach play their State finals at Lismore while Sawtell make the long trek to Bulli on the South Coast.
Both sides set up early leads to lay the foundations for their respective victories, Sawtell accounting for Port City 61-50 while Park Beach downed South West Rocks 63-50.
Hugh Betts skipped his side to a dominant 27-13 win over Graham Eyles, Gary Launt lost to P Coleman 22-15 and Phil Cuss defeated Barry Pettit 21-15.
In recent memory, Park Beach haven't won a Zone 4 final and go into the last 16 in the State with an undeniable chance. Sawtell were again led in fine fashion by Bob Revill, who will be making his second appearance in the grade six State finals.
Revill played some exceptional bowls in his 21-14 rink win, Alec Berry picked up seven shots on the 20th end for a 22-21 victory and Ray Grandemange was at the helm on the other rink recolrding an 18-15 victory.
The Sawtell sixes are going from strength to strength after accounting for the talented Park Beach red team in the district final and are confident of a strong showing at Bulli as the team searches for club's first State pennant.
Practive matches against the highere grades have helped the grade six side immeasurably.