WHEN things are tight it's always good to have a man on your side who's cool in a crisis.
Park Beach's No. 1 Pennant bowls team must be thanking their lucky stars that Col Pritchard is one of theirs.
Pritchard secured a tight 49-47 victory in Saturday's Zone 14 finals with the last bowl of the day to break the hearts of the Kempsey Heights team.
Large crowds were on hand at Nambucca Heads and South West Rocks for the Zone finals to see which teams progressed to the State finals at the end of July.
While Kempsey Heights were disappointed with the last gasp defeat, their club did receive some consolation when their Grade 6 team had the most convincing win of the day when they thrashed Bellingen by a massive 39 shots.
Through the seven different finals over the weekend, there were seven different clubs that won the right to progress to the statewide championships.
Park Beach's victory in the top grade was close but it wasn't the tightest finish of the finals.
Woolgoolga and Port City fought out a nail biter in Grade 5 with Woolgoolga claiming the spoils by the barest of margins.
The contest was so tight that Woolgoolga's Team Manager Tom Graydon claims that "He's still getting over it."
Coming into the last end, Woolgoolga trailed by two shots but Skip Ted Mepsted was up to the task.
Woolgoolga were holding two shots when the skips were set to roll their last bowls.
The Port City skip missed with his drive and Mepsted drew a third shot to get his team the Zone championship.
"When Ted got that last shot the reaction from the north boys was great," Graydon said.
"From Port City it was not so good but that's understandable.
"We went into the match as underdogs but it was a great result for us as we're only a small club."
Zone Finals Results: Grade 1 - Park Beach d Kempsey Heights 49-47. Grade 2 - Coffs Ex-Services d Port City 75-48. Grade 3 - Sawtell d Hat Head 54-42. Grade 4 Westport d West Coffs 65-60. Grade 5 - Woolgoolga d Port City 63-62. Grade 6 - Kempsey Heights d Bellingen 83-44. Grade 7 Port City d Urunga 68-44.