Battle of bowls

SAWTELL and West Coffs go head to head in the battle for the Mid North Coast district grade four bowls pennant at Park Beach on Saturday.

Due to seven entries, grade four was split into two divisions this year with Sawtell and West Coffs winning their sections comfortably.

Sawtell finished their preliminary rounds with three wins and a draw while West Coffs held an impressive 10-point margin over their nearest rivals Coffs Ex-Services.

West Coffs go into the game as the club's second strongest team behind their well performed grade-three clubmates while for Sawtell, grade four is the club's third ranked side behind the number ones and twos.

On a neutral venue this should be an even tussle with the winners going on to the zone final later this year.

With a washed out round and the Easter break, teams will be anxious to reignite their district pennant campaigns.

In grade two, Coffs Ex-Services are waiting in the wings for their sectional opponent in the district final while in the other section Stuarts Point and Urunga are the leading contenders with one round remaining.

There are still five weeks remaining in grades three, five, six and seven.

West Coffs hold a five-point lead in grade three going into Saturday's round while Urunga enjoy a seven-point lead in grade five at the halfway mark.

In southern grade six, North Beach and Stuarts Point are locked together on 19 points while the northern division is headed by West Coffs.

Park Beach would have to suffer a big form slump to be beaten in the grade seven competition holding a commanding 10-point lead over Sawtell.

The district match committee has rescheduled the washed-out round until Sunday, May 17, however matches will only be played in they have a bearing on who will win the district pennant.

District fours resume with the quarter-finals and semi-finals at Sawtell on Sunday with the final scheduled for Sunday, April 26, from 9am.

Club pairs semi-finals will be played at Sawtell on Saturday from 1pm with the major singles starting on Sunday.

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