Finals time for pairs

WEST Coffs and Park Beach teams will go head-to-head in the final of the Mid North Coast district open pairs.

Rod Hiscock and skipper Stuart Hartigan will line up against Mark Menzies and Cory Daley at West Coffs on Sunday from 9.00am.

After his elimination from the open singles and open triples competition this year, Daley will be looking to atone with a district pairs' crown.

Daley and Menzies reached the final after defeating clubmates from Park Beach in matches at West Coffs last weekend.

They narrowly beat Alan Watkins and Don Wood 21-19 before downing Phil Toy and Alan Carver in a tight semi-final 18-15.

Stuart Hartigan reached the final after beating Ken Rostron and Geoff Beattie (Nambucca Heads) 24-10 in the quarter-finals and then the young West Coffs duo of Martin and Shaun Wilson in the semi-finals 26-12.

Two Park Beach teams will feature in the final of the senior pairs at Park Beach on Sunday morning.

Wayne Rowbottom and Col Pritchard survived a tough semi-final eliminating Denis Scott and Noel Stahlhut from Sawtell 15-12 while Peter Woodsell and Laurie Morris were comfortable winners over club-mates Ron Sprudd and Ron Fenton 29-7.

Local knowledge obviously proved an advantage for Bellingen's Barry Waters and Steve Glyde who take on the Coffs Ex-Services duo of Howard Thew and Peter Hocker in the reserve pairs final at Bellingen on Sunday.

The junior pairs competition has already been decided and congratulations go to Urunga's rising star Corey Wedlock who won his second district title for the year when he teamed with Josh Forbes to defeat the composite pair Daniel Gilmore (Nambucca Heads) and Josh McMaster (Park Beach) 22-15 in the final at Park Beach.

Sawtell will host the rounds of the district fours which start on Sunday, March 22.

Two rounds have been played in the district pennants competition as clubs stake their claim for district, zone and possibly State pennants in 2009.

Park Beach have the number one pennant at their mercy after beating Sawtell 5 1/2-1/2 and 6-0 in the opening two rounds with only two more rounds remaining.

Coffs Ex-Services have the upper hand in the northern division of grade two after 5-1 wins over their two major rivals, Park Beach and Woolgoolga while in the southern section, three teams are equal leaders on six points.

Sawtell and Park Beach head their grade four divisions after two rounds while Urunga have an early advantage over their rivals in grade five.

Stuarts Point and West Coffs are the pacesetters in their grade six divisions while Sawtell are the leaders in grade seven despite suffering a 5-1 loss on Saturday.


Pointscore after two rounds

Grade 1: Park Beach 11, Sawtell .5.

Grade 2 (1): Coffs Ex-Services 10, Park Beach 7, Woolgoolga 6, Sawtell 1.

Grade 2 (2): Scotts Head 6, Stuarts Point 6, Nambucca Heads 6, Urunga 6.

Grade 3: Park Beach 11, Coffs Ex-Services 11, West Coffs 11, Urunga 2, Macksville 1, Woolgoolga 0.

Grade 4 (1): Park Beach 9, West Coffs 7, Coffs Ex-Services 6, Woolgoolga 2.

Grade 4 (2): Sawtell 7, Nambucca Heads 6, Bowraville 0.

Grade 5: Urunga 10.5, Sawtell 7, Coffs Ex-Services 6, Bellingen 5.5, West Coffs 4.5, Park Beach 2.5.

Grade 6 (1): Stuarts Point 12, North Beach 5, Nambucca Heads 5, Bowraville 1, Bellingen 1.

Grade 6 (2): West Coffs 11, Park Beach 7, Nambucca Heads 6, Sawtell 0, Coffs Ex-Services 0.

Grade 7: Sawtell 7, Woolgoolga 6.5, Macksville 5.5, Park Beach 5, Urunga 0.

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