Lawn bowls pennants heating up
THE battle for Mid North Coast district men’s lawn bowls pennants is delicately poised as teams go into the break over Easter, which marks the halfway point of the competition.
Sawtell took a giant step towards the grade two pennant with a comprehensive 6-0 (77 shots to 50) win over Park Beach 2 at Sawtell Bowling Club on Saturday.
In a real surprise, West Coffs failed to come to grips with the lightning quick greens as they tumbled to a 6-0 (75-48) loss at Stuarts Point, while in a match which came down to the last bowl, Coffs Ex-Services accounted for Park Beach 4-2 (65-63).
Urunga continue to dominate the grade three competition, downing Woolgoolga 5-1 despite fielding an understrength team.
Park Beach stayed in touch with a 5-1 win over Sawtell while Nambucca Heads crushed Scotts Head 6-0.
Grade four is an extremely tight competition, with one point separating Coffs Ex-Services (18) from Woolgoolga and Macksville (17) after five rounds.
Macksville lost the competition lead when they were beaten 5-1 at Coffs Ex-Services, Woolgoolga beat Park Beach 6-0 and Urunga defeated Sawtell 5.5-.5.
Woolgoolga’s 5-1 win over Nambucca Heads gives them top spot in grade five, while Bowraville’s lead in grade six was cut back after their 5-1 loss to Sawtell, who are now back in contention only three points off the top.
West Coffs and Nambucca Heads are also well placed in what is an extremely competitive division.
A 5-1 win for Sawtell has given them an eight point lead over West Coffs in the northern grade seven division, while Nambucca Heads lead the southern division.
Pennants competition will resume on Saturday, April 10.
MNC Pennants after round 5
Grade 1-2: Park Beach (1) 19, Sawtell 18.5, Coffs Ex-Services 15.5, West Coffs 15.5, Park Beach (2) 12.5, Stuarts Point 9.
Grade 3: Urunga 26, Park Beach 21.5, Nambucca Heads 12.5, Sawtell 11, Woolgoolga 10, Scotts Head 9.
Grade 4: Coffs Ex-Services 18, Woolgoolga 17.5, Macksville 17, Urunga 12.5, Park Beach 12.5, Sawtell 12.5.
Grade 5: Woolgoolga 21.5, West Coffs 19.5, Nambucca Heads 18.5, Urunga 12, Bellingen 10.5, Park Beach 2.
Grade 6: Bowraville 20.5, Coffs Ex-Services 18.5, Nambucca Heads 18, Sawtell 17.5, North Beach 13.5, Park Beach 2.
Grade 7 (1): Nambucca Heads 17.5, Stuarts Point 15.5, Bowraville 13, Urunga 8, Macksville 8.
Grade 7 (2): Sawtell 21, West Coffs 13, Coffs Ex-Services 12, Woolgoolga 8, Bellingen 6.