Park Beach wrap up District crown
PARK Beach defied a strong challenge from Urunga to take out the District Fours lawn bowls final played at Coffs Ex-Services on Sunday.
Laurie Morris skipped his side of Neil Williams (lead), John Bennett (second) and Phil Toy (third) to a 22-17 win over a gallant Urunga side comprising Brett and Chris McDonnell, Chris Forbes and B Sinnott.
Morris and his teammates sealed their place in the final with wins over teams skipped by Ian Weldon (Sawtell), Stuart Hartigan (West Coffs) and Geoff Beattie (Nambucca Heads).
Woolgoolga will host the District Open Pairs competition with rounds one and two set to be played on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the battle for District flags is hotting up with the 2011 Mid North Coast Pennants season having reached the halfway point.
Competition across all grades has been intense with plenty of surprise results.
West Coffs caused the major shock of the fifth round in the combined Grade 1-2 competition.
After a number of heartbreaking results where the overall margin was only decided by a handful of shots, West Coffs finally had a close result go their way when they downed top guns Park Beach (1) 4-2.
Park Beach (1) had the misfortune of winning two rinks only to be beaten decisively on the other rink.
After their comprehensive loss to Park Beach (1) in the previous round, Sawtell vented their frustrations with a crushing 6-0 win over Uranga. The overall margin was a mammoth 53 shots.
Sawtell are now set for a battle with Park Beach (2) for the number two pennant after Park Beach scored a 5-1 win over Coffs Ex-Services.
In Grade 3, Nambucca, who enjoyed the bye at the weekend, lead at the halfway mark with 17 points.
Park Beach are second after notching a 4-2 win over Woolgoolga while West Coffs were eight-shot winners over bottom team Sawtell in the other match.
Two wins on the trot has propelled Sawtell to top position in Grade 4, their latest success a 13-shot win over Coffs Ex-Services.
Nambucca Heads are breathing down their necks after a 5-1 win over Woolgoolga while Scotts Head continued their winning run, accounting for Urunga 5.5-0.5.
In Grade 5 Macksville and Bellingen top the two sections while in Grade 6 Coffs Ex-Services lead over Park Beach.
Nambucca Heads consolidated their position at the top of the Grade 7 points table, extending their lead to seven after a 6-0 win over Woolgoolga.