Battle for district pennants

Holding shot: The third puts the tape over the winning bowls in a recent pennants game.
Holding shot: The third puts the tape over the winning bowls in a recent pennants game.

THE battle for Mid North Coast men’s bowls district pennants will go right down to the wire with four of the seven grades to be decided in the final round on Saturday.

Park Beach (grade one), Urunga (grade three) and Woolgoolga (grade four) have already won their district pennants accumulating enough points from their nine matches.

Grade two is down to a battle between Sawtell and West Coffs after some exciting clashes in round nine.

In what was one of the tightest battles ever seen in pennant competition, Sawtell and Park Beach shared the points 3-all after a one-shot rink win each, a drawn rink and a draw on the master board.

West Coffs were also involved in a tough battle with Park Beach (2) where they went down 67-65 and a 4-2 loss overall.

Sawtell must now beat Park Beach (2) by at least 5-1 on Saturday to seal the district pennant while West Coffs need a 6-0 result at home to Stuarts Point in the last round and rely on Park Beach to beat Sawtell if they are to take the pennant.

Stuarts Point won the other game of the round 4-2 over Coffs Ex-Services by five shots.

Urunga took their tally to an impressive 45.5 in grade three after dominating Scotts Head 6-0 with a 51-shot win while Park Beach and Woolgoolga also collected 6-0 wins.

Woolgoolga wrapped up the grade four district pennant after a 5-1 win over Sawtell gave them a seven-point advantage over Coffs Ex-Services.

Nambucca and Woolgoolga are the contenders in grade five separated by only one point.

Woolgoolga left the door open when they were beaten 5-1 by Urunga and Nambucca took full advantage with a 6-0 win over West Coffs.

Nambucca go into the final round of the grade six competition with a one-and-a-half-point lead over Bowraville after both sides won 5-1 in their round nine matches.

Both grade seven sections are delicately poised going into the final round.

In grade seven one, Nambucca, Bowraville and Stuarts Point are all still in with a chance while grade seven two will be decided when West Coffs travel to Sawtell trying to cut down a two-and-a-half-point lead.

Winners of the northern and southern grade seven sections will meet to decide the pennant.

The district triples title or 2010 was decided at Sawtell on Sunday with Neil Davidson, Paul Bartholomew and Greg Cridge downing their Sawtell club mates P T Clarke, Ian Weldon and Graeme Purvis in the final.