West Coffs home in a thriller

AGONY and ecstasy merged into one when West Coffs posted a thrilling one shot win over Sawtell in the MNC District Bowling Association men’s pennants bowls competition at Sawtell on Saturday.

Round two in the combined grade one and two competition for 2010 pitted two grade two sides together who had both accounted for grade one opposition in the first round.

Winners of the Zone 14 title last year and State grade three representatives, West Coffs sounded a warning with a 5-1 win over the highly rated Park Beach grade one side while Sawtell had accounted for Coffs Ex-Services by the same margin.

In a match where the scores fluctuated throughout, West Coffs eventually secured a thrilling win 53 shots to 52 for a 4.5-1.5 result in front of an enthusiastic audience.

Stuart Hartigan led his side to a 16-14 win over Graeme Purvis, Greg Cridge had a one-shot while Alan McFayden and Andrew Campbell drew 17-all.

In other grade one and two matches, Park Beach (1) bounced back with a 6-0 win over Stuarts Point (92-37) while Park Beach (2) continued the misery for Coffs Ex-Services with a 5-1 (61-57) victory.

Urunga have stolen a march on their rivals in the battle for the number three pennant and they now lead on 11 points after a 6-0 11-shot win over Sawtell.

In grade four, the three winners from round one were all beaten in round two leaving only two points separating the top and bottom teams Urunga on seven and Macksville on five.

Bowraville led grade six after a 6-0 win over Park Beach and in grade seven, Stuarts Point and Sawtell are leading their respective divisions after two rounds.

Congratulations go to Cameron Wills from West Coffs who is the 2010 Mid North Coast district junior singles champion following his 31-27 win over Nambucca’s Daniel Gilmore in the final at Sawtell on Sunday.

For Wills it was a weekend of double celebration as he also played in the West Coffs pennant team which defeated Sawtell on Saturday.

Earlier, Wills had eliminated Urunga’s Josh Shearim in the semi-finals while Gilmore defeated defending champion Corey Wedlock from Urunga in his semi-final.

The field is down to four in the reserve, senior and open singles competitions where semi-finals and finals will be played at various North Coast venues on Sunday.

In the open singles semi-finals at Woolgoolga Alan Carver takes on H Aladadjian from Scotts Head while Cory Daley meets Park Beach club-mate Phil Toy.

Senior singles semi-finals at Woolgoolga are Paul Parramore from Sawtell taking on Don Wood from Park Beach while Tom Kelly takes on Garry Banks.

Reserve singles are set down for Urunga with E Hunter taking on Chris Habgood and M Jenkins playing M Dyke.

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