Brunswick Heads licking lips
BRUNSWICK Heads will be looking to grab their first win of the season when they host an understrength Condong when the Tweed Byron District Pennant competition resumes on Saturday.
Condong has enjoyed an winning start in the Grade One competition but will be without several of their key players this weekend, opening the way for Brunswick Heads to snatch victory.
Pottsville also will be chasing their first win of the season when they take on the unbeaten Ocean Shores.
The home side is expected to welcome back Kris Lehfeldt but even his presence will not guarantee a win as Pottsville's form has been ordinary while Ocean Shores is full of confidence.
In Grade Two, both Cabarita and Byron Bay were first game losers and will clash at Cabarita with the home side fancied but only because of the home green advantage.
Murwillumbah and Mullumbimby were impressive as they racked up first round wins and will meet at Murwillumbah in a crucial match.
There is very little between these two sides but the home side should start a slight favourite.
There has been a lot of soul-searching in the remaining grades with a number of fancied sides crashing to unexpected first-round defeats but perhaps the week's break has given them the change to re-group.
SOME years ago, two aspiring young junior bowlers arrived on the scene in the Tweed Byron and soon began to make a name for themselves as they won numerous junior championships and more than held their own in the senior ranks.
One went on to make the State junior side while the other went very close.
Peter Martain and Scott Reading eventually came of age and while Reading is still representing at District and Zone level, Martain's work took him away from the Tweed.
Martain has now returned to the Tweed and the duo have again combined to make their presence felt on the local scene.
Martain and Reading have claimed the District Pairs title after downing Murwillumbah's Norm Johnson and Mick McLeod in the final on Sunday.
It would appear there are more wins in store for these two fine young bowlers.
MURWILLUMBAH'S Kevin Kelly and John Ferguson have claimed the District Reserve Pairs championship by defeating Condong's Tom Kennedy and Kevin Lutherborough 26-13 in the final.
Kelly and Fergusson defeated Mike Haines and Dave Whitney to seal their place in the final while Kennedy and Lutherborough overcame Cudgen's Bill Bell and Graham Bishop in the other semi-final.
Meanwhile, the District Senior Pairs competition is set to be decided on Sunday with Murwillumbah's J Felton and R Erickson to take on B McClelland and V Caldwell at Cudgen Leagues from 9am.Felton and Erickson advanced to decider with a 26-16 semi-final win over R Tonkin and J Hay while McClelland and Caldwell beat D Aldridge and J Clark 23-15 in the other semi.
THE District Singles championship will commence Sunday with the Brunswick Heads and Cabarita Beach clubs the venues.
Players should check the drawsheet at their club for their venue and playing time.
Players are also reminded that a losing am player must mark a pm match if required to do so by the controlling body.