Fans miss out on showdown

THE recent inclement weather certainly created havoc with the District Calendar last weekend, when round three of the Grade One pennants had to be cancelled due to the incessant rain.

The much anticipated clash between the two unbeaten sides Condong and Ocean Shores did not eventuate and so many questions will remain unanswered until their next clash later in the season.

All Grade One players are advised that the postponed round has now been put back to the end of the competition and will be played only if required and the results can affect the final positions of the sides.

Due to the Easter holiday weekend, round four will be played on April 18 when the competition will revert back to a 'home and away' basis.

The remaining Grades 2 to 7 will commence their season on this date also and all club selectors should be aware of the RNSWBA'S Conditions of Play in relation to the elevation and relegation of players in particular the latter where only four players are permitted to be regressed down one grade or to the next lowest grade in which their club is competing.

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  • MURWILLUMBAH will be appearing in Grade 2 having been relegated this season and will be keen to claim the flag and return to the top grade, but its cause has not been helped by an exodus of players and so could face an uphill battle.

However, this may well open the door for Cabarita which has picked up several new players who should strengthen the side while newly promoted Mullumbimby will welcome back Rick Barnes and going on last year's form will certainly pose a threat for the flag.

Byron Bay remains an unknown quantity and the loss of champion Mike Anderson to Ballina will create a huge void for the club's selectors to fill.

Condong will find Grade 3 much more to its liking after being relegated and may well prove to be a handful for the opposition while Ocean Shores as always should be competitive in this Grade.

The promoted side, Pottsville, may provide the strongest opposition once it settles down but Murwillumbah could feel the pinch as it is expected that several players could be promoted to fill vacancies in the higher grade.

The remaining grade's sides' prospects will be covered in next week's column.

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  • THE rain and sodden greens also forced Rounds 3 and 4 of the District Pairs to be postponed last Sunday and play will now resume on Sunday, April 19 at the Condong club with play to commence at 9am.

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  • THE Senior (Over 60's) Pairs championship also failed to get under way due to the weather and will now commence on Sunday, April 19 at the Cudgen Leagues BC as will the Reserve Pairs at the Mullumbimby BC on the same date with play scheduled to commence at 9am at both venues.

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  • THE officials at several local clubs will be keeping their fingers crossed that the weather is on its best behaviour for the Easter break as the Cabarita Beach, Murwillumbah and Brunswick Heads clubs all have tournaments scheduled to be held over Easter and continuing wet weather would certainly place these events in jeopardy and ultimately cost the clubs much needed revenue.



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