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Pennant players in playoffs

THE District pennant season was completed earlier this month but it remains a hectic time for the Grade winners who are busy preparing for the Zone One pennant playoffs which will be staged in Lismore this weekend.

The Tweed Byron champions will tackle their counterparts from the Northern Rivers and Clarence River districts with the winners earning a place in the State Pennant finals to be held around the State in August.

Tweed Byron District Grade One winner Condong needs to win only one game to advance to the state finals with no Clarence River club contesting the grade.

Condong will play Ballina at East Lismore on Sunday from 1pm.

In Grade Two, Tweed Byron champion Murwillumbah will tackle Ballina at the East Lismore club on Saturday afternoon.

The winner will progress to the final, to be played on Sunday at 1pm, while the loser will play Yamba on Sunday morning.

In Grade Three, Murwillumbah will play East Lismore on Saturday afternoon at Lismore Heights with the winner advancing to the final while the loser will play Yamba on Sunday morning.

In Grade Four, Brunswick Heads has the bye on the Saturday and will play the loser of the Alstonville versus Grafton Services clash on Sunday morning at Lismore Heights.

In Grade Five, Condong also has the Saturday bye before taking on either Lennox Head or Iluka at South Lismore on Sunday morning.

It is a similar story in Grade Six where the Cudgen Hornets have a bye on Saturday while Casino RSM and Brooms Head meet.

Cudgen will play the loser of that match on Sunday morning before playing the Saturday's winner in the afternoon.

In Grade Seven, Pottsville has received the bye on Saturday while East Lismore will take on Yamba. The loser will face Pottsville on Sunday morning while the winner awaits in the afternoon match.

All the Sunday afternoon games will more or less be finals as the Zone winners will not be known until the completion of all those matches with the winners earning a spot in the State finals.

This format has been designed to add more interest in the playoffs, particularly the Sunday games, as in the past many of these matches were virtual dead rubbers.

THE RNSWBA Senior Inter-Zone Sides Championship will be held at Coffs Harbour from July 7-9 and Zone One will again contest the series after making the semi-finals last year.

Congratulations to Tweed Byron players Mike Bambery (Murwillumbah), Laurie Freeman (Cabarita), Jim Clark (Byron Bay) and Ron Erickson (Murwillumbah) who have been named in the Zone side to contest the State event.

Well done also to Cabarita's Abdul Latin, Steve Piggott, Rod Wilson and Kris Lehfeldt (all Pottsville) who were selected in the Zone side to contest the Border Shield against Gold Coast District at Pottsville.

THE Burringbar Club will hold its annual “International Day”, a men's fours event, on Saturday from 9am.

Organisers are aware that event coincides with the Zone pennant playoffs but it is hoped that bowlers will rally to support the small club.

There is prize money on offer and to add some spice to the day the dress rules are international team dress or whites.

Enquiries contact Steve Robson on (02) 6677 1003 or KG Philip on (02) 6677 1584

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