Playoff success for Tweed Byron clubs
TWEED Byron had cause to celebrate when the Zone One pennant playoffs were finally completed at the weekend.
The rain-affected matches held over from the previous week were played at the South Lismore Club and there was double delight for the Tweed Byron camp.
Condong claimed the Zone Grade Five flag while the Cudgen Hornets wrapped up the Grade Six title.
Condong beat Lennox Head in their opening match and then returned at the weekend to thump Iluka 81-39 to claim the pennant and earn a place in the State Grade Five Pennant finals to be held at the Ettalong Memorial Club on the Central Coast in August.
In Grade Six, Cudgen, beaten narrowly by Casino RSM last weekend, conjured up the minor miracle they so desperately needed to claim the flag.
The Hornets took on the Brooms Head Club with the knowledge that they had to win by a minimum of 14 shots to snatch the flag from their opponents and they probably played the best they have all season, prevailing 65-45 to seal their place in the State Finals at the Wallsend Club in Newcastle.
Condong and Cudgen join Grade Two winners Murwillumbah as the Tweed Byron representatives in the State Pennant finals.
The other four grades were won by Northern Rivers clubs Ballina (Grade One), East Lismore (Grades Three and Seven) and Alstonville (Grade Four).
For the first time in some years the Clarence River District will not have a representative side in the State Pennant finals.
THE Zone One Johnston-Dignan Shield was contested at the Brunswick Heads Club on Sunday and was dominated by the two Northern Rivers sides, East and West.
Unfortunately, it was a return to the bad old days for Tweed Byron which failed to win a game on the day.
This was particularly disappointing after Tweed Byron's recent good showing in the Compass Shield when the side fell just five shots short of claiming the shield.
Tweed Byron played Northern Rivers West in Sunday's opening round and went down 65-49 with only Richie Northcott's rink claiming a win.
Matters did not improve greatly in round two where Clarence River claimed the match 63-50 despite Kris Lehfeldt and Steve Piggott's rinks recording good wins.
It was all downhill for the Tweed Byron in round three as Northern Rivers East proved too strong, running out 60-44 winners with Tweed Byron unable to come up with any rink wins.
The result was enough to ensure Northern Rivers East was declared winner of the Johnston-Dignan Shield with a final score of 6 points + 41 shots margin while the Northern Rivers West (4+20) finished runners-up.
Clarence River (2-16) was third with Tweed Byron (0-45) bringing up the rear.
NATIONAL stars Karen Murphy, Steve Glasson and Kelvin Kerkow will share their knowledge and provide an insight into their bowling experiences when they take part in a Sponsored Bowls Day at Cabarita Beach Club on Friday, July 10.
The day should be a most enlightening experience and action is set to commence at 9.30am and will include a game of bowls to be followed by an exhibition match featuring Karen, Steve and Kelvin.
A luncheon will be provided and Glasson will act as compere combining stories and interviews with his two fellow guests.
Numbers will be strictly limited to 120 so to avoid disappointment please phone co-ordinator Ray Anderson on 02 6676 2951 or 02 6676 2353 and register your name as soon as possible.