Northern Star

Tweed three carry our finals hopes

THIS weekend will see the NSW State Pennant finals being played out at various venue clubs around the State and it is the ultimate aim of all clubs to make the finals.

Three Tweed Byron clubs have made the grade this year and are currently on course to their various destinations.

Murwillumbah will be appearing in Grade 2, which will be held in Sydney at the Northmead and Toongabbie clubs, with the local side based at Northmead.

The side will have to overcome other clubs in its section, namely Taren Point, Guilford and Gunnedah Services, in order to progress to the semi finals.

It is expected that Taren Point could prove to be the biggest hurdle for Murwillumbah to negotiate in its efforts to make the semi finals but there are no easy games at this level

Condong will make the trek to Central Coast club, The Entrance, and in its section.

The host club which will be a tough nut to crack as well as Kensington and Gordon.

While the two metropolitan clubs are an unknown quantity, they are sure to provide strong opposition, however it is expected Condong should be capable of giving a good account of itself.

Following a long drought of well over 20 years, the Cudgen Hornets will be making an appearance in the finals for the second year in a row.

Last year, the Hornets made the semi finals in Grade 7 at Parkes which was a great experience for them and should hold them in good stead for this year's event when take part in the Grade 6 series at the Wallsend club in Newcastle.

Metropolitan club, Greenlees Park, could be the biggest obstacle for the Hornets but they will not want to under estimate the country clubs, Glen Innes and Canowindra, which are also in their section.

If the Hornets can manage to make into the semi finals it is feasible they could run into their conquerer from last year, the Illawarra club Windang, which is in the next section.

The District's best wishes go to the three clubs which will endeavour to emulate the feat of Ocean Shores, which remains the only Tweed Byron club to win a state flag some years ago.

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  • DISTRICT clubs and players are reminded entries for the District Champion of Club Champions Singles and Pairs championships will be closing soon (August 10) and late entries will not be accepted as at least one of these events are scheduled to commence on August 22.

It is disappointing only 4 clubs have so far nominated their Major Singles and Pairs winners for this State event and any clubs that have not yet completed their events should do so quickly so their club champions are able to nominate if they so desire.

At this point in time it is intended the Singles will be held at Pottsville while the Pairs are scheduled to be conducted at Murwillumbah.

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  • THE Cudgen Leagues BC held its 'Hornets 1000' Triples tournament last Saturday and reported it was a resounding success and every indication is that it will be held again next year.

The overall winner's major share of the prize money went to a local combination of Gary Tobin, Norm Bradbrook and Trevor King.

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  • THE Burringbar Club has advised it will be holding its annual 'Mate's Day' on Saturday, August 15 commencing at 12.30pm.

There will be cash prizes on offer and entries will close on August 12. To enter please phone Richard Grob on 026676 4808 or K.G. Philip on 02 6677 1584.

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