Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Can East Lismore Keep It Up?

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Can East Lismore Keep It Up?

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Byline: BOWLS jimbrigg@optusnet.com.au

PRE-SEASON favourites Ballina and Evans Head at the halfway mark of pennants started the long and difficult climb into contention for this year's top flag.

Both won their fifth-round matches but Evans Head remains last of the six sides, and Ballina fourth.

East Lismore is still on top, although it could manage only 1.5 points from a 63-51 loss to Casino RSM. East now has only a 2.5-point lead over the Casino side, which has jumped up into second, displacing South Lismore.

Southies lost their early prominence on the table when they went down 67-48 (5-1) to Evans Head.

It was Evans Head's first win of the season, desperately disappointing for a side widely tipped to take the No1 flag. Its five-round scorecard now reads 2, 1, 1, 0.5, 5.

The five points weren't enough to lift Evans Head off the bottom of the table, where the side languishes with just 9.5 points, compared with leader Easts' 19.5.

Lennox Head has fallen to second-bottom though it fought to the death against Ballina to go down by a lone point, 58-57.

But the closeness of the overall result was no indication of the points Co 1.5 to 4.5. It was an improved result for both seaside clubs and gives supporters hope they are on the comeback trail.

Progressive points: East Lismore 19.5, Casino RSM 17, South Lismore 15.5, Ballina 15.5, Lennox Head 13, Evans Head 9.5.

In other grades, Alstonville appears to have the No2 title sewn up. Undefeated in five rounds, the Redlegs have 25.5 points. Second-placed Evans Head, with two wins, has 15 points.

Leaders in other grades Co

No3: Workers Heights 18.5, Alstonville 18.

No4: East Lismore 17.5, Ballina RSL 15.

No5: Workers Heights 20, Ballina RSL 19.5.

No6: Workers Heights 21.5, Alstonville 18.5.

No7A: Kyogle 19, Lismore Workers Heights 17.

No7B: Coraki 24, Ballina 19.

Not over yet

THE pundits are wary about nominating this season's pennant results with five of the 10 rounds completed. …

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