Alstonville four beats the heat
AN Alstonville team beat Saturday's 37-degree heat, strong wind and some strong first-round opposition before coming back the next day in kinder conditions to take out the NRDBA champion of club champion fours at East Lismore.
The new fours champions of all the district's clubs are Col Leeson, Garry Ensby, Ashley Blewer and skip Graham Higgins.
In the opening round on Saturday, they faced a struggle right from the first bowl, and it continued until the last delivery.
Up against the Lismore Workers Heights reps ? Bill McMahon, Peter Morrissey, Ray O'Halloran and Bert Pagotto ? the Alstonville four snatched the narrowest of victories 22-21 to win a place in the final.
Even with the last bowl, skip Pagotto had a chance to win the game by drawing the shot. He missed by a centimetre.
In the other preliminary round, the Ballina RSL team of Noel Gregor, Allan Reynolds, Albert Waldron and Alan Miles was no match for Lennox Head's John Moore, Ron Sullivan, Les Chaseling and Barry Harrington.
On Sunday morning in improved weather, Harrington's team fought out the other place in the final with South Lismore's Lloyd Britton, Robert Fredericks, Noel Wilson and Delio Santarossa. The South Lismore four took the one-sided match 29-10.
Alstonville had a substitute lead for the afternoon final against South Lismore. Les Daley took the place of Col Leeson and, after 12 ends, the team had set up a handy 10-4 lead. Then the Southies picked up a three and a one and were well in it at 10-8.
Higgins' team landed a single, then South hit back again, taking the next three ends 1, 1, 2 to trail only 11-14 with three ends to go.
The Alstonville four put the foot down to take all three with 3, 2, 3.
The score of 22-11 did not do justice to the South Lismore challenge.
Championship sponsors were Budget Eyewear and Ray White Real Estate Ballina.