RIC BARNES provided tough competition for Rod Burgess.Picture: CATHY ADAMS
RIC BARNES provided tough competition for Rod Burgess.Picture: CATHY ADAMS

Brotherly rivalry set for championship

IF BROTHERS Neil and Rod Burgess win their morning matches at South Lismore on Sunday week, they will play each other in the afternoon final of the NRDBA District Singles championship, a brotherly first for this event.

Both still have tough hurdles to overcome in the semi-finals. Neil (Lennox Head) will be up against Richard Latta (Casino RSM), and Rod will face East Lismore clubmate Daniel Foster, the surprise packet of the championship, who ousted top performer John Lang (Evans Head) by a resounding 31-22 in last Sunday's third round at Lennox Head, then followed it up in the afternoon quarter-finals by downing East Lismore clubmate Neil Harding even more convincingly, 31-20.

Also at Lennox Head, favourites Neil Burgess and David Ball (Casino RSM) met in a match that proved to be worthy of a final. Ball led 25-22 before defending champion Burgess turned the screws and allowed Ball only two shots while he picked up 10 to win 31-27.

At South Lismore, Richard Latta made it into the semis with a 31-26 win over East Lismore's Gary Thompson who had played an absolute beauty in the third round to down Delio Santarossa (South Lismore) 31-25.

Rod Burgess scraped into the semi-finals with a 31-30 win over Ric Barnes (Lennox Head) after Tweed-Byron import Barnes had edged out Casino RSM's Brian Nixon by the same skinny score in the third round.

The semi-finals of the district open singles, reserve singles and senior singles will be at South Lismore on Sunday week. The week's delay is because of the interdistrict Compass Trophy matches at South Lismore this Sunday.

CLARENCE River and Tweed-Byron sides for Sundays Compass Trophy (Northern Rivers sides have been published): Clarence River: E Cochrane, A Abbott, B Ashbrooke, R Miller, G Wood, D Starr, B Lee, P Foster, L Thompson, G Donsworth, G Campbell, T Scott, G Maxted, K Garner, A Holland, R Madden.

Tweed-Byron, Leads: C Johnson, S Lumsden, R Allen, L Shepherd. Seconds: M Petrou, T Gray, R Scott, S Reading. Thirds: R Northcott, T Makin, L Wade, R Erickson. Skips: A Boston, M Anderson, K Lehfeldt, P Griffiths.

BALLINA RSL has a $5100 Classic Two-Bowl Triples on Monday-Tuesday May 7-8. Prizemoney for first is $1500 and the booty goes as far down as eighth in decreasing amounts. The prize list also includes $100 a team for round winners. Further details from secretary Michael Gray 6686 0463.

WITH the Northern Rivers pennant season at the half-way mark, a mere 1.5 points separate the top three sides: Casino RSM 21, Evans Head 20, East Lismore 19.5. It is the closest No 1 competition in years.

East Lismore was leading the field until last Saturday's fifth round when it was nudged out 62-59 by title defender Evans Head but, despite the closeness of the result, gave away five points to one.

Casino RSM, fourth the previous week, gave South Lismore (II) an 80-46 hiding for six points that took the Casino side to the top of the tree. The loss means South Lismore (II), in second spot after the first four rounds, now has tumbled to fourth, though on 16.5 points and well within grabbing reach of the leaders.

Ballina scored a sixer in its 20-shot win over South Lismore (I). The win gives the seasiders 12 points on the table while the hapless Southies languish at the bottom on two, having scored single points in just two of the five rounds.

Table: Casino RSM 21, Evans Head 20, East Lismore 19.5, South Lismore (II) 16.5, Ballina 12, South Lismore (I) 2.

Tomorrow's sixth round, in which Casino RSM will play East Lismore at Casino, will be an indicator of how the season is likely to pan out. In other games tomorrow, Evans Head will be up against Ballina at Evans Head and the two South Lismore sides will meet.

In the No 2s, Lennox Head has a 4.5 points lead over Alstonville, with Lismore City 4.5 points behind in third place.

Pennants and other district events are sponsored by the Lismore Workers Club.

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