EVANS Head, after carrying all before it in NRDBA No 1 pennants, met its Waterloo in a high-flying Brunswick Heads in the weekend's rain-affected zone finals on Tweed-Byron greens.
Played at Byron Bay, it was a one-game knockout ? Clarence River district has no No 1 grade.
Evans Head led early but was pegged back. The two sides had a large gallery roaring approval as they remained locked together with the scores about even.
The result hinged on the last end. Evans Head held shot and had the title in the bag.
Then Brunswick skip Luke Wade played his last bowl and his side hit the front.
With one bowl left, Evans Head's shot missed and Brunswick for the second successive year had fought back from the brink of defeat to win, this time by 55-52.
Brunswick Heads now will contest the State No 1 finals at The Entrance next month.
Brunswick Heads made it a double when it took the No 4 flag at Byron Bay, after being beaten 59-61 by Yamba then disposing of Lismore Workers Heights 62-45. The result rested on the final match in which Heights downed Yamba 60-54, handing the flag to the Tweed-Byron side on a superior aggregate.
As in the No 1s, the No 2s also was a one-game knockout -? Tweed-Byron has no No 2 grade. In this match, played at Brunswick Heads, Yamba proved too strong for Lismore Workers Heights.
Maclean gave Clarence River district its second flag when it beat Ocean Shores and Lennox Head in the No 3s at Brunswick Heads.
Maclean did it again in the No 5s at Brunswick Heads, easily winning its games against Ocean Shores and Kyogle.
South Lismore took the No 6s at Ocean Shores, beating Cabarita Beach 56-54 then knocking over Maclean. Cabarita Beach earlier had beaten Maclean 59-55.
In the No 7s at Ocean Shores, the NRDBA Pennant Side of the Year, Nimbin, won the flag on aggregate after being beaten 59-58 by Cudgen Leagues. Nimbin earlier had defeated Iluka by 16 shots, and Iluka had downed Cudgen Leagues by 10 shots.
TWEED-Byron veterans will hold their next bowls outing at Cudgen Leagues on Friday, July 15, starting at 1pm. Players are required to attend early to allow draws to be made.
CONDONG'S annual carnival's reverse pairs was won by (skip) G O'Leary, two wins plus 41. Runner-up was I Muldoon, two wins plus 29.
The open pairs went to C Fair, two wins plus 30, from H Jorganson, two wins plus 27. T Houghton, two wins plus 30, won the open triples from M Lehman, two wins plus 25.
Other prizemoney went to well-placed teams and round winners.