Hosting State?s best
By Jim Brigginshaw
SIXTEEN NSW zones have representative teams in Ballina for the State Interzone championships which start today.
They are made up of 256 of the State's best bowlers.
Play will be at the two Ballina clubs ? Ballina and Ballina RSL.
Preliminary rounds will be played at both clubs today and tomorrow and the semi-finals and final will be at Ballina club on Sunday.
Zone One has a strong side of 16 players selected from clubs from the Tweed to Grafton.
Some of the Sydney zones include the best of the State Premier League, among them current State team members.
The interzone championship is usually held in Sydney and sides from that area have had a mortgage on it.
This is the first time it has been held on the Far North Coast and it remains to be seen whether home green advantage will play a part in the result.
State vice-president Ian McKnight says one of the criteria for selection in the NSW squad is that to be eligible players must compete in this event in front of the State selectors.
"This should ensure there are three days of great action on the Ballina greens," McKnight said. "It's a chance to see all the current and future stars in full cry."