Neville Rowlands in action for Casino RSM in a No 1 pennants match against East Lismore this season.
Neville Rowlands in action for Casino RSM in a No 1 pennants match against East Lismore this season. The Northern Star

Casino RSM No 1s all but over the line

CASINO RSM are in the box seat to claim their second consecutive Northern Rivers District bowls No 1 pennant after defeating Lennox Head 76 (5) to 66 (1) on Saturday.

Rink wins to Brenden Frame and Gary Burt proved decisive after Darren Kemp claimed the solitary point for the seasiders in the final-round encounter.

The win keeps Casino six points clear of second-placed Evans Head, which claimed a 56 (5) to 47 (1) win over East Lismore.

While Evans have a washed-out match in hand against Lennox Head, a decision will be made today as to whether it goes ahead; Casino's aggregate is believed to be far superior to that of Evans.

Casino celebrated the win with a few quiet drinks on Saturday night.

"But now we have to sweat it out for the last match," RSM player Bob Ellis joked.

Meanwhile, Ballina spanked South Lismore 85 (6) to 42 (0) to save themselves from relegation.

The win moves the seasiders 0.5 of a point ahead of Souths on the ladder and Ballina has a washed-out match in hand.

It means Souths finish last and will be relegated, but their No 2 team easily won their division so South Lismore will have a team in the top division next season.

For Ballina Bowling Club co-ordinator and pennants skip Tony Scott, Ballina's final win was important.

"We had a tough year and we lost a few games by one or two or three," he said. "We had blokes pulling out with illness and different things.

"But at least we pulled through. We'll be looking for bigger and better things next year."

Scott, who was playing in his first Northern Rivers pennants season after shifting from Newcastle, thought the local standard was pretty good.

"It's an enjoyable competition and the greens are fantastic," he said. "The games are played in a good spirit."
No 1

EVANS HEAD 56 (5) d EAST LISMORE 47 (1): J Lang 14 lost to T Cheli 20; J Everingham 18 d R Burgess 17; B Cooper 24 d R Pollack 10.

CASINO RSM 76 (5) d LENNOX HEAD 66 (1): B Frame 25 d J Greenhalgh 24; R Latta 23 lost to D Kemp 29; G Burt 28 d D Tancred 13.

BALLINA 84 (6) d SOUTH LISMORE 42 (0): T Scott 19 d G Stewart 13; V Ross 31 d W Morris 13; A Boston 34 d J Weismantel 16.

Pointscore: Casino RSM 40, Evans Head 34, Lennox Head 26.5, East Lismore 24, Ballina 22, South Lismore 21.5.

No 2

SOUTH LISMORE 66 (5) d BALLINA 46 (1): G Cole G Chidgey R Matthews J Nicholls 20 d K McLeod P Miles M Holten R McNamara 11; J Scholten P Sivewright G Nicholls R Hellyar 26 d T McFadden R Tepper W Sterland K Miles 14; T Turcato J Mills W Fredericks W Cowan 20 lost to J Fitzerald A Garcia M Miles L McMillan 21.

LISMORE CITY 57 (5) d LISMORE WORKERS HEIGHTS 56 (1): G Haynes, R Johnson, G Back, R Britt 14 lost to M Collins, S Arnison, T Clarke, M Harris 25; R Shackel, P Carter, R James, P Corcoran 20 d L Cheli, N Miller, O Dardengo, J Donadel 13; B Beddoes, R Bradford, C Munn, I Bird 23 d G Newell, D Jones, J Durheim, J Helmood 18.

ALSTONVILLE 70 (5) d LENNOX HEAD 49 (1): G Smith K Troy G Scotcher R Pattrick 13 lost to G Bowen M Daley P Blair G Maloney 24; R Keefer D Newton S Lovell I Locke 29 d E Burgess R Bowen B Malcolm K McGuire 9; A Colligan R McCabe I Hill G Higgins 28 d P Wilson L Chaseling C Skennar C Ulrick 16.

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