Clarence powers to win Shield
NOT only did Clarence River take out the Johnston-Dignan Shield at Ballina on Sunday for the first time since 2003, it rubbed it in by landing one of those rare things, an eight-pin.
The team of Alan Parker, Bruce Lee, Bruce Ashbrooke, Noel Morrison scored all eight shots on an end against the hot Northern Rivers East combo of Ken Clarke, Rob Reid, Josh Greenhalgh, Ray Latta.
And Clarence River didn't give anyone else a look-in – it took the Shield with four points plus 32, from Tweed-Byron, four points plus 16.
The two Northern Rivers sides, usually to the fore in these comps, were also-rans, neither finishing with a plus tally.
East was third with two points, minus four.
West came stone motherless with a meagre two points and a mammoth minus 44.
In the first round, Clarence knocked over NRDBA East 59-48, went down in the second to Tweed 54-63, then annihilated West 76-46 in the third outing.
Before its second round success, Tweed-Byron thumped West 62-45 in the first, but failed again in the third, going down 50-60 to East.
East followed up its first round loss, by going down 47-50 to fellow district side West in Round 2, then had its third round win over Tweed-Byron.
West avoided a complete red face by its only success of the match, the three-shot win over East.