Some of FNC's best bowlers in Zone One team
SELECTORS are confident this year's Zone One side is capable of giving their state rivals a long-awaited run for their money.
The 12-man squad will line up alongside opponents from across New South Wales at the State Seniors Interzone Sides Championship in Ballina next month.
Some of the FNC's most experienced campaigners have been included in the squad which will take on sides from the state's regional and metropolitan areas.
John Rae, chairman of the Zone's selectors, said his side could not be discounted.
"Over the years we have not gone too well but I think this year we have a bit of a chance," he said. "We have players who have competed at championship level and done well.
"When you come up against these Sydney sides it is pretty hard but I think we can pull off a good result."
Zones from across the state will take part in the event which will feature Fours matches.
Zone One selectors initially picked a 30-man squad before whittling the party down to the elite dozen.
Teams have been split into groups, with qualification for the event's later knockout stages the first goal.
Zones Four, Seven and 11 stand in the way of the north coast team, which features players from the Clarence, Northern Rivers and Tweed-Byron areas.
Rae said he was expecting a tough battle with Zone 11, which is a Sydney central side.
"They should be a useful side," he said.
"Being at home will help us (though) and I think we have a stronger side than usual this year.
"I think we will go well."
The tournament runs from May 21-23. Matches will be held at the Ballina Cherry St and Ballina RSL clubs.
- Gary Simon (Ballina)
- Viv Ross (Ballina)
- Doug Starr (Maclean)
- Ron McWaters (Grafton)
- Terry McFadden (Lennox Head)
- Ted Butler (Evans Head)
- Rod Burgess (East Lismore)
- Bill Cooper (Evans Head)
- Ray Kirkland (Casino RSM)
- Laurie Freeman (Cabarita Beach)
- Graham Meanie( Yamba)
- John Turner (Cabarita Beach)
- Brian Turner (Kingscliff)
- Terry Knudson (South Lismore)
- Manager: Bill James (Grafton)