Two up for Ballina?
DOWN Cherry Street way they’re dusting off the trophy cabinet for Ballina’s second No 1 pennant in two seasons. And after a drought of the major flag since 1984, two in a row is some effort!
With two of the 10 rounds to go, the club hasn’t exactly got its hands on this year’s coveted piece of rag yet, but the only side with a slim chance of catching it, Lennox Head, fell by the wayside last Saturday.
What looked like a challenge from Ballina’s coastal neighbour ended when Lennox Head was whipped six points to nothing by Casino RSM.
Lennox Head remains in second spot on the table on 29.5 points but now is 11.5 points behind Ballina with just a total 12 points on offer in the last two rounds.
If Ballina doesn’t score a point in the final two rounds and Lennox Head takes the maximum, Lennox would win by half a point.
But that’s about as likely as a politician knocking back a free lunch.
You can scratch the other four clubs – they’re out of the race.
In last Saturday’s round, Ballina picked up five points off a struggling South Lismore which, after winning its first game of the season 4-2 against Casino RSM, has been able to score only a total nine points in the eight rounds, and is set for the wooden spoon.
East Lismore climbed clear of the dreaded bottom of the ladder and showed where’s-it-been form by knocking over Evans Head five points to one.
In this Saturday’s second-last round, Ballina won’t find it easy going against Casino RSM on Casino greens.
In other matches, Evans Head will travel to South Lismore, and East Lismore will have the home green advantage over Lennox Head.
Points table: Ballina 41, Lennox Head 29.5, Casino RSM 26, Evans Head 21.5, East Lismore 17, South Lismore 9.