THE region's best bowlers have excelled during the 2019 Zone 4 pennant championships.
Operating under the new Zone 4 banner for the first time, clubs from around the region all staked their claim across the six pennant divisions.
Lighting Ridge proved to be a cut above the rest in pennant grade two, while Armidale City and North Tamworth took out third and fourth grade respectively.
Meanwhile Barraba, Moree Services and Guyra also achieved glory, claiming pennant grades five, six and seven respectively.
All six clubs will now travel around the state to take on other pennant winners from different zones.
The region will host one of the pennant finals, with South Tamworth Bowling Club playing host to the third grade pennant match featuring Armidale City on July 26.
Zone 4 president Ian Bannister told the Leader this year's pennant competition had been highly competitive.
"I think it was really good to see a lot of close games right throughout the competitions," Bannister said.
"It is also really good to see those smaller clubs such as Guyra and Barraba claim some big wins."
Bannister said the clubs had settled into the new zone structure very well.
"I think a few people were a bit concerned about the amount of travel involved in the new structure," he said.
"However, everyone has been doing it and we have seen some really good results so far.
"It has also been pleasing to see the emphasis a lot of the clubs, particularly the smaller clubs, are putting onto the development of junior lawn bowls.
"If that continues then I'm confident we will have a strong competition going into the future."