Heights? best pennants year
WHEN the pennant season wound up at the weekend, Lismore Workers Heights emerged as the NRDBA's most successful club.
It won the No2s, the No4s and was runner-up in the No5s.
Add to that the two pennants picked up by the Heights women and 2005 comes up as the club's most successful year.
The No2 flag, which it took by 3.6 points from Lennox Head, means Heights will move into the top grade next season.
Lennox Head ? relegated after finishing at the bottom of the table last year -? will have to continue in the second grade.
Alstonville will be there, too, after finishing bottom of the table on 13 points.
Alstonville had a disastrous start to the season then came home like a train, picking up two five-pointers from its final three rounds.
Evans Head had too many guns in the No1s, taking the top flag by 9.5 points from next best, the defending premier Casino RSM.
In the last round last Saturday, Evans Head landed five points from Ballina (62-54), while Casino RSM managed only the single point, going down 65-54 to the unpredictable South Lismore.
The Southies had a mystifying season, winning only four of their 10 matches, but handing premier Evans Head its only defeat (a 73-49 five-point thumping), then last Saturday knocking over runner-up Casino RSM by 11 shots for another five points.
The best-performed pennant side came from one of the district's smallest clubs, Nimbin. Out of an available 60 points from 10 rounds, Nimbin won the No 7A grade with an incredible 56.
Nimbin went through undefeated and lost only a single point in four of its matches. The rest were all six-pointers.
To win the flag, however, Nimbin still has to toss No 7B winner Lismore City, defeated twice in the season and finishing with 39.5 points. This is the only grade yet to be determined.
Pennants winners and runners-up in other grades:
No1: Evans Head 49, Casino RSM 39.5. No2: Lismore Workers Heights 40.5, Lennox Head 36. No3: Lennox Head 46.5, Alstonville 34.5. No4: Lismore Workers Heights 49, Casino RSM 38.5. No5: Kyogle 46.5, Lismore Workers Heights 32.5. No6: South Lismore 40, Ballina 34.5.