Story Eve Jeffery
The Lismore Basketball Association sent over sixty-five players south on the weekend to compete in the Grafton Basketball Association’s Annual Odd Age Basketball Tournament.
Nine clubs participated in the event including the Ballina, Bellingen, Grafton, Kempsey, Lismore, North Coast Academy, Taree, Tenterfield and Yamba.
Lismore sent nine teams to the event and scored some great results. Matches were played in two halves of twenty minutes each with a three-minute break.
Over 70 matches were fought over the Saturday and Sunday, and Lismore had wins in the under-17 girls, under-15 girls, under-13 boys and under-11 girls, and were runners-up in the under-11 boys, under-13 girls and under-15 boys.
The under-15 girls won their final with a massive score of 72–20 undefeated. They also beat the two nominated under-17 girls teams of Lismore and Bellingen. This team is one to watch for 2013. The under-16 NJL includes state-country representatives Caralie Wilson, Jess Anderson and christian-state team member Mikaela Pienacki and 2012 North Coast Academy athletes Kiara Richardson and Mackensie Egan. It also includes Jess and Caralie in 2012 North Coast Academy. Other team members are Carla Williams, Katie Tickle and Izzy Knight.
Under-17 girls won the battle of Bellingen and Lismore, the under-11 girls backed up their Lismore carnival win with another win in Grafton, with only five players.
The under-13 boys won a tough match against Academy then played Grafton in the final winning 30–20, while the under-13 girls were runners-up to Grafton again, the same results as the Lismore carnival play this time they closed the gap, only losing the final by six points – Grafton will have to watch out next time around.
The under-11 boys were runners-up to Academy, losing by eight points but making a big comeback from 20 points down. The under-15 boys were runners-up to Ballina, also losing by six points.
The under-17 boys were undefeated on Saturday but couldn’t match Ballina or Grafton on Sunday and missed out on the final. All in all is was a very successful carnival for the Lismore association.