Ballina returns to winning ways
By HELEN JARVIE
GOALS were hard to come by in the second round of JH Williams Premier League women's hockey.
Ballina returned to winning form with a 1-0 win over Alstonville.
After the teams went in nil-all at half-time, Lauren McDonald provided the basis for many of Ballina's attacking runs in the second half with her speed and nimble stickwork.
Paige Williams and Alison Parr linked well with McDonald and both were penetrating well, but the Ballina forwards were unable to finish.
Parr was finally rewarded with a goal after her cross from a 30-metre break up the right wing found the back of the net 14 minutes into the second half. She had another goal disallowed soon after.
Tamara Leonard and Kassie Baxter kept Alstonville in the match with numerous spectacular saves.
Alstonville tried hard to equalise, with Nicole Danvers prominent, but Ballina goalkeeper Sarah Norton was up to the task and Alison Porter pulled off a fantastic save on the line.
Glee edged out an understrength Labrador 1-0.
Labrador were in control for most of the first half, but some undisciplined behaviour led to Lauren Shillitoe being yellow-carded in the first half and captain Clare Jackson sent off in the second.
Glee's goal came nine minutes into the second half when a shot by Kim Chappell deflected off a Labrador stick into the goals.
Shortly after, Labrador thought they had scored the equaliser off a penalty corner, but the goal was disallowed because it was too high.
Labrador lost key defender Gail Lomas to injury after she was hit in the head with the ball, but still finished strongly.
Best for Glee was Kim Chappell at right inner and Letitia Bolton in goals.
Northern Star travelled to the Gold Coast and came away with a 1-all draw against Burleigh. ] In the first half, Burleigh took command and scored their goal just 10 minutes into the game.
Star equalised with nine minutes to go. After good lead-up work by Leanne Albertini, Ashleigh Parmenter received an accurate pass, which she pushed past the Burleigh goalkeeper.
Amanda West worked hard in the forwards for Star, Danielle Seiffert put in a good performance and Erin McKenzie in goal made many fine saves.