Glee, Kingscliff, Casuarina all pre-finals winners
By Raechel Alback IN the final round of the JH Williams competition Glee took on Ballina winning 1-0 while Kingscliff out played NStar winning 3-1 and Casuarina ran out winners 4-2 over East Lismore with Alstonville having the bye. In the first game of the afternoon Glee faced Ballina with many new faces in their line-up due to the un availability of many regular A-graders.
The likes of Karen Flynn, Jan Saul, and Catherine Osborne were up to the task.
Glee played with grit and determi nation taking on a never-say-die Bal lina who kept them honest to the end.
Play fluctuated from end to end with both defensive units being called upon to make desperate tack les to keep their sides in the contest. For Ballina Alison Porter and Leigh Apps were outstanding while for Glee Letitia Bolton in goal brought off some fantastic saves and Margie Pembroke was solid in defence.
Both sides had a number of penal ty corners but no one was able to convert with the defence preventing shots on goal.
In the final five minutes of the game Glee was finally able to get a quick shot away on their penalty cor er which was brilliantly trapped on the line by Alison Porter but stolen by Raechel Alback and put into the goal to give Glee the only goal of the game and a 1-0 win. In the game between Kingscliff and NStar, Star started slowly and Kingscliff were able to score two quick goals before Star settled into their game plan.
Star then Kingscliff extended their lead to 3-0 before Star hit back scor ing a late goal to Kalee Seymour after Tracey Makings broke clear feeding the ball to Erin Gulliver who took on three of Kingscliff's players before putting the ball across the face of goal for Seymour to score Stars only goal. Leanne Albertini lead by example once again and was continually involved in the play for Star. In the Casuarina versus East Lismore game, Casuarina started strongly gaining a 2-0 advantage af ter two great team goals to former Hockeyroo captain Sharon Buchanan.
Easts then began to keep the ball wide away from Deb Dolan and Margie Coleman who set up and control most of Casuarina's play.
Easts right half Ellen Seller had a strong game making solid tackles and feeding the ball wide down to right strikers Demi Schaefer and Shannon Conlan. Kate Baird put in another strong game working hard in both attack and defence while Karen Eakin and Hilaree Bradwell were out standing in defence.
Late in the game Easts were awarded a penalty stroke after a deliberate breech in the circle. Kate Baird put the ball away to lift her team and Brooke Colby then scored the equiliser with minutes remaining.
This then prompted Casuarina into attack with another former Hockey roo Kim Small showing why she is known as a classy player scoring a fantastic individual goal and earning her team a penalty corner just before full time which she converted with a straight shot to give Casuarina a 4-2 victory and a place in next week's semi final.