Three from five for women
By WENDY TRUDGEON JH WILLIAMS PREMIER LEAGUE (WOMEN): Casuarina 3 d Northern Star 1, Glee 4 d United 1, Waratahs 3 d Ballina 0, Alstonville 3 d Griffith 2, East Lismore 1 d Burleigh 0. ?z THREE of the five Far North Coast clubs came away with wins from the opening round of J H Williams Premier League women??s hockey.
Northern Star went down to Casuarina 3-0. Star goalkeeper Erin McKenzie made some fine saves in the first half from shots by Casuarina??s Sharon Buchanan, Kim Small and Tiff Berryman. Small finally scored just before half-time after good lead-up work by Queensland Country representative mid-fielder Debbie Dolan. Straight after the break Casuarina made it 2-0 when Tiff Berryman found the net. Star adopted closer marking tactics and came close to a goal when the ball passed from Melinda Slade to Erin Gulliver to Amanda Marshall, who drew goalkeeper Hope Miller out of the circle. Katrina Springfield scored Casuarina??s third goal. Glee defeated United 4-1, surprising their opposition with a goal to Kim Chappel. But for the rest of an even first half they found Rachel Rolls in goal and Sam Boyd hard to get past. United coach Izzy Power, a member of the Queensland Country team, equalised. Glee hit back with a Cassie Douglas hat-trick ?X the first from a rebound, the second when she drew the goalkeeper and the third with a hard shot into the corner of the net. Chappel and Tanya Dubbelde did a ton of work for Glee. Alstonville had a 3-2 win over Griffith, which played one short because of injuries to key players. Alstonville made good use of the extra space to score their goals. Carlie Baxter opened the scoring with a field goal midway through the first half. Nic Danvers deflected the ball into the net and Melissa Burt converted a penalty corner in the second half. Alstonville??s best players were Melissa Burt, Nicky Woolner, Nic Danvers and Justine Thomson. East Lismore edged out Premier League newcomers Burleigh 1-0. ] Easts goalkeeper Hillaree Bradwell did a ton of work and was supported by Anita Ghilardi in midfield. Karla Temporali and Brooke Colby were prominent in attack with Colby scoring the only goal with a deflection high into the net. Ballina put in a strong performance in a 3-0 loss to Waratahs at Murwillumbah. Bobbie Philip scored an early goal from a penalty corner for Waratahs, catching Ballina off-guard. They continued to attack but the Ballina defence maintained its composure, goalkeeper Sarah Norton and backs Leigh Apps and Alison Porter putting in solid performances. In the second half Alison Parr??s return to the forwards boosted the Ballina attack as she linked with hard-working inners Paige Williams and Lauren McDonald. Ballina had most of the possession and attack, led by the skilful Sally Baldry, but could not convert. Waratahs defender Perrea Dunn had an outstanding game.
Bobbie Philip scored Waratahs?? second goal 15 minutes into the second half. And after a controversial stoppage late in the game resulted in a bully near the Waratahs circle, Ebony Philip made a quick break upfield against the run of play and crossed to Tiarny Wade for the third goal.