Ballina and Glee get the points in women's hockey action
BALLINA continued its mid-season consolidation with a 2-1 win over East Lismore while Glee had a 2-0 victory over a determined Northern Star in Far North Coast A-grade women's hockey.
With both teams having players away, the Ballina v Easts game lacked some of the speed of recent weeks and holding possession became the biggest challenge for both sides.
Ballina pressure in the first half was eventually rewarded with a goal to Kerrilee Brown from a penalty corner then a skilful tomahawk goal to Holly Anderson after great midfield build-up.
The Easts goalkeeper kept the Ballina attack honest in the second half, assisted by the solid defence of Karen Eakin.
Easts pegged back one goal but Ballina came away with the win.
Easts' best were Eakin and Emma Walter while for Ballina, Anderson worked tirelessly and Cori Hardy impressed with her speed.
Two first-half goals gave Glee the win over Star.
Cassie Hughes slotted a left post penalty corner variation then Kim Chappel scored after breaking free and linking with striker Nic Hetherington.
Star counter-attacked strongly but were denied by a great save on the line by Stacey Savins.
In the second half Glee were unable to crack the tenacious Star defence led by goalkeeper Rebecca Pruess, Leanne Albertini and Nikki Amber.
Best players for Glee were Emily and Stacey Savins, Kim Chappel and Renee Dunstan, while for Star Natalie Psarakis, Kate Marshall and Mel Slade stood out.