Full of Glee as girls put six goals past Ballina in women’s hockey
GLEE ran away with a 6-0 win over Ballina while Lismore rivals Star and Easts played out a nil-all draw in Far North Coast A-grade women’s hockey.
Ballina were the stronger team for most of the first half against Glee, missing three scoring opportunities.
But in the 30th minute Alice Bradford scored for Glee against the run of play after good lead-up work from Nic Hetherington.
A penalty stroke for an intentional breach inside the circle a minute before the break alowed Cassie Hughes to make it 2-0.
Glee’s Kellie Guest played with great determination, providing quality passes to her strikers.
For Ballina, Alison Daniel, Kate Whiting and Macey Anderson tackled with precision and were strong on the ball.
Glee added four goals in the second half, including three in the last 10 minutes.
Hetherington scored a field goal from an acute angle and converted a penalty stroke, while Bradford and Guest also scored.
The other game did not live up to expectations. Both teams made some good attacking runs but too often were dis- possessed or made poor passes.
Lack of control made the creation of scoring opportunities difficult.
Anne-Maree Cheffins made a vital save midway through the second half to keep her team in the game and then Abby Harvey for Easts successfully defended a well-struck penalty corner hit by Star.
The game came to life near the end as both teams strived to find the winning goal.
For Star, Melinda Slade was strong in defence, Taquira McGrath showed patience on the ball and Abby Vantagiatto worked overtime to create opportunities.
For East Lismore, Karlea Healy put in her usual strong game and was well supported by Karen Eakin and Donna Gray in defence.