Glee, East Lismore top start

GLEE and East Lismore started their 2010 JH Williams women’s hockey campaigns in style with wins over sides from the Tweed.

Glee’s Laura Essex combined with Sophie McDonough to sink Waratah Falcons 2-0.

Essex’s opening goal came via a slick reverse-stick shot through the defence of Falcons goalkeeper Sarah Franklin after Essex was found in the circle by newcomer Maddy Richey, from Grafton.

It was State Under-18 representative Richey’s run from defence that set the play in motion and led to the opening goal.

Glee had several early scoring opportunities and earned successive penalty corners but wayward shots at goal let them down.

Play fluctuated for much of the second half and Glee were able to hold on to their 1-0 advantage due in part to strong defensive work from Emily Savins, Megan Kendall and Jodie Danvers.

Moments later, it took the brilliance of Douglas to break away and find McDonough who, with a great supporting run, was rewarded with Glee’s second goal.

Glee goalkeeper Sarah Wykes did her part to keep her side’s advantage after blocking a shot on goal by the Falcons’ Emily Hetherington.

East Lismore started its season with a clean sheet after absorbing early pressure to win 3-0.

In a strong opening quarter, United came out with plenty of determination, opening with a series of shots on goal that forced Easts ’keeper Julie McFadden into making several saves.

Easts turned the tables on United and started to build up pressure.

A decisive and skilful run by Janelle Pittman opened the scoring then Anna Chamberlain added Easts’ second after receiving on the top of the circle and drilling it past United ’keeper Erin Fleeton.

Mia and Tess Verrier put through some great balls for strikers Pittman, Brooke Riley, Brooke Colby and Kate Baird to run on to with Baird converting to make it 3-0.

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