Glee remain undefeated in women's hockey
GLEE went on a scoring spree against Alstonville in Far North Coast A-grade women's hockey on Saturday, winning 10-0.
The young Alstonville outfit was outclassed by a fit and strong Glee attack but never gave up.
Cassie Douglas, Kim Chappel and Nicole Danvers completed hat-tricks for Glee, with Megan Kendall chipping in with one goal in the big win.
Alstonville's Jenna Lidbetter, Marli Hope and Katrina Boehm worked hard to try to stem the steady flow of goals.
The result gave Glee an undefeated record for the season.
Northern Star took second spot on the points ladder and an appointment with Glee in the major semi-final with a 3-all draw against East Lismore.
Star started well. Forwards Kartrina Phelps, Amanda West and Tracey Makings combined well and applied plenty of pressure before Easts broke quickly out of defence for Jo Mackney to slot a fine goal against the run of play.
Star stayed focused and equalised through a great strike from Leanne Albertini off a penalty corner.
Albertini's midfield play was a feature of the game, controlling the defence and feeding some great balls to the forward line.
Within the 25 Star looked scrappy but scrambled well in the first half and were rewarded when Ashli Olive scored off a solid midfield build-up.
Sophie Rodda worked hard for Easts, as did Genesia Chamberlain and Kate Baird.
Star made it 3-1 when Albertini converted another penalty corner but the lead could have been more with the forward line failing to capitalise on their opportunities.
Easts hit back late when Baird scored off a penalty corner and Abbie Casson equalised by converting a penalty corner with 30 seconds left.
East Lismore will play Ballina in the minor semi-final.Ballina, Easts in 3-all draw
WITH three teams fighting to keep their semi-final chances alive in Far North Coast A-grade men's hockey, the final round held plenty of interest.
Ballina and East Lismore played out a hard-fought 3-all draw, while Northern Star were too good for Alstonville, winning 3-1.
Ballina's Jake Baldry and Sam Davis did well in unsettling Easts early, getting in among their deep defence and denying them room to transfer the ball at will.
Easts then had to find space through the midfield line, which they did through Dave Willis and Ryan Holding.
Ballina's Tony Porter was awesome in defence and both goalkeepers, Danny Seymour (Ballina) and Kuke Kelso (Easts), pulled off some brilliant saves to keep alive their teams' semi-final hopes.
Easts scored first when Willis finished a great break down the right out of deep defence and Simon Mackney took the score to 2-0 before Baldry nailed a deflection on a penalty corner to go to the break 2-1.
The second half was evenly contested. Ballina's Wayne Porter converted a penalty stroke to equalise and Mackney grabbed the lead back again for Easts.
Ballina threw everything at the Easts defence before Baldry slotted his second to secure the draw.
Northern Star ran away with the first half against Alstonville and led 3-0 at the break.
Thomas Vantaggiato converted a penalty stroke, Ash Warring scored from a tomahawk along the backline and Matt Harmon skilfully finessed his way through the Alstonville defence.
Chris McGuiness was in great touch for Star. For Alsonville Steve Law made some fine tackles and Lachlan McKendrick and Jay Wotherspoon combined well up front.
Dwayne White got Alstonville on the board to put away the third rebound off Star goalkeeper Aaron Head, who had an excellent match.
James Harmon was a standout for Northern Star's defence while Mitch Carter made great inroads up front.
The results mean that next weekend Star plays Coraki in the major semi-final, with Ballina to meet Easts in the minor semi.