Goalkeepers impress in A-grade women’s hockey games
THERE were wins to Northern Star and Glee in Far North Coast A-grade women's hockey at the Goonellabah turf on Saturday.
Star defeated Ballina 2-0 and Glee accounted for Coraki 3-1.
Goalkeepers Ilah Arnold (Star) and Lilly Cronin (Ballina) played with confidence in the first half, making several saves in a fast, open game.
The teams went in at half-time at nil-all but in the second minute of the second half Annalyce Bodley made a skilful run down the left side, passed to Tracey Makings and on to Freya Russell, who netted the first goal.
Corinna Busse made strong runs for Ballina, linking up with Holly Anderson and Cori Hardy, but they found it difficult to penetrate the Star defence.
Abbey Vantaggiato, Nikki Amber and Danielle Seiffert were solid in defence and Star sealed the win when Leanne Albertini and Melinda Slade worked the ball into the circle for Amanda Harmon to score.
In the other game, Coraki started well but the experience of Glee made the going tough for their youthful opponents.
Young Coraki goalkeeper Britney Gwynne made some confident saves against the strong-hitting Nicole Hetherington.
But Hetherington was on the spot to score off a through ball from Stacey McLennan midway through the first half and added another just before half-time when she was up high and had only the 'keeper to beat.
In the second half Glee made it 3-0 when a shot from Renee Dunstan was saved but Hetherington netted the rebound.
Coraki pegged one back when Alice Bradford back-sticked a shot from an acute angle.