Hockey: East Lismore, Glee come out on top
EAST Lismore defeated Northern Star 1-0 and Glee edged out Ballina 2-1 in Far North Coast A-grade women's hockey on Saturday.
In an even contest at Hepburn Park, Goonellabah, Star's Abby Vantaggiato and Nikki Clark had an opportunity to put their team ahead when they combined well early in the second half. But the shot was brilliantly saved by Alison Franey for Easts.
The only goal came midway through the second half from a penalty corner, with a straight hit by Easts' Jade Gray from the top of the circle.
Karen Eakin played her usual safe constructive game and Karlea Healy was always keen to run the ball for East Lismore.
Cassidy Chapman, Nikki and Tiana Clark and Shania McLean are new to the Northern Star line-up.
At Ballina, Glee finished on top in a fast and open game.
They led 1-0 after 10 minutes when Alice Bradford netted a neat goal from great lead-up play by Nic Hetherington.
Glee extended the lead to 2-0 when Cassie Hughes used her evasive skills to penetrate into the circle and lay a square pass for Kellie Guest to score.
Ballina counter-attacked strongly and Glee goalkeeper Julie McFadden made a great save to deny Corrina Busse a goal.
But from another attacking raid Sam Peiti netted a rebound for a 2-1 half-time scoreline.
Glee had the better of attack in the second half but were denied goals by solid defence from Ballina's Alison Daniel and Macy Anderson and some outstanding saves by goal- keeper Lilly Cronin.
Glee and Ballina had both started the season with narrow wins the previous week.