Hockey: Glee remains undefeated

UNDEFEATED Glee downed Northern Star 2-1 and Ballina drew with East Lismore 2-all in Far North Coast A-grade women's hockey at Hepburn Park, Goonellabah.

Prolific scorer Nicole Hetherington opened the scoring for Glee when she pounced on a ball that had rebounded off Star goalkeeper Ilah Arnold.

They took that 1-0 lead in to half-time.

Glee continued their attacking raids in the second half with Alice Bradford and Olivia Osborne making skilful runs. Arnold was called on to make several saves.

Midway through the half, Star strikers Annalyce Bodley, Nikki and Tiana Clark and Taquira McGrath made many attempts to score only to be denied by Glee goalkeeper Karen Flynn.

Glee made it 2-0 13 minutes from full-time when Cassie Hughes picked up a rebound and found the net then, with only a few minutes remaining, Nikki Clark pulled one back for Star with a brilliant goal from an acute angle.

In the opening 20 minutes of the other game there was little activity in either circle.

Easts' Karlea Healy broke the deadlock when she found the net with a direct shot from the edge of the circle.

Ballina bounced back but failed to score from successive penalty corners.

Macey Anderson fought hard to maintain possession while Corinna Busse and Cori Hardy proved to be a handful for the Easts defence, using their skills to make inroads into the left side of the circle.

Demi Flynn, returning to the Easts team after a year away, combined well with Millie Burnett and Jade Gray.

Early in the second half Cori Hardy's direct shot rattled the back board to equalise for Ballina.

East Lismore regained the lead when Healy deflected Jade Gray's hit, which she took from outside the circle, into the net.

Ballina equalised again with Hardy using skilful stick work to weave her way through.

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