Star edge out Ballina

THERE were wins to Northern Star, East Lismore and Glee in JH Williams Premier League women’s hockey at the weekend.

Star had a 1-0 win over Ballina, which was without a couple of regular A-grade players.

The Hunter family helped out. In goal was Sue Hunter and she was joined by daughters Emily, Grace and Georgia.

The only goal came after a Tracey Makings penalty corner hit the foot of a Ballina defender on the goal line. Katie Thompson converted the penalty stroke.

Abby Vantaggiato, Nicki Amber and Melinda Slade combined well in defence for Star, while Rebecca Grill was impressive in goal.

Best for Ballina were Vicki Morgan, Alison Porter, Helen Jarvie and Sam Leeson.

Alstonville improved on their previous result against East Lismore, going down only 2-1 with some effective close marking.

East Lismore fought hard in the second half and scored twice.

The first goal was a decisive penalty corner strike by Sophie Rodda. The second came from good teamwork with the final touch by Demi Schaefer off a cross pass from Kate Beard.

Best for Alstonville were Kassie Baxter, Caitlin and Sophie Lidbetter, Kallie Seymour and Katrina Boehm.

For East Lismore, Brooke Colby, Karen Eaken and Brooke Riley were outstanding.

Glee beat United 5-1 at Murwillumbah.

Cassie Douglas opened their account early with a great run through the United defence before Maddy Richey got into the action; both went to the break with two goals each.

A feature of the game was the accuracy and speed of the Lismore team’s passing.

The intensity dropped in the second half with Megan Kendall putting away a beautifully timed pass from Sophie McDonogh and United getting on the scoreboard through a penalty corner conversion.

Other scores:

A reserve / B1: East Lismore 5 d Summerlanders 2, Byron Bay 1 defeated East Lismore 0, Ballina 4 d Northern Star 0.

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