Star have the edge in final round
IN the final round of the JH Williams women’s hockey matches, Northern Star edged out an improving Alstonville 2-1, Glee defeated Easts 6-2 and at Murwillumbah home team Waratahs defeated Ballina 3-0.
Northern Star dominated the first half attack against Alstonville but found it difficult to penetrate the Alstonville defence with goalkeeper Tamara Leonard making numerous timely saves for her team.
Star broke the deadlock when Ashli Olive netted a rebound from the initial penalty corner shot to give Star a 1-0 lead at half-time.
Alstonville hit back midway through the second half with a great team goal being put away by Kallie Seymour but were unable to deny Star a win when Tracey Makings scored from a penalty corner to give Star a 2-1 victory.
East Lismore started strongly against Glee dominating the opening passages of play and were rewarded when Brooke Colby netted to give East’s a 1-0 lead.
Glee’s counter attack saw Kim Chappel equalize from a penalty corner. Play fluctuated from end to end with both sides creating scoring chances. An error by the Glee defence saw East’s Kate Baird convert a penalty stroke for a 2-1 lead.
With time running out in the first half Glee’s attacking pressure on the East’s defence resulted in a penalty stroke which was converted by Kim Chappel to lock the scores 2-2 at half-time.
The Glee attack started to gain ascendency in the second half with strikers Nic Danvers, Cassie Douglas and Megan Kendall making inroads though the Easts defence and inside forward Kim Chappel capped a fine game with three second-half goals giving her a total of five for the match. Nic Danvers added the sixth goal for Glee.
Next weekend’s semi-finals will see Glee play Waratahs and Casuarina play Kingscliff.