Star to play Glee in grand final
NORTHERN Star came from behind to defeat East Lismore 2-1 in the Far North Coast A-grade women's hockey preliminary final at Hepburn Park, Goonellabah, on Saturday.
Star will now play Glee in the grand final.
Star were first to break away with quick passing but a shot at goal by Ashli Olive went over the bar.
Sound defence prevented any goals until Brooke Riley found the net after an excellent pass by Sophie Rodda from a penalty corner to give East Lismore the lead.
Early in the second half Star's Amanda West positioned herself in space in the circle and scored off a pass from Katie Thomson.
Tracey Makings brought the ball out of the circle and passed to Olive whose run resulted in a penalty corner. The shot was touched in by Olive to give Star the lead.
East Lismore continued to attack with Ellen Seller, Kate Baird and Brooke Riley running strongly but their scoring opportunities were negated by Star's Leanne Albertini, Abby Vantaggiato and Erin Gulliver.
In A reserve grade, East Lismore defeated Ballina 1-0 to advance to the grand final on Friday night against Glee. The goal was scored by Ella Lawrence.
Ballina's best players were Anne Murphy in goal, Narelle Fahey, Bernie Arundel and Audrey Zambelli while for East Lismore Jane Parrish and Jo Mackney had strong games.
In B1, Byron Bay scored from a penalty corner after the bell to defeat Northern Star. They will play East Lismore in the grand final on Thursday night. In B2, Ballina Sky defeated East Lismore 1-0.