Tweed dominates first round of A-grade comp
TWEED teams dominated the first round of the Far North Coast-Tweed- Border A-Grade women's hockey competition at the weekend.
Falcons beat Glee 4-2, Casuarina overcame Ballina 3-1, Coraki edged out Northern Star 2-1 and Murwillumbah had a narrow 1-0 win over Easts.
Glee and Falcons played a fast open encounter.
Glee's Kim Chappel opened the scoring with a penalty corner conversion early in the match but Falcons hit back with a goal to Ebony Young.
Stacey Butler extended Falcons lead but Glee equalised when Alanna Waters netted a fine cross pass from Nicole Hetherington for a 2-all scoreline at halftime.
Falcons took the lead with a goal to Stacey Butler and then denied the Glee attack led by Kim Chappel, Nicole Hetherington and Ash Danvers with outstanding defence particularly from Candice Henry and goalkeeper Lisa Arthur.
In other games, Casuarina opened the scoring against Ballina with a goal to Kim Small but Ballina hit back when striker Corey Hardy scored a fine goal after a break down the right to lock the scores 1-1 at halftime.
In the 7th minute of the second half, Kendra Fitzerpatrick scored for Casuarina and then in the 19th minute used her evasive skills and speed to set up Kim Small to give a 3-1 scoreline.
Lilly Cronin made a number of fine saves in goal for her Ballina team and was well supported in defence by Macey Anderson and Ella Dagnall.
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Abbey Harvey led a strong defensive display for Easts as they held Murwillumbah to a 1-0 scoreline while the young Coraki side edged out Northern Star 2-1 with a penalty corner conversion by Georgia Cheffens in the final minute of the game.
Coraki had led early when Aleesha Marks converted a penalty stroke but Star equalise with a penalty corner by Abby Vantaggiato in the second half. Brittany Gwynne had a fine game in goal for Coraki to repeatedly deny the Star attack.