Rovers looking the goods

Richmond Rovers are virtually assured a spot in the preseason semi-finals after a deadly 15-minute burst of attacking football where they crushed Ballina with four goals.

Speedster Ben Cassagrande scored a hat trick during the annihilation, as the flanker took full advantage of his shift into mid field for the men in black and white. Strikers Tim Sheridan and Troy Matthews also scored as the mighty Rovers sealed themselves a spot in the finals with a 5-1 win.

Ballinas Danny Vincent picked up the Seashorses goal.

Italo Stars held off a fast finishing Workers Club to post a 2-1 win and keep their preseason campaign alive. Stars Wayne Mortimer proved too difficult for the Workers defence to contain as he set up both Stars first-half goals. The first was a penalty which Mortimer drew from a clumsy challenge and Max Latimer hammered home the resulting dot shot. The second came from a beautifully weighted through ball which Mortimer laid on for Jake Pratten.

In a match of two halves, Workers showed some real grit in the second term, with speedy striker Todd Gordon flicking a header past Stars stand-in keeper, Mitch Lowe, to set up a tight finish.

Lismore Thistles gave their supporters something to cheer about, laying on a 5-3 win over Goonellabah at Thistles Park. An early send off, reduced the Hornets to 10 men, but all that did was disturb the Hornets nest as their striker Dave Arnett slapped in two goals to give the visitors a 2-0 lead at the break.

However, the one-man advantage eventually took its toll as Thistles regrouped and found the back of the net at regular intervals in the second half. Matt Parrish, Tom and Ben Boland and Ed Hodges all scored for the men in blue.

Pottsville were on a high going into their match against Byron Bay after whipping Workers 4-1 last weekend. Sadly for the Panthers their spirits were soon dashed as the Rams trampled them 5-0.

Tom Ruhl and Aaron Richter Steers both scored twice while Jonathan Pierce danced on the corpse, to score a fifth. The Rams are now on top of Pool C and just one win away from a spot in the semis.

Lennox Heads explosive start to the season turned into a fizzer on Sunday as they could only register a scoreless draw against Bangalow. Despite having a strike force the envy of every other club in the region, the frenzied Sharks could not manage a single kill.


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