Easts start season on song

Easts compact and well structured defensive was the bedrock upon which they built their first win of the season.

Mens hockey

A compacted defensive and a slick short passing game typified East Lismores 5-2 victory over Alstonville in the opening round of the preseason at Hepburn Park. Although the sides went to the break with Easts ahead 2-1, it was clear the men in yellow and blue were dominating possession. In the second half they converted this dominance into goals. Matthew Rodda scored a pair while brother Raymond, Jay Wotherspoon and Simon Mackney also found the back of the net. Lachlan McKendrick and Jade Taylor scored for Alstonville.

In the other match Ballina gave up a clear lead to hand over a 3-3 draw to a fast finishing Coraki.

While Coraki veteran Jason Conte believes his best hockey is behind him, his two late goals showed he has lost little of his ability in front of goals. Defender Jamie Beddoes scored Corakis other goal.

Ballinas Sam Davis and captain Brett Crawford gave the seasiders the lead at halftime, while Tony Porter saved Ballina from an upset loss with a late goal.

Womens hockey

Ballina and East Lismore continued their unbeaten run in the second week of the preseason competition, while Alstonville managed to get a team, if not a goal keeper, on the paddock.

Ballinas Sally Baldry and Amanda Moss organised their midfield well as they got the better of Alstonville 1-0, while East Lismores youngsters Sophie Rodda, Abbie Casson, Brooke Colby, and Brooke Riley showed plenty of spark in attack as they knocked off Northern Star 2-0.

Reigning premiers Glee continued their struggle with a nil all draw with Northern Star and 0-2 loss to Alstonville.

Ballina and East played out a nil-all draw.

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