Hornets on the scoreboard

Byron Bays Tom Ruhl deftly turns on the ball during a match against Rovers on Saturday afternoon in Lismore. Ruhl went on to find the back of the net for the Byron side on two occasions in a top quality performance.

The reigning minor premiers Goonellabah Hornets clambered off the bottom of the ladder after charming and capturing the Casino Cobras in Casino on Saturday night 4-2.

The Hornets flew away to a 4-nil lead before going to sleep in the second half and offering up two late goals to the men from the beef capital. Its a disturbing feature of the Hornets tilt this year that their focus and intensity drop when they draw ahead on the scoreboard. Needless to say, coach Renato Cheli, though happy with their first win of the premier season this year, still needs to instill the killer instinct into his squad.

The Byron Bay Rams have no such concerns and they turned it on in the second half of their match against Rovers on Saturday. When it clicks for the Rams its shearing time for the men from the Bay and it clicked on Saturday afternoon as the Rams ran away 3-1 winners over Rovers to capture top spot on the ladder. Rovers looked well and truly in the hunt in the first half with Ben Cassagrande finding room behind the defence but the second half was all Rams.

Workers left their recent disciplinary trouble behind them this weekend as the Redmen dominated arch rivals Thistles for a 4-nil victory at Oakes Oval. Tom The Whippet Guttormsen is an excitement machine and his inner corvette was humming on Saturday night as he drove and casually flicked in two of the four goals.

The Ballina Seahorses are fast earning the title of draw lords after they managed a 2-all draw against the Maclean Bobcats in Lismore on Saturday. Is it a democratic ethos in the body of the team or just a desperate desire not to lose that keeps the Seashorses levelling the scores? Dont know, but the draw wasnt enough to maintain their spot at the top of the competition.

If Italo Stars have earned a non-de-plume, its probably not a very nice one, as the talent packed squad crumbled to their third loss in a row on Saturday against Lennox Head 3-2. The win promotes Lennox to third on the table, as they revel in the gritty going of Premier League.

This Saturday Lennox will need to struggle hard to hold back Rovers at 5pm at Skenners Head Park; the Rams and the Seashorses will play bright open football as they vie for top spot on the ladder in Byron at 3pm; Maclean will toss a coin to work out if theyre keen to play and run on against Casino at home at 3pm; the Hornets and the Redmen will put on a show at 5pm; and Italo Stars will host Thistles in a close and probably rugged affair at 7pm.

Womens premier division

All correspondence about the womens competition is welcome and can be emailed to sport@echonews.com. So far I have only received a note from Alstonville and here it is:

Newly promoted Alstonville recorded their first win in the womens premier division by downing Lismore Workers 4-2. Shaken by two goals in the first 10 minutes, Villa got back into the game and reduced the deficit late in the half when Brooke Chamberlaincappedoff a fine run with a neat finish.

Workers pressed hard at the resumption of proceedings but counter-attacks by Villa produced two early goals from Jessica Woolfe and Courtney Nelson to give them a shock lead. Workers frustration was complete when busy Villa keeper Lisa Parkin made a superb one-handed save late on and Jessica Woolfe finished off another counter attack a minute later.


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