The strength of hockey on the Gold Coast was displayed by Labrador, a well-drilled team, who held their position at the top of the table over the weekend by defeating East Lismore 6-1.
Labradors forward line dominated play with Kylie McEniery (3), Belinda Morrison (1) and Danette Dorron (2) all converting their scoring opportunities.
East Lismores Janelle Pittman scored but all too often she lacked support.
Despite a bitterly cold and wet afternoon Kingscliff and Northern Star played a bright, open and attacking brand of hockey, with the visitors coming away on top 5-2.
Kingscliffs Kellie Moore (2) and Lorelle Morrissey (2) were the standout players in attack, receiving excellent support from midfielders Sam Morton (1) and Karen Stockie.
Northern Star showed improvement in the second half with several players making a more determined effort. Amanda Hughes, goal keeper for the A Reserve team, was given plenty of work and made some good saves; Leanne Albertini was on her game; and Kayla McDonough and Melinda Slade, both youngsters, work tirelessly in defence. Karli Baxter and Erica Sutton were the goal scorers for Star.
In their 2-all draw, both Glee and Griffith showed their fighting spirit, scoring three goals (two to Shannon Salan for Griffith and one to Glees Cassie Douglas) in the last five minutes of their game. Douglas goal secured a worthy draw in a tight and classy game.
This Saturday Glee play Ballina on Hepburn Park at 1.30pm and Northern Star play the Redbacks at 2.55pm. On Sunday East Lismore travel to Murwillumbah to play Capri.
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