Womens hockey

Womens hockey

As in the mens division the local teams took up many of the mid table positions and thereby earned themselves a spot in the second division finals. Although Mudgee, Casuarina, Labrador and the Waratahs will play out for the first division title, both Ballina and East Lismore have a shot at the second division silverware.

The first of these matches gets underway at Hepburn Park at 2pm on Saturday with 11th placed East Lismore up against the eighth placed Redbacks. Easts will find this a difficult task, particularly as they are coming off a 3-1 loss to Glee in the last round. In a lacklustre first half Glee knocked in three goals, one to Leah Wykes and two to Cassie Douglas. Easts finally awoke in the second half but despite applying some good pressure only converted one goal.

Young gun Demi Schaefer made many decisive attacking runs for the women in gold in the second half and proved why she was selected in the State Catholic College team.

Meanwhile, Ballina should go into their second division semi final on a high after beating Capri 3-1 last week.

In the other match Northern Star, who missed the leadership of Leanne Albertini, were no match for the United Vipers, going down 9-2. United Vipers, despite only taking the field with 10 players, treated spectators to a fine display of goal scoring. The four forwards used skill and pace to weave their way past the Star defence. Carliha Johnston was a key player, netting three, and she gained great support from Isabel Power who added four, while Kellie Roatz and Lee-anne Love scored one each.


In the State Championships in Taree from August 11-13, the Far North Coast teams enjoyed strong competition and played in three finals. The Over 40s division two team were joint champions while the Over 45s division one team and the Over 50s team were runners-up.

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