Nicole Hetherington, pictured during a game against East Lismore earlier in the year, scored the first of Glee's two goals in the team's 2-1 grand final win over Northern Star.
Nicole Hetherington, pictured during a game against East Lismore earlier in the year, scored the first of Glee's two goals in the team's 2-1 grand final win over Northern Star. Stuart Turner

Glee holds out Star in tight women's hockey title fight

THE spoils were evenly spread for the first 20 minutes in the A-grade women's hockey grand final between Glee and Northern Star on Saturday.

Then Nicole Hetherington put a miss-hit high into the net to give Glee the lead.

Star lifted their game and Freya Russell had a chance to square things up when she jumped on a ball that rebounded off the post, but her shot was wide.

Star did all it could to put points on the board but Glee was able to withstand the raids.

The match went to the break at 1-0 to Glee.

Two Star players were given temporary suspensions just on half-time and they started the second with only nine on the field, but Glee could not capitalise on their advantage.

Kim Chapel, striker for Glee, left the field injured for a short time.

Star gathered momentum but even though more attack went its way, it failed to penetrate the circle.

Glee's first shot at goal drew keeper Bec Press so when Cassie Hughes received a ball across the circle she was able to push it into an open goal to score: 2-0.

Star striker Kate Marshall pounced on a loose ball and a diverted pass was picked up and pushed into the net by Freya Russell to make the tally 2-1.

Glee was victor in this very close encounter, and captured its 14th consecutive major premiership.

Ballina Black wins in B2 division

On Thursday night in extra time, Ballina Black beat Ballina White 3-2 in the B2 division.

In B1, East Lismore and Alstonville were not able to get a result at the end of three sessions of extra time and were declared joint premiers.

Coraki was victor in the A reserve grand final when it defeated East Lismore 1-0 in a match that could have gone either way.

Going into the finals, Coraki was placed third behind minor premiers Ballina and East Lismore, who was in second place.

Kate Whiting converted a penalty corner after the half-time bell to give Coraki the only goal of the match.

With both teams having plenty of shots at goal, 'keepers Brittney Gwynne for Coraki and Abby Harvey for East Lismore had outstanding games, helped by strong support from their defence.


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