Action stations as Far North Coast hockey season begins
ASHLEE Danvers warmed up for her forthcoming battle against some of the country's best young players in style while Ballina's men's side was in ruthless form as FNC Hockey action got underway for 2014.
Danvers was on target as she helped her Glee side start the season in impressive fashion with a 3-1 victory over East Lismore.
The 17-year-old, part of the talented Danvers hockey clan, is preparing for the forthcoming national under-18 girls competition with the New South Wales Blues squad.
Danvers, whose teamed up with sisters Nicole and Jodie to help Glee win Saturday's clash, is looking forward to taking her place alongside Australia's finest players in her age group.
"I think I might have some nerves, but I'm just going to forget about them," she said.
"My Mum and Dad always played hockey - it was something I was always going to do.
"I just like playing with my mates and my sisters.
"I think it's going to be pretty tough (at the championships), but I'm looking forward to it."
Kim Chappel and Nic Hetherington were also on target for Glee, with Demi Schaffer scoring for Easts.
A double from Sam Peiti helped Northern Star edged out Ballina 4-3 in the round's other contest.
Nathalie Psarakis and Helen Mosley were standouts for the Lismore side.
Corrina Busse (2) and Cassie McDonald were on the scoresheet for Ballina.
Vicki Morgan, Michelle Anderson and Leigh Apps were best and fairest for the losing side.
Meanwhile, Northern Star edged out Coraki in a thrilling start to the men's competition.
Goals from Matt Frost and Matt Harmon secured a 2-1 victory for the Star in a hard-fought contest at the Goonellabah turf.
Harley Brown was the Coraki scorer.
Double strikes from Nathan Fryer and Will Palmer helped Ballina record a thumping 7-1 victory over East Lismore.
Aaron Klassen and JJ Parker were among the other goalscorers for the seasiders.
Noah hits field swinging in start of junior hockey season
IF YOU looked on cloud nine after the opening FNC Junior Hockey action of the season, you'd probably find Noah Enright there.
The promising junior smashed in one of the goals as his Coraki side defeated East Lismore 2-0 to start the new FNC Junior Hockey season in style.
After the match, the Coraki-based player summed up his feelings in short and sweet fashion.
"It was just awesome," he said.
The eight-year-old has been playing hockey for a couple of years and didn't mind Saturday's baking conditions at the Goonellabah turf.
"I like running around getting sweaty on the pitch," he said. "I also like playing with my friends and scoring heaps of goals.
"It felt really fantastic when I scored the goal (today).
"Hockey is just loads of fun."
The season continues throughout with matches in the different age groups.
Young players across the region can learn new skills at a valuable forthcoming clinic.
The Stick 2 Hockey course will provide fun coaching for under-12 players.
It takes place at the Goonellabah turf on Monday, April 14 (10am-3pm).
For more information, call Gina Rees 9764 1911 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meanwhile, junior and senior players are reminded they can still sign up for helpful skills sessions.
The Come and Try hockey scheme is aimed at participants aged between five to 75 and offers fun coaching.
Admission is free and sticks and shin pads will be provided.
The sessions take place at Ballina on Tuesday and Lismore on Wednesday (3.30-4.30pm).
For full details and more information, call Tony Meldrum on 0447 186 134.