Hunters sisters score for Ballina
Georgia Hunter drew first blood scoring off a great cross from Michelle Anderson and sister Emily touched in a penalty corner strike soon after.
Grace and Emily combining beautifully through the middle of the field to give Ballina its third goal.
Alstonville fought hard after being reduced to only nine players when Rebecca Templeman left the field temporarily to receive treatment for an injury.
Having started the game with only 10 players, Alstonville could not shut down the Hunter girls.
Ballina were unlucky not to score more with good build up from Michelle Anderson and Amanda Moss going unfinished.
Alstonville’s goalkeeper, Donna Bruggy, had plenty to do but the standout was Sarah Lidbetter in defence while Kallie Seymour worked hard through the middle of the field.
In other news, Northern Star came out with all guns blazing but the Easts defence was able to absorb the pressure in their nil-all draw yesterday.
The match was evenly contested with end to end action and both sides creating plenty of opportunities the final shot either going wide or saved with fine goalkeeping from Star’s Erin MacKenzie and, at the other end, Easts’ Sammy Jo Johnson.
Easts Abbie Casson held the middle well but Star’s Mel Slade was equal to the challenge both girls distributing the ball well.
Up front for Star, Erin Gulliver, Ashli Olive, Kate Marshall and Amanda West made plenty of inroads but will be regretting missed chances, while in defence Dani Seiffert pulled off some crucial tackles.
Meanwhile, Tony Meldrum scored a hat trick for Ballina but it wasn’t enough because Kingscliff’s Henry Prichard answered every goal with a hat trick of his own to help his side to a 5-4 win.
Ballina Mitchell Harley worked hard for Ballina and was rewarded with the other goal in the second half while Tony Porter made some great tackles in defence and was well supported by brother Wayne.
Coraki defeated Capri 2-1 in their game and East Lismore won their match 3-1 over Mudgeeraba, with Easts goalkeeper Luke Kelso in superb form.