Kingscliff reign as drought is broken
By TANIA PHILLIPS
KINGSCLIFF ended a 10-year premiership drought with a hard-fought victory over the Waratah Falcons in the Tweed-Border Hockey grand final at Murwillumbah on Saturday. The girls in green downed the defending premiers 2-1 at Barrie Smith Hockey Field to claim their first A Grade title in a decade. It was sweet revenge for the side who tasted the bitter tears of defeat last year, going down to Falcons in the decider. "The difference between this year and last was this year they wanted it twice as much and they believed in themselves," Kingscliff coach Adam Warbutson said. However, Warbutson said the Waratahs were always capable of coming back at them and he didn't relax until the game was over. Waratahs goalkeeper Carly Paron, who came in for her injured cousin Kim Bonomi, was instrumental in keeping her side in the game - particularly as Kingscliff's forwards, led by the dangerous Lorelle Morrissey, went on the attack in the second half. Waratahs looked to dominate early, getting a corner just three minutes in but they failed to convert. After several more attacking runs they were finally rewarded for their sustained pressure when right-half Petria Lickiss slotted home the opening goal. But they had little time to celebrate with Morrissey converting a penalty corner just two minutes later. The score remained locked at 1-1 at the break but within minutes of the start of the second half Morrissey scored her second goal to give Kingscliff a 2-1 lead. The pace picked up as both teams tried hard to score. Waratahs tried to mount several attacking runs but Kingscliff were able to counter every move they made. It was a disappointing day for the super strong Waratahs club which field teams in all three senior women's finals. In division two, their Wrens side, minor premiers, went down 2-1 to the determined Pottsville side with Julie Chapman scoring both goals for Pottsville. In division three, Mullumbimby beat Waratah Gulls 2-0 with Jane Beattie and Kelly Davis scoring the goals in the first half.