Red-hot Tweed teams go on a scoring frenzy
By TANIA PHILLIPS
WHEN you're hot you're hot and the Tweed Border Women's hockey teams proved they were boiling when they took on all-comers in the round four clashes of the JH Williams Premier League Hockey competition at Barrie Smith Hockey field Murwilumbah on Saturday and won. In the four A grade games played in Murwillumbah on Saturday, there were 17 goals scored but none by visiting sides and all four Border teams in action came away with impressive victories. The decisive 6-0 victories by pool one leaders Waratah Falcons over Alstonville and pool two leaders Casuarina over Burleigh has virtually sealed a spot in the top two for both teams even though both have byes in next week's penultimate round. The hot and cold Murwillumbah United got Saturday's "goal feast" off to an impressive start with a solid 3-0 win over Gold Coast club Griffith. United, who had a disappointing start to the super competition, bounced back to form with Kelly Roatz scoring early in the first half to put the Murwillumbah side 1-0 up at the break. Goals to Micheala Smith and Steph Roatz sealed the victory for United who will probably just miss the final series even if they were to win their final two games. Waratahs then took centre stage and looked devastating from the start. They had a dream beginning against Alstonville and were 3-0 up after just seven minutes. Everything they touched seemed to turn to gold or in this case goals with the side's Perrea Dunn (2) and Ebony Philip (1) converting all three of their penalty corner chances. Alstonville, in their first year in the top grade, came back with impressive defence although they lacked the attack needed to penetrate the strong Falcons line. Tiarny Wade scored two impressive goals in the second half with Amy Paron adding the other to give the Burringbar the victory and a 95 percent chance at a finals berth. Mullumbimby had to work hard for their points but with second-place in their pool up for grabs they had plenty of motivation. They eventually won 2-0 but it was hard work against East Lismore who have the best defensive record in the competition. Erin Schumaker put her team on the score board in the 18-th minute with Megan Shepherd scoring the second just two minutes from the game's end. Casuarina showed why they are leading the second pool with a 6-0 victory over Burleigh. Talented youngster Hannah Raftery scored two as did Katrina Sprinfield with one each to Kim Small and Tiffany Berryman. Kingscliff, who had the bye, were the only Tweed side not in action. Meanwhile the men's action was all in Lismore on Saturday and the Tweed teams didn't fair as well as their female counterparts. Newcomers Casuarina were the only ones to get any points drawing two-all with Northern Star. It was an evenly matched game in wet conditions with Casuarina scoring in the third minute through Ben Wightley before Mark Alvertini scored the equaliser. It was Northern Star's turn to lead in the second half with Thomas Vantaggiato scoring in the 39th froma penalty corner but Casuarina hit straight back with Wightley scoring his second field goal in the 40th minute. In the other games Ballina defeated Redbacks 5-0 with Alstonville beating Mullumbimby 4-0.