Rookie ?keeper steps up
A KNEE injury looks to have ended Waratahs goalkeeper Kimberly Bonomi's season but the defending premiers may have found the perfect replacement for their Tweed-Border Women's Hockey campaign.
Bonomi injured her knee playing soccer during the week forcing field player Carly Paron to step into the breach for Saturday's clash with Redbacks.
Paron, who had played in goals in lower grade competition but never in the top division, produced a fine performance as Waratahs ran out 7-1 winners.
"She did a fine job for her first time in goal," Tweed Border publicity officer Angela Edwards said.
Paron's starring role rubbed off on her sister Amy who finished with three goals while Ebony Philip grabbed two. Tiarne Wade and Bobbie Philip rounded out the scorers. Redbacks fought back with a late goal to Alicia Harvey.
In Saturday's other game, last year's beaten grand finalists Kingscliff ran over the Murwillumbah United Vipers 4-1.
Kingscliff were 2-0 up at the half-time break courtesy of two short corner conversions to Kelli Moore.
A third penalty conversion, this time to Sam Morton had the sea-siders up 3-0 and cruising to an easy victory.
However a penalty corner rebound to Vipers' Shari Johnston midway through the half reduced the deficit.
But in the final minute brilliant individual skill by Lorelle Morrissey saw the score go out to 4-1. Morrissey dragged the ball around the fullbacks, drew the 'keeper before slotting the ball into the net.
The men's competition returns this weekend after a one-week break originally organised due to the Coulter Shield Open men's competition planned this weekend.
The competition was abandoned when some teams withdrew.