Redbacks run riot in opener

THE Murwillumbah Redbacks launched their 2009 Tweed District Hockey campaign in fine style as they ran out comfortable 5-0 winners over Mullumbimby at the Barrie Smith Fields on Saturday.

Luke McMahon finished with four goals as last year's losing grand finalists signalled their intent with a dominant display.

With McMahon on target early there was no stopping Redbacks as they raced out to a 3-0 lead after just eight minutes.

Mullumbimby managed to stem the flow but Redbacks were looking comfortable at the break.

In the second half the Murwillumbah side continued to assert their dominance, slotting home two unanswered goals, including one from Dylan Wotherspoon.

Mullumbimby had opportunities to score but were unable to get past Redbacks 'keeper Cameron Barnes who was signed from Casuarina during the off-season.

In the other men's Division One match played at the weekend, reigning premiers Waratahs launched their title defence with a 2-0 win over Casuarina United.

A strong performance from Casuarina 'keeper 'Guru' Laskowski ensured a goalless first half but second-half goals from Waratahs captain Tim Willis and Michael Newell sealed the win.

Kingscliff had the bye in the opening round.

In the opening round on the women's competition, reigning premiers Waratahs accounted for United 3-0.

Waratahs looked in control throughout and goals from Bobbi-Jo Philip, Candice Philip and Amy Paron ensured a winning start to the season.

In the other women's Division One match, Mullumbimby and Casuarina played out a 1-1 draw.

Shari East scored for Casuarina while Catie Smith found the equaliser for Mullumbimby.

For an in-depth analysis of the women's teams in this year's competition, read Andrew Kirby's column in Friday's Tweed Daily News.

The Tweed Border Hockey Association draw will be published in the Tweed Daily News each Tuesday.

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