Swooping in to win

LAST Saturday, Waratah Falcons travelled to the Gold Coast to take on Labrador in a division one women's match.

The last time these two teams met, the Falcons went down 6-0.

But that was not to be repeated with the Falcons turning up and looking to redeem themselves.

And they did just that - scoring three goals in the first 15 minutes of the game.

Falcons went on the attack right from the whistle and after three minutes, Bobby Philip, got a pass from her sister Ebony and slotted in the first goal.

Then six minutes in, striker Izzy Power, with a controlled reverse stick flick, found the top corner of the net.

Falcons kept the pressure on when Lucy Reading received a pass from the far left of the field and slotted their third goal in a great opening stanza.

At this stage, Labrador woke up and defended 'til half time with a score of 3-0.

In the second half, Labrador came out firing, throwing everything at the Waratahs.

But they defended strongly, lead by keeper Deena Colefax who kept out nine short corners to keep a clean sheet.

Ebony Philip put the game beyond doubt scoring the fourth goal.

This was a great effort considering all the big names who play for Labrador.

Falcons had no short corners for and nine against.

These girls train rain, hail or shine and are very determined.

Dave Reading trains them very hard and has got a strong culture in that team and keeps them well disciplined.

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IT seemed that last Saturday was a bad day for goal keepers.

Mullumbimby's Scott Gadsby from division one busting his knee which forced fullback, 'Nuggets' Nowland to fill in as kicking back until half time in the match against Kingscliff.

In reserve grade, the match between Redbacks and Pottsville was cancelled at half time when Redbacks' keeper Angus Donald needed to be taken away by ambulance after being knocked out from a knee to the head from a Pottsville attacker.

I stepped into the goals and just on half time got hit on the knee from Pottsville's Troy Taggot (which I saved ha ha!) and could not play on.

Angus is doing okay now, and a thank you goes out to Pottsville for your sportsmanship and helping with Angus when the accident occurred.

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LAST week in Kingscliff, United's division three played Kingscliff and won 4-2.

But it was not all glory for United after all their goals were scored by the lone striker - which happened to be Craig 'Fog Horn' Leslighter who let all his team mates know who scored them.

A comment from his team-mates was that he had to travel home in the back of a ute because his head was too large to get in the car.

I was told that three goals were hit by Lionel 'Ox' Foster and Leslighter allegedly “stole” the goals and a fourth goal which was going in after being hit by Daniel 'Groover' Gray, was also stolen by Leslighter.

When I tried to contact Leslighter, his management told me he was in talks with Japanese rugby union and the Gold Coast Football Club.

He was unable to comment.

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THE association held a meeting this week to address bad behaviour on the field and how to deal with it.

There's no room in hockey or any sport for bad sportsmanship on or off the field - after all everyone is out there to enjoy themselves and the game as well.

There's so much to celebrate about hockey and the people who play it, let's not the actions of a very small minority ruin it for everyone - enjoy your games!

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