Waratah Tim gets the win
REIGNING men’s premiers Waratahs have captain Tim Willis to thanks in their 3-1 win over Casuarina United in their Tweed Border Hockey Association division one men’s clash in Murwillumbah over the weekend.
After coming off a surprise 1-all draw with Kingscliff in Burringbar the previous week, Waratahs were expected to come out firing against Casuarina United, but the 3-1 scoreline didn’t reflect the close nature of what proved to be a very entertaining game.
It was a couple of pieces of Willis brilliance which proved the difference between the two sides, though the Tweed Coast merger side can take plenty of heart from the game.
Casuarina United remained right in the contest, but it was Willis who turned the game after converting corner hits into points, notching all three of the club’s goals.
In the other men’s division one match, Redbacks had to overcome a sluggish start and some missed opportunities by Mullumbimby to come away 5-1 winners over the Taipans.
Redbacks were kept in the match by the brilliant work of Cameron Barnes, who played well for the Tweed Border under-18s boy’s team in their recent Queensland State Championship win.
The Murwillumbah side had to come from behind after Mullum jumped to an early 1-0 lead through a goal to Brendan Iwanuscha.
Mullum had numerous chances to extend their lead, but great goal defence by Barnes allowed Redbacks to stay in touch with an equaliser to Josh Barnes.
The second half again saw Mullum apply the pressure, but chances in front of the goals went begging, and that opened the door for Redbacks who finally started to fire midway through the second half to pile on four goals with a double to Mick Hall and goals to Jake Farrell and Matt Shaw.
The win has given Redbacks some much-needed confidence going into the first round of the JH Williams competition starting this weekend after the side failed to win a game in last year’s comp.
Kingscliff men had the bye.