Izzy Power (headband) on the charge for Waratahs.
Izzy Power (headband) on the charge for Waratahs.

Waratahs lose a tight tussle

AN outstanding defensive effort by the Mullumbimby women's first division side helped them to a 1-0 victory over Waratahs in their JH Williams Premier Hockey League clash in Murwillumbah on Saturday.

Waratahs, the reigning Tweed Border Hockey Association premiers, were coming off a heavy loss to Labrador and were out to get back on the winner's list, but in a very tight match, Mullumbimby held firm despite the Burringbar-based side having numerous scoring opportunities.

Both sides, after a scoreless first half, created plenty of scoring chances, but it wasn't until there were just six minutes to go that Mullum's Samantha Iwanuscha broke the deadlock to give her side the valuable win.

In another big result, Kingscliff overpowered Mudgeeraba 3-0 to claim a much-needed confidence boosting win in the competition.

Under the guidance of veteran Lorelle Morrissey, the young Kingscliff outfit was rewarded for its enthusiasm and perseverance after suffering a number of narrow losses during the season.

Casuarina was “'gifted” a 5-0 result against Griffith Uni after the Gold Coast club failed to turn up.

It was a disappointing performance from Uni who didn't even advise Casuarina that they would be unable to play the game.

In the men's competition, Kingscliff travelled to Lismore and chalked up a thrilling 5-4 win over Ballina.

In a see-sawing match where Kingscliff opened the scoring, the lead changed hands several times with the sides going to the half-time break locked at 2-all.

Ballina came out firing in the second half to take the lead, but with only six minutes remaining Kingscliff found themselves trailing 4-3.

The visitors were able to equalise, and then with only a minute left on the clock, Kingscliff's Henry Prichard hit the winning goal, his third for the day.

In other matches, Mullumbimby scored a 2-0 victory over Redbacks while Waratahs were credited with a 5-0 win over Labrador after the Gold Coast was the second team on the weekend to forfeit due to having a number of players participating in the Brisbane competition.



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