ROUND two of East Gippsland hockey was played in relatively warm and sunny windy conditions.
In the women’s competition, Sale defeated Orbost in a closely contested game in ideal conditions at Stephenson Park.
A goal early in the second half by Emily Carrolan for Sale was the only score of the match.
Bairnsdale defeated Wellington 6-0 with goals from Else Bramwell (three), Trish Comer, Kellie Whitechurch and Taryn Haylock.
Swan Reach had a solid 5-0 win over Nagle. Goals were scored by Shana Snell (two), Beck Corben, Sarah Grixti, and Jude Lunny.
EMILY Carrolan continued her scoring, helping the Sale’s men’s team draw against Orbost.
The match began at a fast pace with Sale able to score within the first minute after a breakaway move which saw Carrolan find the net.
Despite Orbost pressing hard and looking dangerous at times, Sale’s 1-0 lead remained intact at half-time.
The second half saw experienced campaigner Brendan Coulton level the scores.
Both sides continued to press hard and try to get a break but neither side was able to trouble the scorer.
Bairnsdale had an emphatic 15-0 victory at home against Wellington. Ed Long scored six goals, Riley Simpson four, Ry Mutimer three, Scott Smith two and Greg Wood one.
Nagle showed again it will be the team to beat with a 4-1 win over Nagle. Oscar Crunden-Smith (three) and Chas Newcomen scored for Nagle, while Swan Reach’s goal came from Dale Murrell.
In a fast high quality game, Nagle was too strong in the men’s. Swan Reach tried hard all day but was unable to match the superior firepower of Nagle.
MAFFRA had the bye.
ON Saturday Swan Reach will travel to Wellington, Orbost will host Maffra and Nagle will host Sale. Bairnsdale has the bye.