Swan Reach too strong

SWAN Reach was too strong for Maffra, wining 3-0 in the opening round of East Gippsland women’s hockey.

The away side’s goals were scored by Rebecca Corben, Denise Rothwell and Sarah Whitechurch.

After a tight first half, Nagle eventually wore down a renewed Wellington line-up to win 5-0.

It was an enjoyable match at Lions Park.

Fiona Morrison scored three goals, while Leah Livingstone and Natasha Blackshaw scored one goal each.

Orbost women edged out Bairnsdale 3-2.

V. Ingram-Daniel, Elly Smith, and A. Craddock scored for Orbost, while I. Egan responded with two goals for Bairnsdale.

IN the men’s competition, Swan Reach defeated Maffra 10-0.

The match took place in heavy rain, but it did not affect Swan Reach. Jon Knight scored four goals and Dale Murrell two, with one each from Toby Anderson, Braedan Johnstone, Simon Murrell and Damian Snell.

Nagle was far too strong for Wellington, winning 12-0.

Oscar Crunden-Smith scored a hat-trick, Ren Crunden-Smith and Casey Mitchell scored two goals each, while Lachie Bartlett, Rogan Bartlett, Padraic Crunden-Smith, Ben Howden and Charles Newcommen scored one each.

Wellington introduced new goalkeeper Paul Howell, who delivered a spectacular display of goal keeping skill to provide an entertaining match.

In another high quality match, Orbost was too strong for Bairnsdale, winning 3-1.

Mike Irvine scored two goals and Paul Lavell one for Orbost, while Bairnsdale’s goal was scored by R Mutimer.

SALE had the bye.

ON Saturday, Sale will host Orbost, Wellington takes on Bairnsdale and Nagle plays Swan Reach. Maffra has the bye.