Top teams triumph

THE top three teams in both East Gippsland open and women’s hockey competitions consolidated their positions on Saturday.

IN the open, third-placed Orbost defeated Maffra 6-0 with goals from Brendan Coulton, Paul Lavell, Glenn Lavell, Ross Mackenzie, Paul Martin and Craig Martin.

Second-placed Nagle had to fight hard to hold Sale out with a 1-0 win. Ren Crunden-Smith scored the goal which was the difference in a tight match.

Top side Swan Reach was in complete control of its match against Wellington, winning 12-0. Lisa Pruscino scored three goals, Dale Murrell, Matt Cunningham, Michael Tong and Braedan Johnston two each, with Sarah Grixti adding one.

MAFFRA, third on the women’s ladder, had to come from behind to defeat Orbost 3-1.

Linda Martin opened the scoring for Orbost before Kate O’Toole scored twice for Maffra and Kate Ingram added a third.

Second-placed Sale defeated fourth-placed Nagle 3-1.

Prue McNaughton, Julianne Nicholls and Geni Thompson scored for Sale, while Nagle’s goal came from Paula O’Neill.

Ladder leader Swan Reach put in a dominant performance against Wellington to win 17-0. Sarah Whitechurch scored six goals, Shana Snell and Olivia Hooper three each, Sarah Grixti two, while Emma Cunningham, Amelia Hrouda and Jude Lunny scored one goal each.

BAIR NSDALE had the bye.

THE final round of the season will be played on Saturday, with Sale hosting Wellington, Maffra heading to Nagle and Swan Reach hosting Bairnsdale. Orbost will have the bye.