Overcoming Orbost challenge

Jess Cull leaps as Caitlin Frisina fires into goal, however the goal was disallowed. Frisina later went on to score the winner for Maffra. Photo: Contributed

David Braithwaite

IN cool conditions at Orbost, Maffra’s teams worked hard in the challenging grass conditions on Saturday, coming away with four wins and a loss in the East Gippsland Hockey Association.
The women’s match proved to be a tight affair, with both teams attacking throughout.
Maffra looked to have taken the lead in the second half, but the goal was disallowed. Soon after, Orbost also had a goal disallowed.
The game looked to be playing out for a draw, when Caitlin Frisina scored late to give Maffra a 1-0 victory.
The Maffra open team put in its strongest performance of the season to defeat an inexperienced Orbost team 8-1.
Maffra’s younger players took control of the game, with Hamish MacGregor and Nathan White scoring three goals each, and Lachie White scoring twice. Tyson Wilson scored for Orbost.
SWAN Reach had the better of its home games against Wellington.
The host won the open match 13-1, with Darcy Simpson scoring four goals, Lisa James, Glenn Lavell and Josh Lavell two each, and Josh Ward and Rebecca Corben one each. Wellington’s goal came from Corey Scott.
Swan Reach won the women’s match 11-1. James and Sarah Grixti both scored hat-tricks, while Emma Cunningham and Philippa Lang scored two goals each, and Corben and Sarah Steele one each. Bianca Maiden scored for the visitors.
AT the Gippsland Regional Sports Complex, Sale defeated Nagle-Bairnsdale 3-0 in the open and 2-1 in the women’s.
MAFFRA will play Wellington in the women’s and open sections  on Friday night at the Gippsland Regional Sports Complex from 6.30pm and 7.55pm respectively.
The two clubs’ junior teams will play on Saturday morning at the GRSC before Sale plays Orbost, culminating with the open match from 6.35pm. Elsewhere, Nagle-Bairnsdale will host Swan Reach.