THE Gerringong Lions made a strong first impression to the women's Illawarra Touch Premier League competition on Monday, by defeating Group Seven rivals Stingrays of Shellharbour 6-1 in the opening round at Thomas Dalton Park.
With a 3-nil half-time lead, the Lions went on with the job in the second half - to move to 1-0 in their debut Wollongong Touch Association campaign.
Wollongong Touch women's open representative Mackenzie Ford was pivotal in directing traffic, as she was named player of the match.
"It was a great hit out for our first game - very fast paced and we were all pretty tired by the end," captain Danielle Ford said.
"We are looking forward to more game time together and we can only get better."
Elsewhere in the women's competition, Albion Park-Oak Flats fell to Corrimal 8-2, while Jamberoo got their title defence underway with a 3-1 win over Woonona Bushrangers.
In the men's division, Stingrays of Shellharbour blew a 5-2 lead late, as the Thirroul Butchers scored with a minute to go - making it 5-all at full-time.
Helensburgh and Corrimal played out a 3-all draw, while Dapto edged out Wests Illawarra 9-7 - despite an impressive display from several Gerringong Lions including Tyran Wishart.
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