Star extends unbeaten Allstars in hockey
By JIM CHALLENOR ALLSTARS and Waratahs maintained their unbroken winning run in J H Williams Premier League men's hockey at the weekend.
Casuarina and East Lismore are next, while Ballina and Northern Star dropped off the pace.
At Hepburn Park, Goonellabah, Allstars were push-ed to their limit in a 4-3 win over Northern Star.
There were some very skilful players on the field but the match lacked any flow and Allstars pushed the umpires to the edge several times.
Star started splendidly with Phil Hancock (9m fg) skilfully slotting one of his better goals of the year.
Thomas Vantaggiato, Brad Hassett and James Harmon coolly controlled the midfield, while goalkeeper Aaron Head and Ryan McGuiness were sublime in defence with good support from Daryl Hughes.
Not used to being behind, Allstars' frustration was evident with many of their better shots on goal negated, and undisciplined play dominated the first half.
However, Allstars revelled in the broken play with Eamon Munroe (30m pc, 34m fg) finally rewarded to give them a 2-1 half-time lead.
The second half was a better spectacle. Liam (42m pc) and Eamon (55m pc) Munroe scored after their good work with tremendous support from brother Garath, Nathan Tamassi and Matt Hughes.
In defence, Heath Fitzpatrick and goalkeeper Kane Cranny stood out for Allstars just as Star looked set to lift over them deep in the second half.
Hughes (43m fg) gave Star some hope and youngster Mitchell Carter (68m fg) scored to cap a mature second-half performance, but Star's inability to score on other occasions cost them.
Ballina and Mudgeeraba drew 1-all.
Ballina began well but were often thwarted by the quality saves of Mudgeeraba goalkeeper Aidan Embry.
Mitchell Harley's goal (21m pc) continued his good recent form with great assistance from Jake Baldry, Wayne Porter, Brett Winkler and Sam Davis.
However, without Daniel Riley Ballina appeared to lack their recent drive.
Ballina's defence, with Brett Crawford, goalkeeper Josh Hanley and Tony Porter, was as dependable as ever.
Mudgeeraba's Miebaka Dede (64m fg) finally pick-ed one goal after a consistent game.
At Murwillumbah, Alstonville failed to repeat last week's quality performance, staggering to a tame 2-all draw with Kingscliff.
Alstonville coach Grahame Baxter was disappointed that the side failed to capitalise on the platform it had created.
A failure to be patient in build-up and convert chances cost Alstonville dearly.
Newcomers Jade Taylor, Casey Lees and Steve Law joined Bill Beohm as Alstonville's best, with Joe and Bill Beohm the goal-scorers.
Waratahs found their match a little harder than expected, outlasting Coraki 2-1. Isaac Reading and Todd Stanfield scored for Waratahs, while young Ben Ward scored for Coraki.
At Hunt Park, Labrador, East Lismore finally got the monkey off their back with a scintillating 4-1 victory over an under-strength Labrador.
Easts coach Mark Rodda said club stalwart Stan McPhee was the ideal talisman the team needed to turn around their form on the road.
After failing to trouble the scorer too much in recent times, Easts made the most of the first-half opportunities for a 4-0 half-time lead.
Dave Willis (two), Jake Temporali and Daniel Hughes scored Easts' goals after a frenzy of activity and good service out of midfield.
Raymond Rodda's influence in the midfield is a clear reflection of the benefits of playing in the Brisbane A-grade competition. He received great support from Willis, Temporali, Matt Rodda, Chris Clark and Daniel Hughes.
In defence, Nathan Hughes continues to celebrate his return to the keeping role, with excellent support in front of him from Anthony Moss, Matt Currie and Jamie Heatherington.
Without a number of their senior and experienced players, Labrador struggled for consistency.
Casuarina outpaced United 4-2, while Burleigh were far too good for Redbacks, winning 4-1.