Three clubs reach significant milestones
By JIM CHALLENOR HOCKEY on the Far North Coast reaches an interesting milestone this year.
The Northern Star Hockey Club celebrate 80 years and will mark the occasion with a dinner tonight.
East Lismore is celebrating 60 years and Alstonville 75 years.
This is a feather in the cap of each of these proud clubs, the association and all hockey players, past and present.
Far North Coast men??s hockey marks the weekend with a right royal round of games at Hepburn Park, Goonellabah. In the first match today, Northern Star meets East Lismore at 1.30pm.
Both teams are in excellent form,?? however ??Star showed last week that the return of Mark Harris had invigorated their approach with an exceptional showing.
Easts will need to be on their guard. They had a sharp reminder last weekend of just how hard the competition is going to be when Coraki pushed them all the way in a 3-all draw.
The temporary loss of fullback Jamie Hetherington unsettled their rhythm.
In the other game, Coraki will meet the improving Alstonville at 4.20pm.
The return of Michael Grande and Scott Gallagher was a great tonic for Coraki. Coach Adrian McGrath made the most of their chances with a hat-trick of goals.
The young and developing Alstonville side show plenty of courage and determination.
Lachlan McKendrick, Daniel Lidbetter and Troy Cooper are doing a great job in midfield.
And their defence, led by Luke Emerson, Tom Harris, Todd Seymour and Dwayne White, is as dour as any in the competition.
Ballina has the bye.