Ballina cop belting
CASUARINA took the points against Ballina with a 5-1 win in their JH Williams hockey clash at the weekend.
In other women's matches, Northern Star was beaten 6-1 by Mullumbimby, Kingscliff managed a 3-2 win over Glee and Easts went down fighting to Waratahs 2-1.
In Lismore, Ballina looked to have a plan to contain the well-drilled Casuarina side in the opening 10 minutes but the opposition kicked up a gear and were four goals up at half-time.
Kym Tuckwell slotted three from close range and Savannah Fitzpatrick rattled the backboard with a lightning fast tomahawk.
Tamara Leonard in goals for Ballina was kept on her toes and saved a number of blistering shots.
Fitzpatrick added another field goal to her tally after the break to take it to 5-0.
Star started well against Mullumbimby but were rocked by two quick goals to Mullumbimby's Jo Tunstall early in the first half.
A defensive error left an open goal for Megan Shepard to score the third goal for Mullumbimby, however Amanda West got onto the board soon after for Star, netting a penalty corner lay-off before the break.
In the second half, Mullum went into overdrive to take it to 6-1.
Kingscliff had the edge over Glee at Murwillumbah.
The local girls played well, with Jodie Danvers working hard while Gabrielle Nance scored two for Kingscliff.
Glee's goal scorers were Sophie McDonogh and Laura Essex.
A penalty corner conversion to Sophie Rodda brought the scores to 2-1.
Easts had their chances to draw level, including a penalty corner near full-time, but were unable to convert.
In the men's competition, in-form Coraki did not score in the first half against United and only gained control of the match well into the second half, running out 3-0 winners.
East Lismore worked hard for their win against a physical Kingscliff side and led 1-0 at the break.
The match was evenly poised at 1-0 with 15 minutes to go but great efforts by Ray Rodda (in his final match), along with great support from Broadbent, Riley, Cooper and Jason Rodda were rewarded with East Lismore picking up three goals in the final 15 minutes to take the match 4-0.
Ballina was always going to be up against it playing the premiers Waratahs and it was made harder without Tony Porter and Jake Baldry in their side.
Waratahs were never threatened and led 4-1 at the break and picked up another three in the second half.
Waratahs were deliberate and calculated in their approach and the combination between Willis and Newell continues to be a key factor in why they do so well. Peter Irby picked up a hat-trick and is playing good hockey.
Redbacks must be wondering what they can do to turn around their recent form.
In two rounds they have had one goal for and 23 against and they did not play that badly against Star.
Star could not do a thing wrong and every play paid off.
Star scored their first goal in the 12th minute and another six in the half, including a hat-trick from Mitch Carter, to go to the break leading 7-0.
Star did not score until midway through the second half and a lot of that can be attributed to the exceptional performance of Redbacks 'keeper Cameron Barnes.
Barnes was Redbacks' best and James Harmon, Scott Dunn and Mitch Carter were Star's best.