Capri too slick for Coraki
GOLD COAST team Capri played with only 10 men but still put six goals past Coraki in JH Williams Premier League men’s hockey at Goonellabah yesterday.
Coraki’s 6-0 loss was part of a mixed day for Far North Coast teams, with Northern Star playing a 4-all draw with Burleigh on the Gold Coast and Alstonville defeating Mudgeeraba 3-2.
Capri put their stamp on the competition and were three goals up after 20 minutes.
While the attack was outstanding, their defence was as good as I have seen.
It was not all one-way traffic. Coraki applied plenty of pressure in the first half, forcing six penalty corners, but could not convert.
Capri’s man-to-man marking was solid and Coraki’s options were kept to a minimum.
Former Far North Coast players Brad Mathers and Adam McCowan were outstanding for Capri and they offered no breaks to their former association mates.
Capri maintained the pressure in the second half and capitalised with two field goals and a penalty stroke.
Corey Thomas and Chad Morgan did all they could to keep Coraki in it but the Capri attack, led by Mathers, was too good.
Coraki’s best were Mitchell Scotcher, Ben Ward and David Brown.
Alstonville started under the hammer against Mudgeeraba, defending successive penalty corners in the first four minutes, but took the lead soon after with a penalty corner conversion to Mitch Harley.
Mudgeeraba levelled almost immediately with an untidy penalty corner that eventually resulted in a lucky goal.
The visitors scored a second and Alstonville hit back, and at the break it was 2-all.
Alstonville took the lead early in the second half with a good individual effort from Troy Cooper.
Mudgeeraba applied pressure with seemingly continuous penalty corners but could not convert.
Crispo in goals for Alstonville denied the visitors time and again.
Mudgeeraba had most of the attack but Alstonville withstood it all and put in a good team effort across the park.
Alstonville’s best were Jay Wotherspoon, Alex McKendrick and Troy Cooper.
Star played in what onlookers said was a scrappy game against Burleigh on the Gold Coast but they remain undefeated. It was 2-all at half-time and 4-all at full-time.
The umpires were kept busy, issuing three yellow cards.
Best for Star were Aaron Head, Chris McGuiness and Darryl Hughes.