Ballina took on Murwillumbah at the Ballina Turf where Nathan Fryer watches as the ball goes airborne right in front of the Murwillumbah goals.
Ballina took on Murwillumbah at the Ballina Turf where Nathan Fryer watches as the ball goes airborne right in front of the Murwillumbah goals.

Coraki all class against Easts

CORAKI once again showed their hockey class and legitimacy as a JH Williams Shield threat with a solid 4-1 victory over East Lismore.

In other weekend results, Northern Star defeated Kingscliff 5-3 and Ballina beat Murwillumbah 2-1.

Coraki defeated Easts in a calculated and deliberate way.

Zach Clark opened Coraki’s account with a quality field goal mid-way through the half and Adrian McGrath added a second for his side to go to the break leading 2-0.

Easts were in the match at that stage but Coraki maintained their dominance and outplayed Easts in the second half with another two goals to McGrath and Harley.

Corey Thomas was outstanding for Coraki breaking up Easts’ attack on numerous occasions, so much so that he was named player of the match.

Northern Star continued their good form in defeating Kingscliff 5-3 at Murwillumbah.

Star led 3-1 at half-time in what was a hard fought first stanza with Kingscliff providing plenty of assertiveness in their game taking it to Star from the outset.

Star weathered the storm well and was able to put three goals in before the break.

The second half was a closer contest with a 2-all result for that period.

Kingscliff pushed the visitors all the way, were still competitive and the final score did not reflect the closeness of the game.

Goals went to Star’s Matt Harmon (two), Sam McPherson (one), Mitchell Carter (one) and Thomas Vantiggiato (one).

Derby Bergan was named best and fairest.

Ballina were hosts to Murwillumbah and led 2-0 at the break with goals to Baldry and Davis.

In the second half Murwillumbah was dominant and won the half 1-0.

Ballina was without Tony Porter (hip) and Neil Chaseling (calf muscle) but welcomed back Tony Meldrum who has been out since the third round with a knee injury.

Ballina was not convincing but they held back a determined Murwillumbah outfit that scored the only goal of the half with six minutes remaining.


Glee and Waratahs live up to pre-game hype

LOCAL premiers Glee played their best hockey of the season but it was not enough for them to beat major premiers Waratahs, going down 4-3.

Glee opened the game against visitors Waratahs with several penetrating runs.

Persistence in front of goal was rewarded when Kim Chappel, in her first game back after injury, touched the ball into the goal in the eighth minute of the game.

Both teams played outstanding hockey with the play fluctuating from end to end.

Nicole Danvers added another two for Glee and Emily Hetherington and Kate Stewart scored two goals each for Waratahs to give them the win.

In other results, Ballina defeated Kingscliff 2-0 and Northern Star and East Lismore had a 1-1 draw.

In the early game at Lismore, both Star and Easts played non-constructive hockey in the first half.

During the second half both teams put in a much better effort.

Amanda West was in the right place to score after one of Star’s attacking runs involving Natalie Psarabis, Amy Coshan and Tracey Makings.

Easts fought back and from a scramble in the circle Danielle Rodda equalised.

Brooke Riley (right inner) and Charmaine McGrath (right wing) combined well and Julie McFadden had a top game in goal.

In Ballina, Kingscliff had the better of the attack early, with Lorelle Morrisey threatening on occasions.

Kingscliff was awarded a string of penalty corners but denied the opportunity to convert through strong defence by Emily Hunter and Michelle Anderson.

Hunter also starred at the other end of the field, scoring off a penalty corner rebound and the Seasiders went to the break 1-0 up.

Ballina maintained their composure in the second half and were able to contain the Kingscliff attack through disciplined defence.

A penalty stroke awarded to the Seasiders after a poor tackle on midfielder Sarah Spargo in the circle saw Hunter make no mistake with the conversion, slotting the ball into the back of the net.

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