Coraki big test for Aville
JH WILLIAMS Premier League men’s hockey continues this weekend with games at Goonellabah,Murwillumbah and on the Gold Coast.
At Goonellabah, Alstonville will be coming off successive wins when they take on Coraki at 5.45pm today.
The game will be a good test for Alstonville if they hope to feature in the finals.
Coraki will have their full side apart from possibly Simon Brown, whose injured calf muscle has kept him sidelined for two weeks.
Back near full strength, Coraki will be keen to put their 8-1 loss to Waratahs last round behind them.
Mitch Harley’s five goals for Alstonville last round were not flukes and he has some fast maturing players around him, so Coraki’s defence will need to be onits game.
After a first-round bye, East Lismore will play Kingscliff at Murwillumbah.
Kingscliff lost to Burleigh 4-0 last week and Easts lost to Alstonville in their last outing in the Far North Coast competition.
East Lismore will be looking to do better – they were not that far away against Alstonville and with a week’s break should be competitive.
The home ground and Easts being without four key players – Michael Broadbent, Simon Mackney and Ryan Holding – should give Kingscliff the edge.
Being without this number of regulars will put the onus on Dan Riley and Matt Rodda up front and the replacements will need to be at their best and lift to keep Easts competitive.
Ballina play All Stars on the Gold Coast tomorrow.
All Stars are a class outfit and Ballina will have to improve on recent performances to test them.
Ballina have the potential with a full complement of A-grade players but lately they have been below their best.
Consistent players like Porter, Davis and Garrett would start in any A-grade side but they can’t do it on their own.
In Premier League women’s games today at Hepburn Park, Ballina play Easts, Northern Star tackles Mullumbimby and perennial Far North Coast premiers Glee take on Alstonville.