Ballina’s Nathan Fryer, left, tangles with Coraki’s Ethan White in A-grade men’s hockey last Saturday. Coraki won 9-2.
Ballina’s Nathan Fryer, left, tangles with Coraki’s Ethan White in A-grade men’s hockey last Saturday. Coraki won 9-2. Hamish Broome

Coraki brimming with confidence after big win

FAR North Coast teams will face Clarence opposition in the fourth round of Premier League men’s hockey this weekend.

At Grafton, Ballina play Bears from 4.15pm today and Coraki take on Royals from 2.55pm tomorrow.

In Lismore, East Lismore will host Barbarians from 2.15pm tomorrow.

Northern Star has received a forfeit from Sailors in A-grade and reserve grade, and the FNC executive has made it clear to its Grafton counterpart that it’s not too happy.

The Grafton sides are generally very competitive.

East Lismore had its first loss of the season last week and will look for a more consistent effort tomorrow with better ball control and tighter defence.

Mitch Harley and Isaac Layton are always a threat to score.

Coraki is brimming with confidence after a big win last round, scoring nine goals, and they will like their chances against Royals, even at Grafton.

Matt Scurr scored four quality goals last round and if given space he could do it again today.

Ballina will need a better effort away against Bears if they are to make inroads in this competition.

Sam Davis and Nathan Fryer can score goals and make ground, and their performance could be the difference.

Crawford and Garrett in defence are as good as any and will keep the Grafton side honest inside Ballina’s circle.

Glee looking strong again

IN Far North Coast A-grade women’s hockey this afternoon, Easts play Glee in Lismore.

Glee showed why they are perennial premiers with a solid 6-0 win last round over a good Ballina side.

The young East Lismore side will need to be on top of their game.

Glee’s Hetherington, Hughes and Guest are consistent strikers and have good midfield support.

Easts’ standout players of late have been Tegan Elliot and Ellen Seller with the ever reliable Karen Eakin heading up the defence.



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