Coraki building for premiership
CORAKI are in good form and Alstonville will need to improve on last round to be a chance in their Far North Coast A-grade men’s hockey match at Hepburn Park,Goonellabah, today.
In the other game, Northern Star will take on East Lismore.
With four rounds to play, the minor premiership is up for grabs between Northern Star (19 points) and Coraki (18). Ballina and East Lismore are out of contention while Alstonville are only a mathematical chance.
Ballina are only three points behind East Lismore and could still sneak fourth spot in the semi-finals.
Alstonville are coming off consecutive losses, the most recent 6-0 to Star, and their confidence would be down.
Coraki had the bye last week and are at full strength with the return from injury of Simon Brown.
Their recent win over Northern Star would have spurred them on.
With the minor premiership the goal, Coraki will throw all they have at the red-soilers.
Coraki have improved their strength on the ball, with accurate passing, solid defence, great teamwork and player support making them a real chance for the premiership.
Alstonville will need to close down David Brown – no easy task with all the options at his disposal.
Alstonville have the potential and are capable of winning this match.
Dwayne White is working hard, as are Owen Head and Heath Edwards.
Northern Star and East Lismore are coming off impressive wins.
Star is the form side. They were were convincing against Alstonville, so East Lismore will need to be at their best.
Star are solid across the field but their ability to score goals is what sets them apart.
Mitch Carter picked up a hat-trick last match, while Harmon, McGuiness and Waring frequently get on the scorers’ list.
Easts goalkeeper Kelso has been in good form and will be doing all he can to keep the Star men at bay.
Easts looked good last week when they defeated Ballina. They were boosted by the return of Ryan Holding and if he is available this week he can lift Easts to another level.
Daniel Hughes picked up a hat-trick last Saturday and is finding form at the right end of the season.
A-grade: Northern Star 19, Coraki 18, Alstonville 11, East Lismore 7, Ballina 4.
Reserve grade: Northern Star 40, Coraki 37, East Lismore 24, North Lismore 15, Alstonville 7, Ballina 7.
B-grade: Northern Star 32, East Lismore 30, Coraki 25, North Lismore 19, Ballina 14, Summerlanders 5, Alstonville 2.
C-grade: Alstonville 31, Ballina 28, East Lismore 11, Northern Star 5.
FAR North Coast Hockey has been praised by the State association and visiting teams for how the North State Under-13 championships were organised last month.
As a bonus, Far North Coast has had Aaron Scurr (Coraki) and Nick Layton (Alstonville) selected in a State Under-13 train-on squad.
The two boys are away this weekend in pursuit of a spot in the State team.
TREVOR Dancer (Ballina club) and Mick Kell (Northern Star) have been selected in the NSW Over-55 and Over-60 teams respectively for the Australian championships at Bunbury in Western Australia in October.