CHASING: Star’s Brad Hussett and Simon Brown battle for possession.
CHASING: Star’s Brad Hussett and Simon Brown battle for possession.

Coraki just too good in A-Grade hockey grand final

A GOOD crowd was on hand to watch the Far North Coast Hockey grand finals at Goonellabah on Saturday.

It was a great start for Northern Star, who won the C-grade against Ballina 2-0, with goals to Jessie Hughes and Paul Kelly.

Ballina defeated Coraki 1-0 in the B-grade, the goal scored by Neil Chaseling.

In Reserve grade, Coraki got over Star 3-1.

Tom Brown scored late in the first half for Coraki and early in the second section Harrison Smith found the net for Star to tie things up.

FOCUS: Coraki’s Zach Clark is full of anticipation during the Men’s A grade Northern Star v Coraki grand final at Goonellabah on Saturday.
FOCUS: Coraki’s Zach Clark is full of anticipation during the Men’s A grade Northern Star v Coraki grand final at Goonellabah on Saturday. Nolan Verheij-Full

With 17 minutes to go, Coraki hit the lead through Matt Scurr.

Trent Brown put it out of Star's reach when he converted a penalty stroke.

Things started with a rush in the main game, with both teams going flat out.

It was all even and Coraki were on top but then Chris McGuiness for Star put the finishing touches on a penalty corner after 13 minutes to give them the lead.

Coraki became incentivised after that goal and played some brilliant hockey but could not score.

At the other end, Cameron Horne in goal for Coraki kept his side in the match with some incredible saves.

SAFE: Coraki’s goalkeeper Cameron Horne making one of many great saves during the grand final.
SAFE: Coraki’s goalkeeper Cameron Horne making one of many great saves during the grand final.

At the break Star had a slender 1-0 lead. With 12 minutes to go, Sam Brown made a break, laid off long to the left and the ball came back into the circle at pace.

Peter Duncan got the perfect touch, giving Aaron Head no chance and levelling things up.

Coraki took over and peppered the opposition defence but could not crack the Star defence again: 1-1.

The game went into drop-off 9-a -side with no result, then to 7-a-side, and to 5-a -side with no result in the first five-minute section.

In the second section Ethan White did the job for Coraki and they ended Star's reign 2-1.

Best on ground was Brown for Coraki.



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