Coraki need to nail their chances

FAR North Coast teams will be involved in three of the five games in JH Williams Premier League men's hockey this weekend.

East Lismore and Ballina have byes.

Coraki play Capri in Lismore tomorrow from 12.50pm in what should be a close one.

Coraki need more accuracy than they showed last week against Mudgeeraba if they areto come out on top.

Capri had the bye last round but defeated Waratahs the week before and their teamwork and game skills are as good as any.

Coraki was unlucky last weekend – they had their opportunities and missed goals that would normally have been scored.

Their young players are improving every game. Lachlan Scotcher featured in the player points last round and his younger brother Mitchell and Zach Clark also performed well.

Coraki will again look to these boys and young Britt and Olive to link with Ben Moss and David Brown to pressure the Capridefence.

Alstonville will be tested by Mudgeeraba in the 2.15pm game tomorrow.

Mudgeeraba defeated Coraki last round by the odd goal and Alstonville lost to All-Stars 3-2.

Both sides performed at a high level at times in their games, but the consistency has not been there.

Mudgeeraba showed they have the ability to defend and were also able to launch some effective raids at the other end.

The red-soilers never gave up and coming back from a 3-0 deficit at half-time last round to win the second half 2-0 indicates they are maturing as a top-grade team.

There have been consistent performances from a number of Alstonville players recently, notably Wotherspoon and Bergun, and if the rest of the team can step up they could get the points.

Northern Star travel to the Gold Coast for their game at 1pm tomorrow against Burleigh.

If any side can do well on the Gold Coast, it is Northern Star.

The Far North Coast premiers are putting together consistent performances and accounted for Kingscliff 3-1 last weekend.

Playing on the Gold Coast is like going to Lang Park in the old days of rugby league and the advantage always rests with the home side.

Northern Star has talent across the park and will be keen to stay undefeated in their pool.

In other games this weekend, Labrador play United and All Stars face Waratahs.

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