Coraki put eight past Ballina
TWO hat-tricks featured in Coraki’s 8-2 win over Ballina in Far North Coast men’s A-grade hockey at Hepburn Park, Goonellabah, on Saturday.
Ballina opening the scoring when Tony Porter finished off a penalty corner move.
Ben Moss levelled from a set move 10 minutes before half-time after three successive penalty corners, then almost immediately Coraki went to the lead with a controversial goal from Scott Gallagher.
Ben Moss made it three with a brilliant individual run from the 25-yard line and made no mistake with his one-on-one with the Ballina goalkeeper.
Coraki led 3-1 at the break.
Sam Davis had been in everything for Ballina but lacked someone to link with.
Coraki started the second half with McGrath finishing off another Ben Moss move, then soon after a length-of-the-field play from Brown, Moss and Brown again set up Gallagher’s second.
Davis found some space and gave Ballina their second with a neat back stick shot but further Coraki goals to McGrath (two) and Gallagher sealed the convincing win.
Player points went to Moss, Brown and Davis.
In the other game, Alstonville edged out Easts 1-0.
Alstonville applied early pressure with Jay Wotherspoon in everything then later in the half Jamie Hetherington and Marcus Currie turned it on for Easts but were denied by fullback Matt Walter.
Just before the break Mitch Harley found some open space and scored a great backhand goal from the left side.
He almost made it two after half-time but was denied by a brilliant Luke Kelso save.
Veteran Boyd Hughes was inspirational at fullback for Easts and Jason Rodda did a power of work in defence, but Hetherington was their best, finding his mark every time.
Todd Seymour made two great saves to deny Easts inthe final 10 minutes along with some desperate defence from his team-mates.
Player of the match points went to Wotherspoon, Currie and Brodie Battese.
Reserve grade: Northern Star d Ballina 9-3, Alstonville d North Lismore 3-1, Easts drew with Coraki 3-all.
B-grade: Coraki d Summerlanders 7-2, Northern Star d North Lismore 4-1, Ballina d Alstonville 3-0.
C-grade: Northern Star d Easts 4-1, Ballina d Alstonville 1-0.