Coraki to be well represented
CORAKI will be well represented in this weekend's Far North Coast men's hockey grand finals, headed by the A-grade team.
The Coraki A-graders will take on Northern Star.
In the A-grade preliminary final last Saturday, Coraki got over a gallant Ballina 3-2 in a physical and fast game.
It took Ballina 25 minutes to cross Coraki's line with a brilliant Scott Hamilton solo run and back-stick shot under extreme pressure, giving keeper Horne no chance.
Until that point the spoils were even and both sides were quick to attack, but both were equal in defence until Hamilton's break.
Matt Scurr levelled the game just before half-time with another brilliant back-stick shot.
The teams went to the break at 1-1.
Coraki came out firing in the second half, forcing a penalty corner in the first 40 seconds, then another, but with no result.
Ben Moss put Coraki in front with a touch off a Matt Scurr pass five minutes in.
The game became very hard and fast and Ballina were finding it tough going midway through the section.
Toby Cronin scored a brilliant goal off a Grant Smith pass to level things with 18 minutes to go.
Ballina lifted and got the better of the game for a period and they were looking for Smith.
However, Coraki kept Smith under control, making him unable to influence the game as he normally would. With four to go, David Brown got a touch on the ball into the goal to give Coraki the advantage in the final minutes and the win.
Both sides gave it their all with some outstanding defence and attacking raids throughoutthe match.
Coraki take on Star in the big one next Saturday.
In B-grade, Ballina takes on Coraki.
In reserve grade, it's Coraki v Star.
In the C-grade grand final, it's Northern Star v Ballina.