Weekend hockey: Easts improve, Coraki demolishes Ballina
EAST Lismore played their best game of the season but still went down 2-1 to Northern Star in Far North Coast A-grade men's hockey.
In the other game on Saturday, Coraki demolished Ballina 10-2.
It was a gutsy effort from East Lismore against class opposition.
Star, led by Ryan McGuiness, was nearly impregnable in defence but off its game a little in attack.
There were no goals in the first half, although Matt Currie played superbly for Easts.
Star came out stronger in the second half and Matt Harmon converted a penalty corner with a solid flick to leave the defenders no chance.
Star was continually denied by the brilliance of Kelso in goals until, with just five minutes to go, an unmarked Mark Harris sealed the win with a solid shot.
Coraki and Ballina were both short of regular A-graders but Coraki struck early when Scott Gallagher cleaned up a penalty corner mistake.
Midway through the first half Tyler McGrath put Coraki two up with a shot from in front then Peter Duncan made it three with a soft goal against a rattled defence.
Soon after, Bucket made it four with a back stick shot from top of the circle and when Mick Enright and Bucket again found the net, Coraki led 6-0 at the break.
While Ballina lost star player Hamilton, Coraki pushed on with additional goals to Duncan and Bucket.
Sam Davis opened the seasiders' account in the final quarter but Harley struck back immediately for Coraki.
Davis notched his double when he converted a penalty corner before Ben Moss brought up the double figures for Coraki in the final minutes.