Easts looking to build on form
THE fourth round of the Far North Coast men's hockey kicks off at Ballina this afternoon, with East Lismore to take on Waratahs, followed by the Ballina and Star match.
East Lismore is coming off a good win and the Waratahs a draw, so both teams will be looking to maintain and improve their form.
Easts played well and were deserved winners last week.
They have some good combinations forming with Ryan Holding in the midfield.
Holding's running of the ball and linking with the forward line for Matt Rodda to make space is causing headaches for the opposing defence.
Jamie Hetherington is playing out of his skin to ensure that Easts' defence is tight, while the remainder of the young team are doing their jobs.
Waratahs could be short play-maker Dwayne Newell, who was suspended last week, and his omission will have an affect on the Burringbar team.
Midfielder Tim Willis will steer the team around with his methodical approach.
The Waratahs' play is all about position, precision passes and reducing turnover of the ball.
Northern Star will be looking to improve on last week's 4-0 loss to Coraki and it will be aware there is plenty of room for improvement.
Star is a good team.
There have been a couple of changes in personnel and it is rebuilding around the core group.
It will look to solid and reliable campaigners like Darryl Hughes and Thomas Vantaggiato to build the game against Ballina.
It will also be looking for the improving Adam Grill, Mitch Carter and Matt Harmon to try to break Ballina's defence and put their side in front.
Ballina will be looking to work off Grant Smith and endeavour to provide better support in attack this round.
It has plenty of experience with the Porter brothers and Josh Garrett and some outstanding youth in what shapes as a close match.
Coraki travels to Murwillumbah to play Kingscliff, which has firmed as the dark horse of the competition.
Kingscliff, a physical side, will impose its style on a young Coraki outfit.
Coraki coach Adrian McGrath has a plan in place for all types of play and is confident his young charges will pass the test.
Simon Brown and David Brown will create Coraki's play from midfield to feed players like Zach Clark up front.
In the women's A-grade matches today, on the Lismore turf, Glee will play Northern Star while Easts will play Ballina.