Form proving hard to follow in intercity hockey competition

THE form has been all over the shop in A-grade men's hockey and you would be a brave man to pick a winner in the intercity round this weekend.

Ballina will travel to Grafton today to take on Bears from 4.15pm while Coraki hosts Sailors at the Goonellabah turf from 4.20pm.

Tomorrow East Lismore travels to Grafton to play Royals from 2.55pm and in Lismore Northern Star hosts Barbarians.

Ballina are coming off a convincing win over East Lismore and will be looking for a repeat of that performance.

Young gun Jarrod Arundel scored twice and set up a third goal for Ballina, combining well with Sam Davis and JJ Parker, and the trio are starting to give Ballina some strike power.

Coraki is having a home club day at Goonellabah with eight consecutive games - four junior games in the morning and four senior games in the afternoon.

That should attract a lot of supporters and may be a daunting prospect for Grafton side Sailors.

Coraki is coming off a loss in a game they led 5-3.

All credit to young Coraki captain Sam Brown for the way he played and the way he managed another ugly situation.

Brown is fast becoming a highly regarded player and leader, and Coraki are fortunate to have him.

Star at home should be a strong force against Barbarians but they have been up and down.

Barbarians are a good side and if they get a team to travel they will test Star.

It seems that whereas Star was once a complete unit across the field there is now a sprinkling of individualism coming into the team's play.

For the former premiers to threaten again they will need to become a strong combination and start with 11 on the field.

East Lismore was okay in patches last Saturday but not good enough to trouble Ballina, sotomorrow at Grafton they will need to improve.

Royals are not the best side in the comp but they have a go and will want to hit the wounded Easts side with all they have.

Cooper Stahl, Isaac Layton, Joel Johnson and Marcus Currie all have the ability to put Easts on the map but they need to get to a point where they can go the distance.

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