Coraki beats Northern Star
AN under-strength Coraki came away with a 5-3 win over Northern Star in the Far North Coast A-grade men's hockey action on Saturday.
In the other game, Ballina's Jake Baldry scored a hat-trick in his team's convincing 8-3 victory over Alstonville.
Coraki's Adrian McGrath led by example in Coraki's win.
The teams went to the break at 2-all with goals for Coraki to McGrath and Simon Brown and for Star to Mitchell Carter and Mark Albertini.
Coraki come out with all guns firing in the second half.
Scott Gallagher put away a rebound from Aaron Head's pads on a penalty corner. Gallagher again capitalised on Star's inability to clear the ball shortly after and took his team to a 4-2 lead before Ryan McGuiness got one back for Star.
Ben Moss sealed the win for Coraki when he converted a penalty corner. Star paid the price for some sloppy passing that allowed Coraki to dominate the midfield.
The win assured Coraki of the minor premiership with one round to play.
Tony Porter's determination in defence contributed to Ballina's convincing win over Alstonville and kept Ballina's semi-final hopes alive.
Porter was well supported by Danny Seymour in goals who made some crucial saves.
Alstonville opened the scoring through Lachlan McKendrick only to have Sam Davis equalise almost immediately from a penalty corner drag flick.
Ballina midfielders Mitch Harley and Wayne Porter were firing and gave some great quality ball to the forwards, with Jake Baldry finishing well and Wayne Porter adding one of his own.
Ballina went to the break 3-2 in front after Alstonville's Joe Boehm blasted a ball past Seymour.
Alstonville were right in it with 15 minutes to go, Dwayne White taking the score to 4-3. Troy Cooper, Dwayne White and Joe Boehm all worked hard for Alstonville but were unable to contain the Ballina strikers.
Sam Davis, Jake Baldry, Mitch Harley and Nathan Fryer added to Ballina's scoreline, romping home in the last 10 minutes to win by five goals.
ALSTONVILLE went down to Ballina 5-2 and Glee defeated Northern Star 5-0 in A-grade women's games.
Alstonville put in one of its best performances of the year in taking the match to Ballina and went to half-time on level terms at 1-all.
Kerrilee Brown scored for Ballina and Kallie Seymour for Alstonville.
Ballina capitalised on an Alstonville lapse in concentration to score three quick goals through Georgia Woolf, Brown getting a second and Michelle Anderson finishing off some great lead-up.
Alstonville's Caitlin Lidbetter, Rebecca Templeman and Kallie Seymour worked hard all game and Tara Leonard made some spectacular saves.
They pegged one goal back thanks to a diving Jenna Lidbetter late near the end.
Glee led 1-0 at half-time after Renee Dunstan finished a beautiful cross form Emily Savins but had failed to convert many other scoring opportunities.
Star applied plenty of pressure but Glee goalkeeper Raechel Alback was in good form, making some great saves.
Kim Chappel and Cassie Douglas scored two goals each, with Douglas' second a great strike from the top of the circle.
Glee got away from Star in the second half with Nic Danvers and Megan Kendall making some penetrating runs in attack as the Star defence tiring in the hot conditions.
Star's best were Donna Gray, Tracey Makings, Katrina Phelps and Leanne Albertini.
Glee are the minor prem-iers for 2009 and the battle for the other spot in the major semi will be finalised next week.