Harmon ends Waratahs run
A BRILLIANT first-half goal by Matt Harmon was enough to give Northern Star a 1-0 win over the previously undefeated Waratahs in JH Williams Shield men’s hockey on Saturday.
In other games, Coraki defeated Ballina 3-1, East Lismore thrashed Redbacks 7-0, and Kingscliff and Murwillumbah drew 2-all draw.
With two rounds to play, Waratahs (31) lead the pointscore from Coraki (27), Star (26), Ballina (18), Kingscliff (13), East Lismore (13), Murwillumbah (11) and Redbacks (1).
Harmon struck for Star 10 minutes into the game against Waratahs at Hepburn Park, Goonellabah, with a stunning back-stick goal.
Goalkeepers Head (Star) and Paron (Waratahs) were exceptional, denying some exciting attacking raods .
Waratahs attacked relentessly as the clock ticked down in the second half but couldn’t find the equaliser.
Star can be well pleased with a gutsy win but Waratahs had a night where they did everything except score the goals and they remain the side to beat.
Coraki was less than convincing in its win over Ballina.
In the first minute Coraki’s Mitch Dunstan picked up a pass from Harley and touched it past Ballina goalkeeper Richard Lawrence.
It remained 1-0 until Baldry for Ballina was penalised with a penalty stroke for a deliberate breach in the circle two minutes into the second half.
Harley made it 3-0 after 11 minutes before Ballina converted a penalty stroke to peg one back and were Coraki’s equal for the rest of the half.
Richard Lawrence in goals and Brett Crawford at fullback were Ballina’s best while Chris Morgan, Corey Thomas and Alex McKendrick stood out for Coraki.
East Lismore could still sneak fourth place with two more wins following their 7-0 canter at Murwillumbah.
Meanwhile, Glee got away with a 1-0 win over Ballina in the FNC JH Williams Division 2 women’s hockey on Saturday and will be looking at how to improve on that effort.
An even first half produced no goals then Kim Chappell put Glee ahead four minutes into the second section.
Both sides had other opportunities but were unable to find the back of the net.
In the other game, East Lismore beat Northern Star 4-3.
The sides went goal-for-goal with Janelle Pitman, Sophie Rodda (2) and Danielle Rodda scoring for Easts, with Leigh Albertini scoring a hat-trick for Star.
The scores were locked at 3-all when Danielle Rodda broke the deadlock.
Glee will now play East Lismore in the second division final at Murwillumbah next weekend.