Hockey: Hectic pace for men

THE in-form East Lismore had a 3-0 win over Northern Star while Coraki got over a determined Ballina 5-3 in Far North Coast A-grade men's hockey on Saturday.

Star and Easts started at a hectic pace. Star was not at full strength with Boothroyd, Harris, Wightman and Matt Harmon unavailable while Easts had their full complement but were tested by the defending premiers.

Easts threw all they could at Star with four penalty corners in the last 10 minutes of the first half but could not convert the pressure into goals.

James Harmon and Ryan McGuiness broke down attack after attack.

Star came out firing in the second half but Luke Kelso in goals for Easts denied Star time and again.

In the 17th minute of the second half East Lismore opened the scoring after sustained pressure with a nice back-hand hit over the 'keeper by Joel Johnson.

Easts went 2-0 up when Cooper Stahl nailed a superb penalty corner variation and Mitch Harley finished it off with a runaway two-on-one to make it 3-0.

At Ballina, Matt Scurr gave Coraki the lead then Nathan Fryer equalised 20 minutes later.

Ballina took the lead in the final 10 seconds of the half thanks to a diving Lou Morgan and went up 3-1 in the first minute of the sec- ond through Toby Cronin.

But Coraki lifted and wrapped up the win with goals to Matt Scurr, David Brown, Hayden Scurr and Scott Gallagher.



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