Hockey: Youngsters take step up

EAST Lismore were too good for Ballina 4-1 while Northern Star came from behind to get over Coraki 3-2 in the Far North Coast A-grade men's hockey double- header at Ballina.

Easts were without Matt Rodda (injured) and Cooper Stahl (representative duties) so they promoted young players Jonas Clark, Sam Osborne and Jacob Franey, who performed well.

Ballina were missing the Arundell brothers, which didn't help their cause.

The match was even for the first 25 minutes until Osborne found the net after an earlier shot had come off the post.

Easts took control from that point and Reece Amos put them 2-0 up at the break.

Isaac Layton scored just after half-time with a solo effort field goal then Mitch Harley converted a penalty corner with a solid flick shot to make it 4-0.

Ballina finally scored eight minutes before full-time via a Scott Hamilton penalty corner conversion.

Dan Riley was Easts' best player and Hamilton put in a solid game for Ballina.

In the other game, Matt Harmon put Star in front 15 minutes in with a skilful individual field goal.

Matt Scurr replied for Coraki five minutes later and Ethan White featured with two touches to convert a penalty corner and take a 2-1 lead to half-time.

It was definitely Coraki's first half and they did it without Tom Brown, but Star took over in the second half.

The score didn't change until late in the game when Star put together a flurry of 10 passes, culminating with Tom Vantaggiato equalising with a back-stick shot.

In the final two minutes Vantaggiato nailed the winner, scoring his second with another shot near the back line.

Best on field for Star was Lincoln Appleton for the third consecutive week while Coraki's best was Sam Brown.

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