LINE OF FIRE: David Brown blasts a shot on goal for Coraki at Goonellabah last Saturday. He and his team will line up against East Lismore today.
LINE OF FIRE: David Brown blasts a shot on goal for Coraki at Goonellabah last Saturday. He and his team will line up against East Lismore today. Stuart Turner

It’s double the action as FNC A-grade men’s hockey resumes

A DOUBLE-HEADER will provide plenty of action when Far North Coast A-grade men's hockey resumes at Goonellabah today.

East Lismore will be keen to improve against a solid Coraki, while Northern Star hosts Ballina in the final round of the local comp before the start of the JH WIlliams Shield.

At this stage it is anyone's competition and you would try picking a winner in this round at your own peril.

Star has not named Chris McGuiness and Steve Boothroyd for its clash, so that weakens the defence and will give the visitors a slight advantage if they are at full strength.

On the flipside, Star has showed plenty of determination and effort and are second on the ladder without quite hitting top form.

Ballina again has nothing to lose. Last week they scored four goals and put competition leaders East Lismore and the other clubs on notice that they are improving fast.

Josh Garrett in defence has been outstanding and his performance will play a major role in determining the result today.

East Lismore welcomes back Dan Riley and will hope he can give them the extra they need to stay on top.

Star is just one point behind Easts and a second consecutive loss for East Lismore could see them drop to second after leading the competition for eight weeks.

Matt Rodda in midfield is creating plenty of opportunities. His linking with a fresh Dan Riley may be the key for East Lismore.

There is plenty of improvement on last week's game required for East Lismore.

Coraki did it all against Northern Star except score goals and if they hit the mark today they could test the competition leaders.

Ethan White was Coraki's best, Mitch Scotcher was in everything and these young fellows led the way for the Mid-Richmond men.

Star and Ballina will get action under way at 2.55pm, with Easts and Coraki at 4.20pm.

FNC women's games continue today with the highlight in A-grade probably the clash between Northern Star and Ballina.



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