Player on cloud nine after hat-trick of goals
HAT-trick hero Peter Duncan hopes he hasn't peaked too early ahead of the Far North Coast men's A-grade hockey grand final on Saturday.
Duncan was on cloud nine when he scored three goals for Coraki in the preliminary final against East Lismore.
He completed the hat-trick with a goal in extra-time to book his side a spot in the grand final.
"I've never had that feeling before and it was an amazing experience," Duncan said.
"It was great; I haven't played that well in a long time
"To score a third in a big game like that really tops it off.
"I just hope I haven't peaked too early and we can repeat that performance."
Duncan, 24, is a Coraki junior who represented combined catholic colleges in under-15s.
He took a seven year hiatus from the sport and played rugby league and rugby union in that time.
Coraki made the grand final last year and won it in 2011.
Duncan would love nothing more than to be a part of a premiership-winning team after returning in 2012.
"It's a massive confidence boost to go in with a few goals under my belt," he said.
"I hadn't scored many in the last couple of weeks
"Coraki has and always will be a hockey town; it's just what you do as a kid.
"There is definitely something in the water out here with some of the good players we've had.
Duncan knows they have a tough task in the grand final against Northern Star.
"We definitely have a challenge ahead of us," Duncan said.
"They're a good side and we haven't had much success against them this season."