Ballina defeat struggling Sailors side
THE miserable wet conditions that plagued junior hockey cleared to allow senior games to go ahead without incident on Saturday.
Ballina defeated a struggling Sailors side 8-0 and Coraki hungon for a 1-all draw with Bears at Grafton.
Sam Davis scored a hat-trick for Ballina in a one-sided match.
JJ Parker opened the Ballina account in the 10th minute when he converted a penalty corner with a drag flick then a minute later he did the same thing to put the local side 2-0 up.
Ballina seized control when Tyler Arundel scored midway through the half and Davis scored his first just before the break.
The second half was more of the same, although Sailors did make some good attacking raids only to have Ballina goalkeeper Peter Ryan deny them with a numberof great saves.
Ballina fullback Adam Byrnes was setting up play nicely from deep in defence, distributing the ball well and making it easy for his forwards to make easy yards.
A lazy attempted tackle on Davis left him in space to get his second.
Jarred Arundel was given too much space and he was able to score with two unstoppable backhand shots.
In the closing stages Davis put the icing on the cake with another good goal.
Coraki, without Zach Clark and Peter Duncan, had to hang on to share the competition points with Bears in a fast and accurate match on the Clarence.
Neither side could score in the first half and the match was up for grabs.
Coraki took the lead early in the second thanks to a drag flick pen-alty corner conversion to Shaun Buckett.
Coraki looked in control but with 10 minutes to go Bears striker Braiden Lollback was given too much space and put the locals level.