FNC vs Grafton in A grade hockey intercity competition

Star’s Matt Frost (left).
Star’s Matt Frost (left). Debrah Novak

MEN'S A grade hockey provided no real surprises with mixed results for Far North Coast against Grafton teams in intercity competition at the weekend.

Northern Star easily beat Sailors 9-2 at Grafton with Matt Frost scoring a hat-trick. There was some history created in the Star match.

In 1995, Darryl Hughes scored a goal for Star in an A grade match, along with his brother Boyd.

On Saturday, Darryl Hughes scored for Star, as did his son Jesse, as two Hughes' men haven't scored for Star in an A grade match for 20 years.

Early in the section, Matt Frost scored, getting past some average defence.

Tom Vantaggiato put the visitors in front when he converted a penalty corner with a precision drag flick.

Steve Bothroyd, on his return to the club, made it 3-1 just before halftime.

In the second section, Frost scored and Sailors came back to close the gap to 4-2. Vantaggiato converted a penalty stroke, Bothroyd got his second and what was a slow start for Star, they clicked in the last 20 minutes with goals to Jesse Hughes (his debut A grade goal) via a penalty stoke.

Frost got his third and Darryl Hughes scored the ninth at the end.

In other games, Bears beat East Lismore 3-0.

Easts were in no way disgraced and could have picked up the points if things had gone their way.

Bears were not convincing but did enough to get the points.

East Lismore had plenty of possession but paid dearly when they did lose it.

Bears were totally unforgiving when they got the ball and scored on each occasion against the run of play.

The visitors led 2-0 at the break and scored in the second section as well.

Luke Kelso, in goals for Easts, had a blinder, Hetherington at centre-half played well as did Joel Johnson playing inside forward.

See The Northern Star tomorrow for women's hockey results.


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