East Lismore’s Michael Broadbent makes a long pass in the minor semi-final against Ballina at Hepburn Park, Goonellabah, on Saturday.
East Lismore’s Michael Broadbent makes a long pass in the minor semi-final against Ballina at Hepburn Park, Goonellabah, on Saturday. JAY CRONAN

Star in hockey upset

IN Far North Coast A-grade men’s semi-final action on Saturday, East Lismore eliminated Ballina in the minor semi 4-0, while Northern Star upset minor premiers Coraki 2-0 in the major semi to secure a place in the grand final in two weeks.

Easts were focused and determined from the start, never really letting Ballina into it. Although Ballina eventually found their rhythm they failed to capitalise on any scoring opportunities.

Ryan Holding drew first blood for Easts, taking advantage of the control that Matt Currie and Jamie Hetherington had over the midfield.

Raymond Rodda scored the second off a penalty corner drag flick giving Easts a 2-0 lead at half-time.
Danny Seymour pulled off some good saves for Ballina but the team lacked cohesion despite the efforts of Jake Baldry, Sam Davis, David Flanagan and Nathan Fryer. Easts’ defence of Raymond Rodda and Adam Moss continually broke down Ballina’s attacking play.

Simon Mackney scored a well-deserved goal after some great work in attack and Marcus Currie netted the fourth off a reverse stick.

In the major semi, Northern Star attacked immediately, applying pressure to put Coraki on the back foot.

Star scored early when Darryl Hughes carried the ball from the 25 into the circle and neatly scooped it over Pete Ryan in goals for Coraki.

Star’s passes were accurate and well-timed and the team seemed fully committed in attack and defence, while Coraki were off the boil with passes not finding team-mates’ sticks.

Warren Birmingham tried to get something happening for Coraki, but with Ben Moss struggling with a knee injury and Star maintaining an extra tight mark on Adrian McGrath, options were shut down.
Pete Ryan in goals, Cory Thomas and Chad Morgan worked hard defensively for Coraki.

Star’s second came when Chris McGuiness delivered a terrific ball out of deep defence to Mitch Carter’s stick, giving Carter a one-on-one with the goalkeeper, who he neatly eliminated to smack the ball into the backboard.

Coraki mounted some late attacks but Star had it covered with Dave Kelly providing some excellent cover defence.

Easts and Coraki will meet in the final next Saturday.

Glee through; Ballina survives
IN the women’s semis, Ballina put in a convincing performance to defeat Easts 3-1 and Glee cruised past Star 6-2.

Ballina’s Georgia Wolf scored early off a penalty corner to put Easts on the defensive from the outset.
Ballina showed plenty of urgency, continually placing East Lismore under pressure and capitalising on Easts’ inability to clear the ball out of defence.

Genesia and Anna Chamberlain worked hard for Easts along with Kate Baird but Ballina’s Georgia Hunter ran amok with some great steals, creating plenty of chances.

Emily Hunter made it 2-0 just after half-time with another penalty corner conversion. Easts’ attacking raids were thwarted by the Ballina defence, Vickie Morgan pulling off a terrific save on the line to create more frustration for Easts.

Michelle Anderson was rewarded for her hard work in the midfield when she scored Ballina’s third.
Karen Eakin put Easts on the board by converting a penalty corner for a consolation goal after the final whistle.

In the major semi, Star scored first when Leanne Albertini took the straight shot from a penalty corner, stirring Glee into action.

Nic Danvers levelled shortly after and Kellie Guest took Glee to a 2-1 lead before Star equalised through Katrina Phelps.

Glee went to the break leading 3-2 after Cassie Douglas threaded her way through the Star defence.
After an even first half, Glee came out with all guns blazing.

Kim Chappel scored from a drag flick and Cassie Douglas picked up a hat-trick with a fine display of skill.

For Star, Mel Slade, Katrina Phelps and Ashli Olive combined well while the standout for Glee was pint-sized Jodie Danvers, who put in a powerhouse performance.

Glee are now in the box seat to take out an incredible ninth consecutive grand final.

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